There are some collaborations that make total sense no matter the circumstances. Peanut butter and jelly. Superman and Clark Kent. Disclosure and Sam Smith. Honestly, the mega-hit “Latch” set the bar extremely high for their upcoming meeting on Disclosure’s sophomore album, Caracal, and it’s often impossible to reach expectations.
“Latch” introduced both artists in a big way to American listeners, and now that we are a little bit more familiar, having heard great albums from them both since, we are ready for round two.
The thing that made “Latch” work so well is the partnership between Disclosure’s house instrumentals and Sam Smith’s vocal range. The synergy between them created a connection that was probably the fuel for your late night, candle-lit romantic sessions. “Omen” sounds more akin to a Sam Smith song. The brothers Disclosure provide the house-laden, almost seductive keyboard track that Smith takes control of. We tend to think of omens as a bad thing, but in the case of this song it’s a signal that someone still cares. The theme of the song surrounds a breakup and how it makes you feel. Smith notices his love crying, which gives a glimmer of hope that everything was in fact meant to be after all.
“Omen” has immense mainstream potential and probably will be one of the most successful songs from Caracal and is definitely going to be a staple in the late summer push of radio and clubs around the country. Whether one feels that it is comparable to “Latch” is still unknown. Where “Latch” may be the song that remains recognizable for both artists down the road, “Omen” is a solid collaboration that furthers the chemistry rather than defines it.
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