English singer-songwriter Sam Smith has achieved great success in recent years.

He took the charts by storm with his debut studio-album In the Lonely Hour back in 2014, and since then he has maintained his status as a household name, due to his numerous artist collaborations and impressive sophomore effort The Thrill of It All. We should be expecting a third record from the Grammy-award winning figure in 2019, and his new song Fire on Fire suggests expectations have reached a new high.

The song – along with a music video – was released just before Christmas, impressing his many fans. Fire on Fire was written and recorded for animated television miniseries Watership Down, which was directed by Noam Murro (Smart People, 300: Rise of an Empire) and aired on BBC One over the course of two days. The first two episodes were shown on the 22 December back-to-back, and the concluding two chapters in the series aired the following day on the 23 December. 

English singer Sam Smith performs onstage during his ‘the Thrill of It All’ world tour 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 23, 2018 in Shanghai, China.

Although not the first adaptation of Richard Adams’ classic 1972 novel, it was very well received by critics, who praised the voice-casting and visual style. General audiences also seemed to enjoy it a great deal, with most noting Sam Smith’s contribution. The song may actually be one of his best, and boasts a very classical and sophisticated sound. The singer has built his reputation around his incredible vocal abilities, of which are on full-display here. His voice compliments the pleasant instrumentation, the chorus is rather catchy with a good hook, and there are some nice little touches throughout the track; most notable, flourishes of delicate harp.

It’s definitely worth checking out, for those who didn’t watch Watership Down over the Christmas period.

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