It’s been three long years since the British crooner made a splash with his Grammy-winning album, In the Lonely Hour, in 2014. That drought is finally over. Sam Smith kicked off his sophomore era today with a soulful ballad. Were you expecting something else? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix.
“Too Good At Goodbyes,” which was written with longstanding collaborator Jimmy Napes and Stargate, doesn’t see the 25-year-old singer stepping too far from his comfort zone. It’s wise to give his fans what they’ve been craving for. Hopefully, other tracks on his upcoming album show more growth and a different side. Here’s also hoping a couple of uptempo numbers are in the mix. His Disclosure collabos, “Latch” and “Omen,” are among my favorites from his catalog.
“This song is about a relationship I was in and it’s basically about getting good at getting dumped,” Sam said about the song. “It’s been a long while since I’ve put any music out and I feel that this first single sets the tone of what is to come.”
I love a solid ballad, so naturally I’m into this. It starts off with a simple piano arrangement then builds to a gospel chorus. As expected, his vocals are flawless. I forgot how fantastic his voice is. It should do well on radio and on the charts.
Give “Too Good At Goodbyes” a whirl below. Smith is still heartbroken, but this time around, he’s less miserable. Baby steps, right?
Sam Smith ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’