“Too Good At Goodbyes” is Sam’Smith’s long-awaited single released on 8th September 2017. It marks Sam’s first solo release in two years since “Writing’s on the Wall” back in 2015. Impatient fans who had long been waiting for his comeback were delighted by Sam’s message on his fansite.
In an interview with Billboard Magazine Sam said
The torch track is “about a relationship I was in and it’s basically about getting good at getting dumped,” says Smith. “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.”
Sam met his promise to do something different. The rhythm is gentle yet slightly reminiscent of calypso with a lilting gospel-sounding chorus. The mood is more up-beat, less heart-breaking then previous productions. It is the haunting voice, of course, that makes this song, with perfect pitch, perfect control and clever interweaving of Sam’s voice and backing vocals.
Sam Smith’s distinctive emotional delivery and ability to convey sadness and loss have made his songs ‘relatable’. Unrequited love, loneliness and inadequacy were the themes of In the Lonely Hour, his first album, feelings common to most of us. Sam has has said that he drew on his personal experience and will continue to do so in the future.
The subject and mood are new. Despite being a highly successful young man with a large fan following and no doubt many potential lovers, the reality of relationships is no less difficult for a celebrity. Too Good at Goodbyes shows this is the case. In a Radio One Breakfast Show interview with Nick Grimshaw on the day of release Sam said that he drew on personal experience in this song. Those seeking comfort from the story may be saddened by the failing relationship and undercurrent of mournfulness, but heartened by his fighting spirit. Sam has clearly moved on from loneliness and yearning to resilience and pride.
This new complex, melancholy-yet-spirited Sam Smith is welcome. As Sam himself said, he can only produce one In the Lonely Hour He’s moved on, grown as a person, and expressed this in his music.
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