Album Review: Sam Smith “The Thrill of It All”

Sam Smith Makes Romantic Desperation and Loneliness Feel So Good

Jennifer Franco, Staff Writer

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Sam Smith knows what it’s like to yearn for someone who barely notices you’re alive. He’s well acquainted with romantic desperation, the kind of pitiable state where you betray everything you believe in because you’re just so lonely. And he became one of this decade’s biggest pop stars because he was willing to take all of those desires, no matter how embarrassing, and lay them out in terms everyone can understand.

This showed in his debut album In the Lonely Hour quickly becoming very successful in 2014. His new album, The Thrill of It All, leans on the same strengths that made In the Lonely Hour one of this decade’s most successful debuts. His voice is just as relaxing as the ocean and is smoother than butter; his ballads have that mournful piano melodies and fleshed out with choral arrangements; he spills out his emotions that everyone can relate to.

His album features “Too Good at Goodbye” which has lingered around the Billboard Top 10 since its release—but it can be exhausting, especially over the course of an entire album. But I feel that the most powerful song, which was definitely different from his other previous song is “HIM.” In this song he is almost having a spiritual conversation talking about the man he loves and until now, Smith has largely kept his identity as a gay man out of his songwriting. Here, he addresses a “Holy Father,” appearing to conflate spiritual and biological patriarchs, confessing he’s “not the boy that/You thought you wanted,” and declaring “it is him I love,” bottoming out his register on the final word. It’s intense, and by the time Smith describes walking hand in hand with his lover through the streets of Mississippi,a state whose is famous for intolerance, it’s clear Smith has forged a civil rights anthem no less visceral and no less committed.”Him” elevates a set of brilliantly-sung songs into a potent concept album that universalizes heartbreak from a distinctly LGBTQ point of view.

“The Thrill of It All” is easily one of the best pop albums of the year, and not just because it’s so brilliantly disheartened.His perpetually broken-hearted world, and honestly loving split may count as the greatest love of all.

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