Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All
Release: 3rd November 2017
Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes, Emile Haynie
Singles: Too Good At Goodbyes, One Last Song
If your cast your mind back to 2012, a little-known duo called Disclosure released one of the best pop-electronic crossing singles in years, featuring a then-unknown Sam Smith. And since that fateful day, Sam Smith’s world domination has shown no signs of slowing down, even during the three years since his debut album, 2013’s In The Lonely Hour. Having already topped the charts in both the UK and the US to name a few, it would appear as if The Thrill of It All is just as good.
Smith’s vocals aren’t like anyone’s out there at the moment, and the songwriting behind the voice is as strong as ever, perfectly playing to the strengths of the artist, with the content and subject matter as simple-yet-reminiscent as you could ask for from a pop musician. In The Lonely Hour was something of a victim to the charts, with cheap cuts like Money On My Mind possibly devaluing Smith’s talents somewhat, so with his second album, it’s good to see that these have been ousted from the finished article. Even if Midnight Train has the potential to get Smith into another plagiarism lawsuit, this time sounding an awful lot like Radiohead’s Creep, The Thrill of It All is a strong second album, one that’s effortlessly continued the Smith legacy.
Verdict – WWWW