With The Thrill Of It All just one week away from dropping on November 3rd, Sam Smith has decided to provide us with one more reassuring glimpse into his anticipated sophomore LP!
So far, the Oscar-winning hit-maker has released his chart-topping, lead single “Too Good At Goodbyes” and the genuinely hopeful “Pray” off of his upcoming album – and now, we’ve arrived at “Burning,” a track that he says is his favorite and has described as the “core” of The Thrill Of It All.
“Funny how time goes by/ Had respect for myself/ That river ran dry/ You reached the limit/ I wasn’t enough/ It’s like the fire replaced all the love,” Sam croons across the slow-burning ballad, which sees him reflecting on past mistakes that caused an important relationship to deteriorate. It’s heartbreaking as it is powerful, as Sam keeps the focus entirely on his impactful voice while lingering piano melodies float in the distance.
“It’s the most personal song I’ve ever written in my life,” Sam expressed during an appearance on BBC Radio. “I was going through a really tough time last year. I live in London, and I went through a breakup. And I dealt with the breakup in a bad way, and I was just going out way too much. I let everything go in that song. And that song to me is about fame as well and the responsibilities I felt and the pressure and my relationship with my voice and how I was a bit rebellious last year. It’s about self-destruction, that song.”
The song cuts deep harder than anything we’ve heard from the album thus far, it’s a straight-up emotional punch. Simply gorgeous.