Sam Smith gave us the ultimate break-up song earlier this year when he dropped his comeback single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’. The song became one of the star’s biggest hits to date and one so many around the world were able to relate to and now, he’s finally released his second studio album ‘The Thrill Of It All’.
On his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’, Sam proved that he has an exceptional set of pipes on him and on ‘The Thrill Of It All’, the star gives a more polished performance. It doesn’t feel right starting this review speaking about anything other than Sam’s vocals which never fail to make a person stop and listen. The range, the control and the power his vocal encompasses is mind-blowing. It’s something that has always and will always set him apart from his peers and Sam gives a phenomenal vocal performance on this record.
Besides his voice, Sam relates to people on a deeper emotional level thanks to the lyrical content on the record. The songs aren’t written as fairytales. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. The content hits home. Sam has managed to put into songs the feelings so many of us have felt at some point in our lives. It’s comforting to see that someone else has felt heartbreak and managed to get through it stronger. Break-up albums have always been popular with audiences and ‘The Thrill Of It All’ is exactly the album we need to deal with heartache in 2017.
Sonically, Sam continues to use soul and R&B elements to tell his story. The genres are both emotional ones which help elevate the message Sam tries to get across through his music. It also helps the star channel his emotion into his voice and the raw vulnerability is something that makes this album so special.
However, this isn’t a perfect record. I would have liked to see Sam step outside of his comfort zone a little bit. Sure, he works his strengths on ‘The Thrill Of It All’ but I have an issue that you know exactly how the album is going to sound before even listening to it. ‘La La La’, his collaboration with Naughty Boy, is one of my favourite tracks from Sam and it would have been nice to see him push himself creatively with his sonic direction.
Despite this, the growth in Sam’s performance is undeniable and when an artist releases an album which connects to so many people from different walks of life all around the world, it should be celebrated. Sam has proved that he is an exceptional singer and songwriter and he deserves every bit of success he gets with this record.
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To celebrate the release of the ‘The Thrill Of It All’, I’ve got two copies of the album to give away compliments of Universal Music South Africa. To win, simply leave a comment in the comments section below and tell me why you’re a fan of Sam Smith. Easy right? As always, terms and conditions apply and judges decision is final. And GO!
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