It’s almost hard to believe that’s it’s been three years since In the Lonely Hour and it’s even harder to believe that that was only Sam Smith’s debut. It landed with such impact and Smith rose to fame so quickly that it feels like he’s been a permanent fixture in music for at least a decade. But even with all the massive success he’s enjoyed to this date, the sophomore album is always a tricky thing to pull off.
“I’m young and I’m foolish, I make bad decisions
I block out the news, turn my back on religion
Don’t have no degree, I’m somewhat naïve
I’ve made it this far on my own
But lately, that shit ain’t been getting me higher”
He really hit the ground running with “Too Good At Goodbyes” which picked things up right where he last left off; it’s really shown immense sticking power a la “Stay With Me.” It’s a great song and a great first single, but it doesn’t really stray far from the sound and formula of his first project. In fact, that’s pretty much the case for the entirety of The Thrill of It All. He definitely went with the “if it ain’t broke” approach and I don’t completely blame him for it. However, I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed that after a three year hiatus we didn’t get more of leap forward or at least a deviation. That feeling didn’t stick around long though as his incredibly soulful voice is still an absolute joy to listen to and it’s production is as radiant as ever, even with the saddest of songs.
Have you heard The Thrill of It All? What’d you think about it? Do you think it was a big enough step forward for Sam Smith? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions to the album.
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