With a masterful second album and a rejuvenated, hopeful self-awareness, Sam Smith has crafted a live experience that exhibits the singer’s musical and emotional maturity as one of pop’s most charming artists.
From his influential rise to fame in October 2012 as the featured vocalist on Disclosure’s groundbreaking single “Latch” and his 2014 first studio album, In the Lonely Hour, Smith has been renovating the musical scene with endearing vulnerability—his enchanting falsetto and overly-honest lyrics have entranced the hearts of millions—an impossible feat for a sentimental singer without a talent like Smith’s to match.
In November 2017, Smith released his highly-anticipated second album, The Thrill of It All, greeting the world with an unexpected sense of independence.
The Thrill of It All is signature Smith at his best—heightened sensitivity matched with vulnerable vocals that reach heights achievable only by one who has been bitterly wounded by a former lover. Still, even while showing off his ever-rooted tenderness, Smith impresses audiences with a newfound strength that defines a new era of confidence for the singer.
Lyrics like, “You made me sad till I loved the shade of blue,” may reflect scars of young love, but don’t be fooled—although well-versed in an array of relational stings, Smith has resolved to be a relentless protector of his delicate heart.
In his 2017 gospel-tinged introduction to the album, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” Smith promises, “Every time you hurt me, the less that I cry,” which is a long way from his desperate pleas for affection in 2014’s “Stay with me.” The three years separating the two chart-topping hits must have been paved with growth, as Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” gave a glimpse of a more fully-defined artist—transforming the stains of heartbreak into a portrait of a refined young artist.
“Too Good at Goodbyes” remained on the Singles Chart Top 100 for three consecutive weeks, becoming Smith’s sixth number one single, and it debuted at number one in the U.S. on the Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart, with worldwide Spotify streams of the single exceeding 100 million.
Continuing to echo the impact of his first album, Smith shared “One Last Song” as a second single and a successful follow-up to “Too Good at Goodbyes.” In March of 2018, the world welcomed the album’s third single, “Pray,” one of the singer’s most spiritual pieces. Featuring American rapper Logic, the melancholy track highlights the paradox of a soul living in worldly fame while searching for divine intervention. Smith lets his haunting voice climb unforeseen mountains with vocal runs that would not be out of place in gospel choirs.
Not only does The Thrill of It All showcase the myriad feelings of a capable soul, it also demonstrates Smith’s immense ability as a worthy songwriter and a stunning vocalist. Throughout the album, Smith offers purposeful lyrics washed with clarity and poignancy—words with much more perspective of his personal life than those of his previous album.
Smith’s live renditions of these powerful songs are sure to fill you with poetic inspiration and hope in the lonely hour, so come experience the magical gift of Sam Smith and his cherubic vocals on July 11 at the Amway Center in Orlando or July 13 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.