Sam Smith Is “Crazy”

"Baby, You Make Me Crazy" Live in Fair Verona

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BY: Rudie Obias

After winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond movie Spectre starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz as Blofeld in 2015, Sam Smith released his second album The Thrill of It All to critical and commercial success. While he’s already released a handful of singles since its release in 2017, Mr. Smith just put out the music video for an acoustic version of the hit “Baby, You Make Me Crazy,” the fourth single from the album. Not only is it an all-new acoustic version, it’s also filmed live in the city of Verona in Italy.

The video is performed in one take with the 26-year-old and his backup singers and guitarist in the middle of a cozy Italian street. It’s full of soul and range, as the group looks happy to be performing it for their fans all over the world. “Baby, You Make Me Crazy” is one of the more tuneful songs from Sam Smith, while he’s known for mostly his deep and slow ballads with his signature falsetto. Afterwards, he shares a few selfies with his fans. It’s a lot of fun, even though it’s a sad love song about a break up. Check out these lyrics:

“You say that you’re leavin’, but I don’t think I can let go
When you put the phone down, I began to cry
What are you to do, when the person that you love just says no?
Boy, get yourself together, move on with your life.”

Smith is having a very good 2018. His sophomore album is a hit, as it reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. He’s also currently on tour through the United States with American Country singer Cam (whose real name is Camaron Marvel Ochs) opening for him every night. Sam Smith is also one of the most celebrated recording artists today with a handful of Grammy Awards and an aforementioned Oscar. Here’s what Smith said about recording The Thrill of It All.

“I went through, like, this vortex, came out, I feel like I’ve rebuilt myself as a stronger thing and I’m just gonna go into the vortex again,” he told Billboard in 2017. “I wasn’t trying to make a big pop record when I made this album. I was actually just trying to make something personal and like a diary.”

The Thrill of It All is out now on Spotify and Apple Music, while “Baby, You Make Me Crazy” is available on YouTube.