Oh, completely. Me and Taylor were together at the AMAs, and it’s the first time I got to sit and chat with her about everything. She’s an amazing artist, and I really respect her. It’s a concept record, what she’s done, and it was the first Taylor Swift album that I bought and listened to the whole record. She’s done the right thing, and that’s what Beyoncé did with her record, and that’s what Adele does with her records. I think the key is in what I’m saying: they’re records. We want people to listen to records, to a whole body of music. I want you to buy into my life, not just one subject in my life.
—  Sam Smith on emphasizing his whole album even more than singles. (Billboard)