Single Review: Sam Smith — 'Too Good at Goodbyes’

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

After a long hiatus from the music scene, Sam Smith is back with ‘Too Good at Goodbyes.’ Filled with a classic combination of soul, heartbreak, and effortless vocals, this track will win over the hearts and ears of listeners all over.

Listening to 'Too Good at Goodbyes' is like taking a deep breath and slowing down. Delicate, simple and emotional, the song is a definite standout from the hectic and noisy pop chart we see today. Starting off with simple piano chords and that incredible voice, the track gradually builds to a full blown chorus with strings and an epic gospel choir that just hits all the right spots.

A collaboration with Jim Naples and Stargate, 'Too Good at Goodbyes' sees Smith taking on the familiar subject of heartbreak. “This song is about a relationship I was in and it's basically about getting good at getting dumped,” he says in a statement. Smith has always written honestly about his personal experiences and this track is no excuse. Gut wrenching lyrics like “And every time you walk out, the less I love you” will definitely resonate with many listeners.

While I do love this track and will probably play it on repeat, it is worth mentioning that musically, not much has changed. Is this new territory for Smith? Not really. As the title suggests, his 2014 debut album In The Lonely Hour was chock full of bittersweet, mournful yet powerful ballads. Smith’s voice is so unique and emotive, and it would be interesting to see him tackle a gutsier song in the future.

Needless to say, 'Too Good at Goodbyes' will be a sure fire hit. As one of the biggest breakout artists in pop music with over 12 million global album sales and countless awards, it is obvious that Smith is doing something right.

'Too Good at Goodbyes' is a promising insight into what is to come for Sam Smith. If his debut album is anything to go by, I am sure that his second album will be filled with sing your heart out tunes that can help mend any broken heart.

Written by Sallie Rodriguez