This week we continue our newly released album review with
Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All

Review: Jamie Read.


From the moment that I first heard his initial Nirvana EP, I felt like Sam Smith was destined for big things.

This four-track release was followed by the hugely successful In The Lonely Hour, an all-time favourite album of mine.

It was this debut that saw Smith win a Grammy and then get rewarded with doing a James Bond theme – which he won an Oscar for.

His tour for this second album sold out in mere minutes, a week before the album was even released.

Sam Smith is pop music’s hot property, whether the album were to be a big hit or suffer second album syndrome.

However, early signs were very good. He released Too Good At Goodbyes, Pray and then Burning from the album as single releases. All three songs showcase his fantastic voice and the tribulations of love. Personally, I found Burning to be an ideal break-up song.

The album keeps this theme of love and heartache. Some could find this a tad morbid – but does anyone do it better?

The Thrill of It All is like a diary of confessions from Smith.

One admission from Smith is his coming out as homosexual. It’s affected his music and I’m so pleased for that. The pronouns in the songs on this album refer to the male gender – especially on the powerful HIM. The song deals with his beliefs about God accepting him as being gay. It’s brilliant to have an openly-gay artist.

Baby, You Make Me Crazy is more upbeat than other tracks and has a great backing – like many of his tracks.

Sam Smith has such a powerful and brilliant voice.

His open-hearted album diary is a brilliant listen from a fantastic man.


Overall star rating: 5/5

Songs to play on repeat: Burning, Pray, HIM, No Peace, Say It First,
Nothing Left For You

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