The singer will release The Fire on October 29 as his second solo collection and has confessed that he has a lot more to say on this record than he did his last.
"I think the first album - because of the situation I was in before the show - afterwards I was drawing on stuff and inspiration of stuff that happened before that," Cardle told his former X Factor mentor Dannii Minogue.
"I wasn't going to write about The X Factor or things like that.
"But ever since the first album came out, I've actually been in situations that I've drawn inspiration from, and so this [album] is all about now."
He continued: "I finally got my hand on the wheel, in regards to co-producing and writing it.
"The last album - yes, I wrote it - but it was getting produced elsewhere. You write the songs and you've got a certain vibe and it can change drastically."
Cardle's new album The Fire will be supported by lead single 'It's Only Love', which is out on October 28.
Listen to Matt Cardle's 'It's Only Love' below: