Smith had a tough time after 2014's Grammy-winning In the Lonely Hour, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. "I became very distant to my family and friends," he said recently. After a year off to regroup, he's back with a gospel-steeped LP that reunites him with producer Jimmy Napes (who co-wrote his megahit "Stay With Me"), and recruits new collaborators Timbaland and R&B hitmakers Stargate. The single "Too Good at Goodbyes" is about a recent failed relationship. "This album is a selection of short stories from the last two years of my life," he says. "I've poured every ounce of my heart into every song. Fucking hope people like it."