Following his critically acclaimed 2014 debut album In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith has released his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All. First thoughts? FLAWLESS. And we mean the entire thing. But even the best of albums have a stand-out track and on this one, it’s ‘HIM’ – an emotionally charged coming out letter.
The song, which has already become a firm favourite among fans, is about the challenges of being a religious gay man. The lyrics show Sam, pleading with the “Holy Father” to let him love who he wants to love without judgement.
“Holy Father, we need to talk, I have a secret that I can’t keep. I’m not the boy that you thought you wanted. Please don’t get angry, have faith in me,” he sings in the opening verse.
“Don’t you try and tell me that God doesn’t care for us. It is him I love, it is him I love,” he continues in the chorus. However, the 25-year-old singer has admitted that the song isn’t about him.
Talking about the track in an interview with NME, he said: “That song is a coming-out song from a boy to his dad. It’s just a general story. It’s not my story. I wanted to make that song for my community, for the LGBT community,” and that, he did. The song’s powerful messages has resonated with many fans who have taken to Twitter to applaud him.
The Thrill Of It is Sam’s most vulnerable record to date. In fact, it’s so personal that the Oscar winner has described it as “dangerous.” So, if you haven’t got around to listening to it yet, you know what to do this weekend…