Sam gets personal.

Heartbreak ballads. That’s Sam’s thing, and his new album, The Thrill Of It All, is teeming with them.

“I’ve poured my heart and soul into every single line. And I just really wanted to take this time as well to thank you,” Smith said in an audio letter to fans. “Thank you for giving me that year and a half to be at home and write this album.”

He added: “It means everything to me, and you mean everything to me, and I mean that. So, thank you. I hope you like it, but please be honest if you don’t. But be kind at the same time. I don’t think my heart could take it.”

In a recent interview, Smith said the album touches on “fame, the world and other people’s relationships.”

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