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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter features production from Emile Haynie, Tyler Johnson, Malay, Jimmy Napes, Stargate, and Timbaland.
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Too Good at Goodbyes
You must think that I'm stupid You must think that I'm a fool You must think that I'm new to this But I have seen this all before I'm never gonna... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 85
    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.
  2. 80
    Smith’s voice remains a thing of wonder throughout.
  3. Occasionally, Smith slips back into blandness. ... But like Adele’s ‘25’, this is an undeniably accomplished album that will, deservedly, shift a helluva lot of copies.
  4. 75
    Turning heartache into Top 40 magic is Smith’s strength--he famously thanked an ex for his success during a Grammys speech--but only a few moments here truly resonate emotionally. One of those is the staggering standout “HIM.”
  5. Nov 2, 2017
    70
    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.
  6. Nov 7, 2017
    58
    The Thrill of It All even features a few songs that leave heartbreak in the rear-view mirror. They aren’t all successful, but they’re interesting experiments for someone whose bread and butter is romantic dissatisfaction.
  7. Nov 13, 2017
    30
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. Nov 5, 2017
    10
    The album is chic. I advise you to listen. A beautiful, unusual voice. Some songs have a choir. Sam passed his feelings well in recent years.The album is chic. I advise you to listen. A beautiful, unusual voice. Some songs have a choir. Sam passed his feelings well in recent years. I give ten out of ten. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2018
    10
    This album is so good. It stars with a number 1 hit and while your listening the record you are feeling everything Sam wanted to say. AlsoThis album is so good. It stars with a number 1 hit and while your listening the record you are feeling everything Sam wanted to say. Also vocally it's incredible. In one of the last songs, th one tha gives a title to the album, you can appreciatte how lost you can get by a break in a relationship, it's magical. Expand
  3. Nov 30, 2017
    9
    Dramatic, real and vulnerable, it grows bigger the more times you listen. Sam went from Grindr-hook-up meltdown songs to soaring tales of aDramatic, real and vulnerable, it grows bigger the more times you listen. Sam went from Grindr-hook-up meltdown songs to soaring tales of a broken heart, but this time in the healing process. Burning demons, expressing religious fears and personal acceptances, The Thrill of It All is undeniably a sophomore album to talk about.

    Highlights: Too Good at Goodbyes, Say It First, HIM, No Peace (feat. YEBBA), Pray.
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  4. Oct 18, 2018
    7
    Tenemos a "Adele" versión masculina, pero aún MÁS repetitivo en el tema del desamor. Y es que este álbum esta lleno de eso, no se reinventa.Tenemos a "Adele" versión masculina, pero aún MÁS repetitivo en el tema del desamor. Y es que este álbum esta lleno de eso, no se reinventa. En cuanto a producción más de lo mismo, coros de Iglesia acompañados de instrumentos que no saben lo que hacen, un Sam Smith que parece no le funcionó la fórmula de "contar mí historia" ya que sólo logro que las buenas valadas de este trabajo sean algo memorables y el resto parece ser un trabajo de un adolescente que apenas sabe componer, esta triste por una decepción y apesar de cargarse un sentimiento no logra transmitirlo con su voz. Sumando a esto, un intento muy gastado de incluir a la comunidad LGBT+. Sinceramente sin pena ni gloria. Esperando, pidiendo y deseando que no saque nada igual a esto en mucho tiempo. 7.8 para Sam Smith Expand
  5. Nov 3, 2017
    6
    It's alright. It does have more strengths over his debut, particulary with a more mature understanding of love (with the exception of Too GoodIt's alright. It does have more strengths over his debut, particulary with a more mature understanding of love (with the exception of Too Good at Goodbyes being rather immature framing-wise) and being openly gay, and even some of the production adding gospel weight to it. However this album is hindered by the same problems Sam Smith always has. That being weak vocals and generic composition. While it is undeniable that Sam does have a fantastic and unique feminine voice, it's unfortunately too held back without delivering powerful vocals like Adele, nor does the safe production can save his singing. It's clear that he wants to be the male version of artists like Adele and Amy Winehouse, artists that have a very safe and Grammy-friendly sound of 60s R&B and Soul. And while safe music is not bad, Adele and Amy made it work for them, but Sam meanwhile is too held back with just bland composition and production. Too Good at Goodbyes and Baby, You Make Me Crazy are major offenders at being super generic and banal. And Midnight Train is a blatant ripoff of Radiohead's Creep (which also makes it a ripoff of the Hollies; the Air That I Breathe). Sometimes the gospel sound does save a few tracks, like the standard edition's closer Pray, Say It First, HIM, and a solid blues-like number on special edition track Nothing Left for You. This isn't bad and is a step up from his debut, but he's not reaching the unique twist on 60s R&B that Amy Winehouse carved out, nor the powerful singing and smart song craft that Adele has. And compare him to other male queer singer-songwriters, he's not even close to Perfume Genius or even Rufus Wainwright. Again it's not bad, a little bit impressive and does fill a sad song void, but nothing all that remarkable at the same time. But it will sweep up Grammys, so there is something. Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2017
    3
    The Thrill Of It All proves that Sam's motto is make it exactly like my last album so we can get those coins (Adele's logic). This album isn'tThe Thrill Of It All proves that Sam's motto is make it exactly like my last album so we can get those coins (Adele's logic). This album isn't bad but it's also overrated. I ended up underwhelmed because this is exactly like his first record. It lyrically is better than his first album but overall this album is trumped by his first one. It just has no spice to it which is why his new song is just bouncing around the top 10 with no upward or downward direction. I would say Sam change your style it will work but as of now it's just a meh album. Expand
  7. Feb 3, 2018
    0
    melhor artista masculino da atualidade. Melhor voz masculina da atualidade. ÍCONE DO POP

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