SINGLE REVIEW: Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes

too good at goodbyes

In 2014 he broke our hearts and put them back together with his debut album “In The Lonely Hour” and after a year and a half break he’s ready to put us through more emotional trauma. Sam Smith has one of those distinctive voices that no matter where you are when you hear one of his songs playing you instantly know it’s him. He naturally evokes emotion through his effortless harmonies and vulnerable songwriting and even if you aren’t going through a break up you will feel like you are. “Too Good At Goodbyes” continues the sound his debut album cemented and while it’s comforting hearing his voice and this sound again you also cant help but feel like the wait made it a bit anti-climatic. I was waiting for him to evolve musically with maybe a more soul influenced sound or something a bit more experimental but instead he went back to the same formula that he had success from last time. Predictable. And every time I listen to the song I can’t help but feel that disappoint instead of the emotion that he wants me to feel. But if I seperate these feelings for a moment then this is a very beautiful, raw and emotional lead single. He reflects on a relationship that is about to end and he no longer feels as sad as he normally would because he’s used to things ending this way. “And 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. I’m way too good at goodbyes”. it’s a very beautiful and sad song that once again shows that vulnerability that made you fall in love with his debut album. He comes from a real and raw place and his vocals drive that. He sings one note and you’re already sad, its kind of magical. The choir adds a cinematic touch to what is a very simple song and it’s really nice. Whilst it does sound like it could’ve been a b-side from “In The Lonely Hour” this song does grow on you with each listen. I just don’t feel like it’s as impactful as its predecessors.

 

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