"Latch (feat. Sam Smith)" (CD single)

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Sultry dance track about commitment and love's early stages.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The lyrics to "Latch" are romantic and about the early stages of love: "You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down. You, you enchant me even when you're not around." The couple is certainly lusting for one another, but it also is clear that they're already very close and supportive of one another and have waited, although how long is unclear. The most positive message in "Latch" is that Smith is asking his partner, "Can I lock in your love?", sending a message about consent, whether he's referring to kissing or more than that.

Positive role models

The singer is a positive role model in that he is in love, and his lyrics celebrate commitment and consent. The video also features diverse types of couples.

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The lyrics to "Latch" don't explicitly mention sex, but the mention of knocking down boundaries, as well as the chorus "I think we're close enough, could I lock in your love?", implies taking a passionate relationship to the next level. The video is overtly sexual and features three couples, including one lesbian pair, kissing and becoming intimate for the first time. The one couple who have sex are shown taking off and later putting on clothes in a bedroom. They are shown making out in their underwear, and later we see the young woman gripping the man's back. A fun, intimate party is happening in the building, and the other couples are shown locking eyes, meeting, and kissing for the first time. Although the video makes it clear that the song's message is about a physical relationship, it also shows each couple entranced by and gazing lovingly at each other, as well as expressing intimacy and love.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is no mention of drugs or alcohol in the song lyrics. The video features a party scene with beer bottles and red Dixie cups scattered around. A young woman picks up a liquor bottle to mix a drink, and other people are dancing with beer bottles in their hands.

Parents Need to Know

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.

What's the story?

LATCH is about a young man who is ready to commit and feels that he and his partner have found love. It's romantic on the verge of obsessive and illustrates the feeling of becoming so close to someone that you never want to be apart.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Release date:February 4, 2014
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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