Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All Zip Album Download
Sam Smith’s breakout moment as a deep house don on Disclosure’s “Latch,” arguably the sexiest club banger of 2012, was a feint. Sure, dude could sing. But given the digital-chipmunk high notes and other effects, the jam gave little indication of his full power. His debut LP, In the Lonely Hour, clarified matters, racking up ridiculous stream and sales numbers, plus four Grammys. 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.
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.
01. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes
02. Sam Smith – Say It First
03. Sam Smith – One Last Song
04. Sam Smith – Midnight Train
05. Sam Smith – Burning
06. Sam Smith – HIM
07. Sam Smith – Baby, You Make Me Crazy
08. Sam Smith – No Peace (feat. YEBBA)
09. Sam Smith – Palace
10. Sam Smith – Pray
11. Sam Smith – Nothing Left For You
12. Sam Smith – The Thrill Of It All
13. Sam Smith – Scars
14. Sam Smith – One Day At A Time