Smith delivers the Thrill

Sam Smith's new album opens to positive reviews.

Sam Smith's new album opens to positive reviews.

Brian Figg, Copy Editor

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The Thrill Of It All, the second studio album from English singer Sam Smith, released on November 3, 2017. The release of the album will be followed by a North American tour. Sam Smith rose to fame in early 2014, releasing his first album In the Lonely Hour. The singles from the album were wildly popular, with “Stay With Me” reaching number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and “I’m Not the Only One” reaching number 5.

Three years later, after a world tour, a Bond theme song, and maturation as an artist, Sam Smith is back with an album that showcases his amazing range and style as a singer as well as excellent songwriting. Smith’s emotion and sensitive vocals are paired with piano keys that complement his powerful voice. The violins offer shrieking cries to his falsetto interludes. This is an album free of filler- a 14 track masterpiece that pairs his soulful sound with depressed, moody lyrics.

This 14 song album has a positive title, which has been reflected in the music. The cover depicts a black and white portrait of Smith. The depressed Smith, after newfound fame and fortune, has a slightly more optimistic tone in his reflectionary melodies. Tracks like “Too Good at Goodbyes” please the masses, a similar sound to his best-selling formula discovered on In the Lonely Hour.

This track was also the first single, and on the day the album released already had over two hundred million streams on the Spotify app alone. The second single, “Pray,” is a nontraditional take on gospel that was expertly produced by hit-maker Timbaland. Smith hits hard on “HIM”, a social statement to his homosexuality and not being ashamed of who he is. “Burning”, the final single, inspires with haunting cries and the natural power that Sam Smith delivers. “One Last Song”, “Baby, You Make Me Crazy” and “No Peace” featuring Yebba all offer uptempo beats and more positive lyrics that are reminiscent of his early Disclosure collaborations.

The Thrill Of It All shows progression in Sam Smith’s career. Smith hits the high notes more consistently throughout the tracks. He switches styles from slow jazz singing to his radio friendly falsetto to the hurt cries of lost love. The versatility Smith showcases is a testament to his vast popularity and staying power.

I thoroughly enjoyed this album, and would recommend a complete listen to fans of all genres. The Thrill Of It All is available on all major platforms, and catch Smith on tour December 1 at the Forum.

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Smith delivers the Thrill