Album Review: Sam Smith

“The Thrill of it All” was definitely a thrill.

Sam Smith is back and better than ever. The last we heard from Sam Smith, aside from his album he dropped this week, was in 2014 with his hits, “Stay with Me,” “I’m Not the Only One” and “Lay Me Down.” He released his newest album, “The Thrill of it All” containing 14 songs; 50 minutes of the voice of an angel.

Sam Smith’s last album, released in 2014, “In The Lonely Hour” was a more upbeat album, but “The Thrill of It All” is a very piano-heavy ballad. The music is very soft to the ear and Smith uses a lot of echoed choir and handclaps. Many of the songs are based on love, heartbreak, and loneliness. Sam Smith never lets us down by putting us into our feels through his emotional songs. You can tell Smith has a bruised heart and he truly pours it out into his music. The album’s style and genre match up with Adele, John Legend and old school Ariana Grande, so if you listen to these artists you’ll fall in love with Sam Smith.

When Sam Smith first released his EP, the first song, “Too Good at Goodbyes” was an instant hit, with 200+ million YouTube views. Like many of his songs, it was about a volatile relationship. Sam Smith also takes on his sexual orientation and adds a spiritual aspect on it as well with the song “Him.” It’s an intense song, with very meaningful lyrics: “Don’t try to and tell me that God doesn’t care for us, It is him I love.” “In The Lonely Hour” was going to be a hard one to live up to, but Sam Smith did it again. Go through his album and I guarantee that you will find a least one song you will relate to and fall in love with.

I have personally listened to the whole album on repeat for the last week and I have not gotten tired of it. The songs are deliciously sad and I would totally recommend it to people who want some good songs to cry to.