The Thrill of It All

The Thrill of It All

by Sam Smith Sam Smith
The Thrill of It All

The Thrill of It All

by Sam Smith Sam Smith


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Referring to In the Lonely Hour as a massive success would not be hyperbolic. Each one of its four singles reached the Top Ten in Sam Smith's native U.K. As the album racked up multi-platinum certifications, Smith collected four Grammys. The momentum continued with "Writing's on the Wall," the first James Bond theme to top the U.K. chart and subsequently an Oscar winner. Smith's 2017 follow-up arrived a little over three years after the debut. It refines the M.O. of "Stay with Me" and "I'm Not the Only One," as it's stacked from floor to ceiling with ballads, and informed by vintage Southern soul and gospel, all distinguished with Smith's fraught, lump-in-throat outpourings. It wouldn't be a shock to learn that the singer finished each performance by either crawling back to bed or collapsing in the vocal booth. For that, The Thrill of It All -- an album that begins with "You must think that I'm stupid" and lifts in mood rarely and only slightly at that -- is an odd title. ("The Thrill of It All" itself doesn't appear on the album's standard edition, and is another griever, all remorseful pain, no pleasure.) Like "Stay with Me" and "I'm Not the Only One," these songs feature co-production from Jimmy Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice, who typically work in tandem, and in a few instances are assisted by the Dap-Kings Horns and several background vocalists who mitigate the misery. On "Baby, You Make Me Crazy," the horn section helps lend a rare moment of uplift, where Smith delights in thinking of listening to his favorite music to drown out the sorrow. The connections to the South extend to highlight "No Peace," a duet with Arkansas native and poised powerhouse Yebba Smith. More importantly, there's "Him," a moment of admission and proud defiance: "I walk the streets of Mississippi/I hold my lover by the hand/I feel you staring when he is with me." Additional songwriters and producers, including but not limited to Timbaland, Stargate, Emile Haynie, and Malay, contribute to one or two songs each, but this album maintains a consistency and intensity that places it slightly above the debut.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2017
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602557855784
catalogNumber: 002754002
Rank: 13189


  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
  9. Palace
  10. Pray

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Fitzmaurice   Percussion
Earl Harvin   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Darryl Pearson   Guitar
Timbaland   Bass,Percussion,Synthesizer Pads
Stargate   Percussion
Larrance Dopson   Piano
Ben Jones   Acoustic Guitar
Ladonna Harley Peters   Background Vocals
Tyler Johnson   Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,Drum Loop
Vula Malinga   Background Vocals
Patrick Linton   Background Vocals
Jodi Milliner   Bass,Moog Synthesizer,Moog Bass
Malay   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Darren Heelis   Bass Guitar,Moog Synthesizer
Emile Haynie   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Vicky Akintola   Background Vocals
Lj Singers   Choir, Chorus
Camaron Ochs   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jimmy Napes   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Synthesizer Pads
Reuben James   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Gus Pirelli   Moog Bass
Brendan Grieve   Celeste
Abbey Smith   Vocals

Technical Credits

Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Steve Fitzmaurice   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Earl Harvin   drum programming
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Darryl Pearson   Composer
Gene Redd   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Richard Westfield   Composer
Simon Hale   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Bruce White   String Section Leader
Woody Sparrow   Composer
Timbaland   Producer,drum programming
Lawrence Johnson   Vocal Arrangements
Ruven Afanador   Cover Photo
Everton Nelson   String Section Leader
Tim Mosley   Composer
Ian Burdge   String Section Leader
Richard George   String Section Leader
Larrance Dopson   Composer
Tyler Johnson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer
Jodi Milliner   drum programming
Malay   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Lucy Whalley   String Contractor
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Darren Heelis   Engineer,drum programming
Emile Haynie   Composer,Programming,Producer
James Ho   Composer
Jason "Pooh Bear" Boyd   Composer
Camaron Ochs   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer
Sam Smith   Composer
Jimmy Napes   Producer,drum programming
James Napier   Composer
Jimmy Giannos   Composer
Dominic Jordan   Composer
Charles Emanuel Smalls   Composer
Reuben James   Composer
Gus Pirelli   Engineer
Will Purton   drum programming
Nick Lobel   Engineer
Brendan Grieve   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jose Valasquez   Composer
Abbey Smith   Composer

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