The Grammy Award winning singer has been cooking up a comeback for a while now. He's teased collaborations with Timbaland and Clean Bandit, but those will have to wait. Right now, Sam's focus is on "Too Good At Goodbyes," the lead single off his forthcoming album out later this year. Does the song pack enough of a punch to beat the dreaded sophomore slump? Absolutely. But can he overthrow Taylor Swift's gargantuan Reputation tracks or Kelly Clarkson's double features? Or Demi Lovato's new heartbreak ballad "You Don't Do It For Me Anymore?" That remains to be seen, but he's got a shot.
"Goodbyes" is an evolution from Smith's heartbreak saga on In the Lonely Hour's "Stay With Me." This time around, Smith isn't miserable, but unfortunately... still heartbroken.
"I know you're thinking I'm heartless / I know you're thinking I'm cold," he croons. "I'm just protecting my innocence / I'm just protecting my soul." It's heart wrenching, because clearly Sam's got a guard up; a feeling all us Millennials can relate to. "But every time you hurt me the less I cry / And every time you leave me the quicker these tears dry." God damn.
As the song builds, it leads to a massive chorus. A choir's background vocals adds an element of drama before the track hits its climax then trickles down into the abyss. Part of it feels aimless, like the song should be taken elsewhere, but that's not a bad thing. On "Goodbyes," Sam can run, but he can't hide forever.
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