The Thrill of It All

Sam Smith - The Thrill of It All
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #679 / 766
User Score
Based on 203 ratings
2017 Ratings: #779
November 3, 2017 / Release Date
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Capitol / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

The Thrill of it All is a stark portrayal of the life of a 20-something who has been thrust into the spotlight and intensely scrutinised, and lays the emotions that come with it bare. The universal themes of love and heartbreak might seem outdated to some; however, Smith’s rich tone with his signature breathiness enables all listeners to relate, as there is a true element of yearning in his voice in every song.

80
The Independent

Having survived the world-tilting effect of selling millions of copies of his debut album, Sam Smith returns to the fray leaner and energised with The Thrill Of It All.

80
Rolling Stone
Now, doubling down on his magnificent, gender-nonconforming voice while pushing his songcraft forward, Smith's second LP knights one of the mightiest, most expressive vocalists of his generation.
80
NME
Like Adele’s ‘25’, this is an undeniably accomplished album that will, deservedly, shift a helluva lot of copies.
80
The Telegraph

The Thrill of It All doesn’t just wallow in love’s misery, it practically drowns in the stuff. Its 10 songs are almost unrelentingly miserable, self-absorbed and self-pitying, verging on the lachrymose and sentimental (as lovers in the midst of a break-up often are).

75
Consequence of Sound

Much of it feels comfortable; at 25, Smith can still sing the hell out of the kind of love songs he could sing the hell out of when he was 20. But he’s grown, too, and The Thrill of It All is best when he stretches out of his comfort zone.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Turning heartache into Top 40 magic is Smith’s strength ... but only a few moments here truly resonate emotionally.

70
Slant Magazine

He's deepened his craft without exactly broadening it, which makes The Thrill of It All feel more like a fine-tuning than a bold new adventure. As far as such things go, however, it's the most potent proof yet of Smith's unique cleverness as a songwriter and unquestioned presence as a singer.

70
AllMusic
This album maintains a consistency and intensity that places it slightly above the debut.
60
The Guardian

There’s a certain power to The Thrill of It All, but it could have been a much more potent album if they’d laid off the polish just a little.

58
Pitchfork

The second album from the pop crooner uses the same method that made his debut such a commercial success. His spectacular voice doles out feelings in terms everyone can understand.

55
Spectrum Culture

On his sophomore release The Thrill of it All, Sam Smith continues ruthlessly down the path of his debut with variations on the same themes of heartbreak and sadness. This album’s 10 tracks are effective for long drives in the rain lamenting the broken shards of one’s life, sure, but in growth terms, it’s a disappointment.

50
A.V. Club
To date, the only real distinction of Smith’s music is his voice—and though he’s a talented singer, even that’s dulled by songs this predictably vanilla.
40
The Needle Drop

UK pop singer Sam Smith's latest album turns blue-eyed soul into a chore.

40
The Observer
You can count this album’s quirks on two fingers.
30
Drowned in Sound
Nobody expected Smith to reinvent the wheel on his second album, but anything is better than limping along on a flat tyre.
zachthesnack
94
Screw you guys, I love this album so much

Sam Smith is just an amazing singer/songwriter in my opinion. He is definitely one of my favorite mainstream talents and his music has always just sort of clicked for me. :)
35
In the past, Sam Smith has more than proven he has a voice. This album proves he still doesn't know what to do with it.
lemuriams
50
Best of what Sam Smith did was the electronic tracks and only the Nirvana EP had some level.
If I were to make a list of Sam Smith's best songs, it would mostly only be featuring the Disclosure.
Together, Omen, Latch, SAFE With Me (no stay with me). There are also good songs from debut as Money On My Mind or Restart (from deluxe ediction)

THIS WONDERFUL VOCALIST SHOULD CREATE ELECTRONIC ALBUMS, because they do not need any male Adele.
dumbmoonlight
50
If you can't beat your enemy... Try to join 'em!

In the same world The Weeknd is openly praised for disguising another cliché romantic album as a bizarre, dark experience of having normal feelings, Sam Smith suffers from being too real. You know, when you meet someone and in one week you already try to video chat during toilet time? Awkward, awkward... But not more awkward than blatantly exposing your lack of creative in terms of music writing like Sam Smith did here.

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Krolig
100
Мое знакомство со Sam Smith началось наверно после фита с братьями Disclosure. И вот с того раза я проникся его вокалом. Этот альбом он писал при сложных обстоятельствах, после 1 релиза он стал супер известным, появились деньги, он ходил по гей клубам, наркотики. В этом релизе он ушёл ... read more
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Track List

  1. Too Good at Goodbyes
  2. Say It First
  3. One Last Song
  4. Midnight Train
  5. Burning
  6. HIM
  7. Baby, You Make Me Crazy
  8. No Peace (feat. YEBBA)
  9. Palace
  10. Pray
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Added on: October 6, 2017