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Parents need to know that both "Latch" and its accompanying album Settle by Disclosure have gone platinum in the U.S. "Latch" pairs the sultry vocals of Sam Smith with a poppy, dance-oriented, synth track from Disclosure. The song is about passion, commitment, and intimacy, with a touch of youthful obsession. The lyrics aren't explicitly about sex, but they do imply taking a relationship to the next level, with one line specifically about knocking down boundaries and a few mentions of touch. In the song's chorus, Smith is crooning to an unknown partner that he thinks they're "close enough" and asks, "Can I lock in your love, babe?" The video clearly illustrates the song's physical message, with a party and drinking as well as a scantily clad bedroom scene.
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Disclosure's snappy, electro-pop is hard not to dance to. Paired with Smith's easy-to-learn -- albeit repetitive -- lyrics, "Latch" lends itself quite naturally to a high-energy sing-along. Smith also shows off his vocal range in this track, beginning with his signature velvety voice and later taking it up a few octaves, which clearly illustrates why many listeners (including Disclosure) have mistaken him for a woman upon first listen. Together, Disclosure and Smith are hard to beat, which is why this song climbed to the top of the charts and earned platinum status.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about relationships, specifically when feelings of love turn physical. How do individuals know when they're ready to kiss or become intimate?
The lyrics for "Latch" feature a message of consent, with the singer asking for his partner's permission to "lock in" their love. What do boundaries and consent mean?
Sam Smith has also had success on his own with the album In the Lonely Hour. How does "Latch" compare in terms of the messages about relationships?
"Latch" uses phrases such as "lock in," "won't let go," and "shackled." What does commitment have to do with love?
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