Sam Smith Gives Haunting, Soulful Performances on ‘SNL’

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While Wonder Woman was busy showing off her comedic side on this past week’s SNL, Sam Smith came through to perform two singles from his long-awaited new album The Thrill of It All. As usual, the Brit singer crooned his way through heartbreaking ballads in a way that only Adele can match, in a perfectly somber performance fit for re-watching while rain bounces off your windows and you spoon a pint of ice cream.

He performed “Too Good at Goodbye” and “Pray,” the newest single that he already revealed is about his time spent in Iraq. “I spent five days in Mosul and came back ­embarrassed that I had known so little about the world and other people’s lives,” Smith said to Billboard. “I went back to that great Nina Simone quote, that it is important to speak about the times you live in. I hadn’t done that; I’d just written a bunch of songs about love. So I wanted to write about how I’m now starting to open my eyes, at 25, to what is going on in the rest of the world, and that it’s not always pretty.”

Watch the SNL performances below.