Review: The Thrill of It All by Sam Smith

Review: The Thrill of It All by Sam Smith

The man who has broken our hearts with his emotional lyrics and powerful voice has come back with his second album.

Three years ago, Sam Smith graced us with his voice in his first album In the Lonely Hour. His voice captivated everyone around the world with his emotional lyrics and powerful voice. Songs like "Stay With Me" and "Latch" left audiences crying and a sense of not being alone in the feelings portrayed in his lyrics.

Just last week, Sam dropped his second full album, The Thrill of it All, and it was worth the wait. This album, compiled of 14 heartbreakingly beautiful songs will have you ugly crying by the first song. Each song is filled with impactful and relatable lyrics, leaving listeners crying even harder than they were with his last album.

1. "Too Good at Goodbyes"

The opening song to the new album is all too relatable. The song reads like a letter to a former love, starting with the line "You must think that I'm stupid/You must think that I'm a fool." The song continues to tell the story of how the narrator can no longer get too close with potential loves because "I'm just protecting my innocence/I'm just protecting my soul."

As someone who has been on too many first dates to count, and only two second dates, this song is all too relatable. The song's title is exactly how I feel when I get ghosted or stood up for the umpteenth time, I'm way too good at goodbyes.

Standout Lyric: "Baby, we don't stand a chance, it's sad but it's true."

2. "Say It First"

If you have ever experienced unrequited love, this song is for you. After a while, you give up on love altogether, and put up walls, not allowing yourself to fall for someone else unless you know that they have feeling for you.

Standout Lyric: "I know you're right for me/But I'm waiting for everything in your world/To align with my world."

3. "One Last Song"

One of the very few upbeat melodies in this album, One Last Song is Sam’s final goodbye to one of his exes. He captures our hearts as he explains the heartbreak he went through.

Standout Lyric: "You made me sad till I loved the shade of blue."

4. "Midnight Train"

Midnight Train is the story right after a break up. The adjectives that Sam calls himself through the breakup read “Selfish” and “Monster.” Through the song, Sam explains that he loved him too much to stay, eventually sharing that he simply did not feel the same way as his partner.

This song is almost the opposite of "Say It First", showing how it feels to be on the other side of unrequited love. He shows how you can love someone, and try your hardest to force a relationship, but at the end of the day, if you aren’t feeling the same way, it’s best to walk away.

Standout Lyric: "But I give a little piece of me away/Every single day/So I pick up the pieces."

5. "Burning".

In an interview, Sam said that "Burning" was his favorite song he has ever written, and that he feels emotionally naked because of this song. And honestly, the lyrics and emotions conveyed in the song feel like he held nothing back. In the song, Sam shows how post breakups lead to bad habits, pain, self-hate, and emotional dread.

Standout Lyric: "Funny how time goes by/Had respect for myself, that river ran dry."

6. "HIM"

In the opening line, “Holy Father, we need to talk/I have a secret that I can’t keep,” Sam paints the picture that every LGBTQ+ kid goes through at some point. Religious leaders and members, for the longest time, have told gay people that they are not loved, mistakes, and abominations. Although there has been a shift in recent years, where being LGBTQ+ has become more acceptable, there is still a struggle all over the world for equality and acceptance. This song is Sam’s response to how it feels to accept yourself for the first time.

Standout Lyric: "Don't you try and tell me that God doesn't care for us."

7. "Baby, You Make Me Crazy"

The only other upbeat melody in this album is exactly how it feels when someone ghosts you or breaks up with you. The first thing that comes to mind is to ignore the situation. You go out with your sisters and have a night out on the town, anything to keep your mind off them.

Standout Lyric: "What are you to do when the person that you love just says no?"

8. "No Peace" (Feat. YEBBA)

No Peace is the only song in this album that has a featured artist, and trust me, you’ll be begging for more collaborations between the two of them. YEBBA’s mesmerizing voice compliments Sam’s voice in a way will make your knees weak and tears fill your eyes.

Standout Lyric: "Will you show me the piece of my heart that I've been missing?"

9. "Palace"

Real talk, break ups are hard. Ending a long term relationship is devastating. You have all this knowledge and memories of a person, and all of a sudden, all of it seems useless. For so long all of those little tidbits and memories brought smiles and joy to you, now it reminds you of what you have lost.

In Palace, Sam shares how all of this information and memories are like palaces in your mind. You now have no use for these palaces so they’ve become ruins and a waste of time and space. In the end, however, there is a revelation that even though a broken and ended relationship may seem like a waste of time, it never is.

Standout Lyric: "Sometimes I wish we never build this palace/But real love is never a waste of time."

10. "Pray"

In my favorite song of the album, Sam is, presumably, singing to a God or higher entity of sorts. The song shares the struggle of someone who is contemplating the reality of religion in a hard time. When he exclaims he's a more of a sinner over being a saint is often how most people, especially LGBTQ+ people who feel they are automatically pegged as sinners, it is easy to relate to this song. Throughout the song, the sinner demands to have a conversation with God, requesting for a call. Anyone who has contemplated religion has had this very thought, 'God, if you're out there, please say something.'

Standout Lyric: "I don't want to lose but I fear for the winners."

11. "Nothing Left for You"

If you ever need a montage that shows how you evolved from a breakup, but then when the next love interest came, you had nothing to give, this is the song in the background. This song tells that very story. You put everything into who you believed was the love of your life, and after all is said and done, you have nothing left for the next relationship. You went all in, put all you eggs in one basket, and you come out with nothing.

Standout Lyric: "You won't hear me say those words again/This is something that you cannot mend."

