As expected, Sam Smith released his first new single in years on September 7, and it’s another heart-breaker. In “Too Good at Goodbyes” he sings, “Every time you hurt me the less that I cry / And every time you leave me the quicker these tears dry / And every time you walk out the less I love you / Baby we don’t stand a chance, it’s sad but it’s true.” What do you think of the song? Listen to it above, and then vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
“Too Good at Goodbyes” is Smith’s first song in two years, and he has a lot to live up to. His 2014 debut album “In the Lonely Hour” went double platinum in the US and won him four Grammys at the 2015 ceremony: Best Pop Album, Best New Artist, and Record and Song of the Year for his breakthrough single “Stay with Me.” If that wasn’t enough, he then penned the theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” for the 2015 James Bond film “Spectre,” which won him a surprise Oscar for Best Original Song. Now “Too Good at Goodbyes” arrives just in time to compete at the 2018 Grammys; the eligibility cutoff is September 30.
This new song is a kind of inversion of “Stay with Me.” That earlier song was about desperately clinging to the companionship of a one-night stand, but “Goodbyes” presents Smith as jaded and unwilling to get close to anyone after a string of heartbreaks. But if he indeed is too good at goodbyes, the listening audience at least can be grateful that he’s also good at singing about them.
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