Sam Smith is only a few days away from releasing his highly anticipated sophomore album The Thrill Of It All on November 3 and the English singer isn’t hold back. Already dropping his first two singles “Too Good At Goodbyes” and “Pray,” Smith has now released a song he’s calling his ‘most personal’ ever. Prepare to feel all the feels.
Written with frequent Justin Bieber collaborator Poo Bear, “Burning” opens with an a capella verse from Smith before a soft piano enters and acts as the only instrument for the emotional and honest track. Smith is joined by a choir near the end of the song, a move that is beginning to feel like a staple for The Thrill Of It All.
Appearing on the BBC last week, Smith debuted “Burning” and said the song was inspired by a dark time in 2016. “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 was burning, in a way,” says Smith.
“I let everything go in that song,” he added. “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.”
Smith sings about the 19th of May in the new song—his birthday—although he doesn’t reveal the exact details of what transpired on the date that made it necessary to include in his new single.
Sam Smith’s second album The Thrill Of It All, his first since 2014’s In The Lonely Hour, is set to be released this week on November 3. Smith is scheduled to begin touring for the album in March 2018, and will hit five Canadian cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.