Sam Smith announced the birth of his "second musical child" — that is, his long-awaited second album — Friday morning (October 6), hours after releasing a powerful new song "Pray." The Thrill Of It All, featuring lead single "Too Good At Goodbyes," comes out November 3. He'll also be touring throughout North America.
"Holding the The Thrill Of It All vinyl in my hand is the moment this all becomes real and scary," Smith wrote on Instagram. His tunes are somewhat known for being tearjerkers, and "Pray" isn't exactly something you'd want to party to, but it's certainly much more hopeful than "Too Good At Goodbyes." He collaborated with James Napier and Timbaland for the new song, accounting for its upbeat sound.
Backed by a gospel choir, Smith kicks off the track by singing that the "world is on fire," but by the end, he's "[praying] for a glimmer of hope."
"I hope you love 'Pray' as much as I do, I hope it becomes your friend in those deep dark nights of confusion and loneliness," Smith continued. "Love you all so fucking much xoxo."