Sam Smith Soars On Timbaland-Produced Power Ballad “Pray”

Sam Smith Announces 'The Thrill Of It All'
Sam Smith reveals the cover and tracklist of his much-anticipated sophomore LP.

While Sam Smith’s music is mainly concerned with matters of the heart, he’s not immune to the chaos going on around him. Namely our collective grief at the dumpster fire that is 2017. The crooner taps into that universal feeling of despair on “Pray,” a new buzz track from his just-announced sophomore LP. Produced by Timbaland and long-time producer Jimmy Napes, the second taste of The Thrill Of It All is a curious hybrid of gospel and R&B that takes the Brit into previously uncharted territory.

“I’m young and I’m foolish, I’ve made bad decisions,” Sam begins the track over piano and spluttering beat. “I block out the news, turn my back on religion.” The song builds from there, becoming darker and more dramatic. “You won’t find me in church (no) reading the bible (no),” he sings in a later verse. “I am still here and I’m still your disciple.” It all comes together in the choir-backed chorus. “Maybe I’ll pray. I’ve never believed, and you know, but I’m gonna pray.” At this rate, Sam’s new album is shaping up to be full of surprises. Listen below.

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