I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith
As its title indicated, “I’m Not The Only One” is the story of betrayal and the suffering provoked in the case of a woman. “I’m Not The Only One” follows the gospel style initiated by “Stay With Me”, in addition mostly focusing on a pop style.
“I’m Not The Only One” presents the story of a common couple living in a modest home, enjoying their breakfast. She remains at home, while he leaves arguing he is late. The woman is displayed as attempting to fight with herself and her weakness. Although she knows she isn’t the only woman in his life, she pretends everything is normal. She is drinking next to a pool, taking off the engagement ring, as sign of revolt; she feverishly drives, in order to get more drink; she smokes and she finally burns his clothes, in order to suggest her disconnection to the man who meanwhile, enjoyed his time in a pub with another woman.
The two characters are showed in parallel planes, the man’s increasing infidelity leading to more severe deeds performed by his fiancée, such as burning his things. Fire is implied by the director as a purification tool, suggesting that a chapter ended in the life of the betrayed woman. Unexpectedly, when the man returns home, she behaves as if nothing has happened, hiding her pain and revolt in a perfect smile suitable to a perfect fiancée.
“I’m Not The Only One” is the fourth single released from Sam Smith’s debut album, “In The Lonely Hour”, being written by the artist and Jimmy Napes, a member of the house duo Disclosure. The collaboration between Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes is recurrent, the British pop artist contributed vocals to the single “Disclosure”. “I’m Not The Only One” was launched on 31 August 2014, following the success of “Stay With Me”.
The video of “I’m Not The Only One” was released on 1 August 2014, Sam Smith choosing to collaborate with Luke Monaghan, having also directed “Leave Your Lover”, as well as “White Noise” in the case of Disclosure. The video features actress Dianna Agron in the role of betrayed lover and Chris Messina as the unfaithful partner. The development of the video is a cyclic one, the video debuts and ends with a similar image: Dianna Agron welcoming her partner.