12. "The Thrill of It All"

In the title song of the album, Sam tells the story of how you can fall so easily for someone, and lose yourself in someone so easily. He shares how it feels when that one person calls you again and you remember everything you had, and everything it could have been, but never was.

Standout Lyric: "Even though we weren't love, it was far from lust."

13. "Scars"

This song literally made me break down crying in my schools dining hall. The song is dedicated to his parents who went through a painful divorce. Through the song, Sam shares what each of his parents went through, and shares how proud he is of his parents for where they are, and how they have put him and his siblings before themselves.

Standout Lyric: "But when Mother told you that she didn't love you/All these bridges hit the sea/So you build another one and helped us cross it/Even though you were in need."

14. "One Day at a Time"

In the final song of the album, Sam tells the story of where he is now. Lets forget our past and start working towards our future. Although it will be hard, you can do it if you take it one day at a time.

Standout Lyric: "We're neither saints or sinners/So leave your history behind."

Cover Image Credit: Entertainment Tonight

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" ""

31. "Sleep? I don't know about's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

Cover Image Credit: Vine

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20 Not-So-Typical Things To Pack For Freshman Year

You won't find these on your average college packing list.


With only two weeks left to summer vacation, freshman all over will be doing last minute dorm shopping, doctors appointments, and of course, packing. While everyone may know of the basic college dorm essentials, like hangers and bedding, there are many not-so-typical essentials that every college student will need at one point or another during their freshman year. Here is a list of some things to think about packing before zipping up the final suitcase for move-in!

1. Frat shoes

For most freshmen, this is a pair of white converse that will definitely be dirty and destroyed by the end of the year. Word of advice: don't wear any shoes you actually care about to a frat... it never ends well.

2. Fans

Multiple fans are a must if you're living in a dorm with no AC. Invest now before it's too late and you're left waking up in a puddle of your own sweat. Gross, yes, but it will happen.

3. Air freshener

Nothing is worse than a smelly room, so stock up on little air fresheners to put in your room or cans of Febreze. Both get the job done and leave you with a fresh-smelling room, even during the hot summer days.

4. Phone Chargers

It's always helpful to have multiple phone chargers at school; one for your bedroom, one to keep in your backpack, and one extra in case one breaks or someone needs to borrow one. You can get them super cheap on Amazon, and I recommend one with a long cord so it can reach up to your lofted bed.

5. Emergen-C

It's inevitable that you will get sick at some point during your freshman year, but you can try to prevent this by stocking up on Emergen-C or any other vitamin C supplement. Take it if your roommate comes down with a cold or if you're going through sorority recruitment!

6. Dayquil/Nyquil

Again, it's inevitable so might as well make it as bearable as possible. Dayquil was such a game changer when I got sick freshman year and made it easier to go to class and be productive during the day while under the weather.

7. Rain Boots

Rain or snow, don't go! Just kidding, but rain boots definitely make walking to class in the rain a little easier, since staying in wet shoes all day isn't exactly pleasant.

8. Reusable water bottle

Save money and help the environment by using reusable water bottles. You can find cute Swell bottles, Hydro Flasks, or a college Camelback to always keep in your backpack.

9. Headphones

I never go anywhere without headphones and always have a pair in my backpack. These are a must when trying to focus at the library, working out at the gym, walking to class, or for watching Netflix late at night when your roommate is already asleep.

10. Booties

For those nights when you want to look a little dressier than normal, ditch the converse and wear plain black booties. They go with practically everything and amp up your look a bit.

11. Nike Shorts and Leggings

Let's be real. You aren't wearing jeans to class and you can never have too many pairs of leggings. Save some closet space by keeping most of your nice clothes home because realistically, you're wearing shorts and an over-sized t-shirt to class every day.

12. Dresses

Bring a nicer dress or two to have in case you get asked to a date function. Nothing is worse than having nothing to wear the day of the event so pack one or two along with a nice pair of heels or wedges.

13. Hawaiian shirt

There will come a time when you find yourself needing a Hawaiian shirt, camo, and '70s attire for themed parties. If you have any clothes that can fit into a theme or a decade, you might as well bring them because there will probably be a party for it.

14. Ears

Yes, that's right... ears. Mouse, cat, devil, you name it. Ears are essential for a last minute Halloween costume, so pack any that you have as well as old costumes to avoid spending money for each night of Halloweekend.

15. Good pair of sunglasses

Ray-Bans or Quay are my personal favorites, but definitely bring at least one good pair of sunglasses for walking to and from class or whenever outside.

16. Mini Steamer

Odds are you aren't folding your clothes right out of the drier or you're just stuffing them in a drawer. This means you are bound to get wrinkles in your clothes, so a steamer is the solution. The mini ones don't take up much space and are way easier to use than an iron.

17. Planner

At least try to stay on top of everything throughout the semester by using a planner to write things down. If you don't want to carry one around, you can write things down in your calendar or on stickies on your laptop.

18. Band-Aids

Never hurts to have some Band-Aids lying around, as well as some sort of makeshift First-Aid kit. Someone will always be asking for a bandage or Neosporin in your hall group chat, but you don't need to be that person.

19. Disinfecting Wipes

Dorm rooms can get messy quickly, but don't let them get dirty. Wipe down your room to get rid of dust and germs, especially when you or your roommate are sick. These also come in handy when cleaning shoes after a party or a tailgate.

20. Photos

Decorate your room with photos of family and friends from home. This helps especially if/when you're homesick and reminds you to stay in touch with them! I hung photos of some of my favorite memories from before college on the wall next to my bed, which always made me smile and remember good times from home!

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