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The Thrill Of It All

Sam Smith

The Thrill Of It All

Second studio album from the singles-chart-topping singer-songwriter

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Capitol Records UK
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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Whilst The Thrill of it All isn’t a complete departure from the artist we all know and love, it is clear that Smith is in a new phase of his career and is encompassing what it means to be a ‘soul’ singer
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    It's emphatically not the sound of a young man riding high on life after shifting 12 million albums. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    "Him" elevates a set of brilliantly-sung songs into a potent concept album that universalizes heartbreak from a distinctly LGBTQ point of view
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    Like Adele’s ‘25’, this is an undeniably accomplished album that will, deservedly, shift a helluva lot of copies
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Having survived the world-tilting effect of selling millions of copies of his debut album, Sam Smith returns to the fray leaner and energised
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  6. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Soars highest when he stretches outside his comfort zone
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  7. 7.0 |   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
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  8. 6.0 |   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
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  9. 5.8 |   Pitchfork

    His spectacular voice doles out feelings in terms everyone can understand
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  10. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    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
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  11. 5.0 |   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
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  12. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    The thrills are few and Sam Smith is as guilty as hell
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  13. 4.0 |   The FT

    One bids The Thrill of It All goodbye more gladly than Smith’s vocal talents deserve
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  14. 4.0 |   The Observer

    There is little drama here, just plenty of shorthand (sad pianos), a total absence of risk and, perhaps worst of all, no evidence of the deranged hedonism that catapulted Smith into a funk
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  15. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    He feels somewhere between the insidious smoothness of Mick Hucknall and the bork-bork-bork honking of Heather Small
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  16. 3.0 |   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
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