Sam Smith - The Thrill Of It All

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The Thrill Of It All is the second studio album by British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, released in November 2017 via Capitol Records.

The Thrill of It All sees Sam once again working alongside close friend and long-term collaborator Jimmy Napes as well as the likes of Timbaland, Malay, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and Stargate. The album also sees Sam collaborate with unsigned artist, YEBBA for their track “No Peace”.

Will Hermes reviewing the album for Rolling Stone magazine rated it with 4 stars (out of 5) writing:

“…The Thrill Of It All is the second studio album by British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, released in November 2017 via Capitol Records.

Where Lonely Hour led with beats, Thrill of It All opens on lonely piano chords and Smith's whispering high tenor, which sweeps up to falsetto on the pre-chorus, soon echoed by a choir and handclaps. The song, "Too Good at Goodbyes," has gotten over 120 million YouTube plays since its release as a single, and establishes the ruling formula for album, one which Smith laid out on his biggest hit "Stay With Me" – an aching lover pleading with a paramour against slow-building gospel-pop rapture. He mixes up. "One Last Song" adds choral muscle and Memphis brass to a doo-wop strut that echoes Amy Winehouse, as does "Baby You Make Me Crazy" (Smith's live version of the late singer's "Tears Dry on Their Own" is worth searching for). On the tortured "Burning," which begins with a haunting a capella, Smith confesses despondency, flying up and down his vocal range, each switchback escalating the drama until yet another churchy choir raises the roof. "No Peace" is a showpiece duet with up-and-comer Yebba, a Harlem-based singer via West Memphis, Arkansas, whose full breakout moment must be close at hand.

But the drama here peaks with the breathtaking "Him." 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 famous intolerance was immortalized by kindred torch singer Nina Simone in her 1964 single "Mississippi Goddam" – 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. Yes, the magic beats of "Latch" are missed. But here's hoping for a house remix of "Him" that will raise the roof in clubs gay and straight for years to come...”

 

Check out the tracks:  Too Good At Goodbyes”; “One Last Song”; “Pray”; “Burning”; “Too Good At Goodbyes (Live)”; and “No Peace (Live)”.

This limited Special Edition double album 2LP record set is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed insert and digital download code, pressed in the USA.

(602557991307)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Too Good At Goodbyes

3:21

A2

Say It First

4:07

A3

One Last Song

3:12

A4

Midnight Train

3:27

B1

Burning

3:23

B2

Him

3:10

B3

Baby, You Make Me Crazy

3:27

C1

No Peace

4:43

C2

Palace

3:07

C3

Pray

3:41

C4

Nothing Left For You

3:46

D1

The Thrill Of It All

3:28

D2

Scars

3:03

D3

One Day At A Time

3:29

SKU 602557991307
Record Label Capitol Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number B002749101
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 03 November 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 03 November 2017
Barcode # 602557991307
Shipping Weight 0.5850kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Pop
Genre Rhythm & Blues
Format VINYL LP

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