Sam Smith has been covering Amy Winehouse’s 2007 single “Tears Dry On Their Own” for a while now, most recently at September’s Rock in Rio festival. And his version is predictably lovely and all, but it’s just not soul-crushingly devastating enough, you know?
With his most recent tribute to the late songstress, though, Smith has really upped the emotional ante, giving us a cover worth crying over. On Thursday afternoon (Nov. 5), he premiered his gorgeous rendition of Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game” on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. Calling it “a monster of a song,” Smith said he thinks the titular lyric is “one of the most relatable [he’s] ever heard” and further explained how Winehouse has influenced his own career.
“Sometimes people forget my age, I think,” he told Mac. “I was 11 years old when Frank came out and that album has really shaped me as an artist and my views on music and my relationship with music, lyrically. […] Just her rawness on such beautiful chords, on such expensive chords. It’s just amazing.”
The cover will reportedly be included on Smith’s deluxe reissue of his 2014 debut album In the Lonely Hour, as will his his recently released ballad “Drowning Shadows.”