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Sam Smith’s “The Thrill of It All” Explores Love and How to Pursue It

By Asia Michel

Published: November 8th, 2017

Can you say encore? With critics referring to Sam Smith as the male counterpart to Adele, there was no surprise in how amazing his debut album, “In the Lonely Hour,” was. His soulful voice drew in millions of fans, and now he has done it again with his latest album, “The Thrill of It All.” Songs “Too Good at Goodbyes” and “HIM” showcase Smith’s ability to dive into the depths of every broken heart and fearless romance.

With hit after hit, this fourteen-track album takes us through all the stages of love and bringing back your inner teenager. While some albums have a few songs that fall short, I cannot say the same about “The Thrill of it All.” The album has already reached number one on the iTunes Sales Chart after its one night of release. One of my favorite songs, “Say It First,” takes you back to the moment right before you tell your significant other the three epic words: “I love you.” The fear, the desperate want for the other person to say it first is all entangled in his lyrics. Smith’s ability to make his fans remanence about their love lives is probably another reason it has reached this volume of success.

With the album only including one feature, by an up and coming artist Yebba, in the song “No Peace,” the focus was clearly on Smith. The mixture of R&B, soul, and pop was eloquent and excellently done. It will be no surprise to hear most of these songs on rotation on almost every radio station. Smith’s first album led him to the path of winning four Grammy Awards and I am interested to see how many Grammy nominations this album will land him.

Is “The Thrill of It All” about the thrill of love, pursuing it and finding it? Or is he referring to the thrill stardom has brought him and how it ventures into his romantic life? Whichever one, this album was a complete success. Highlighting Smith’s vocal range and vulnerability, this album definitely lived up to its name.  

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