Last night, English crooner Sam Smith dropped his first new song since 2015’s Grammy Award-winning James Bond theme “Writing’s on the Wall”. This is the first single off Sam Smith’s upcoming album, and even though the artist was nearly sick with jitters upon its release, it turns out he had little to worry about. “Too Good at Goodbyes“, a poignant and highly personal track, marks a strong comeback for Sam Smith. The song debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show and is now available on Apple Music and Spotify. Listen to “Too Good at Goodbyes” below:
The song, piano driven and melancholic, allows for Sam Smith’s incredible voice to shine through. His prized instrument is hardly ever overshadowed and is, at most, accompanied by sparse piano playing and finger snapping. Though a huge, momentous moment never occurs during “Too Good at Goodbyes”—which keeps it out of the pop music realm—the track elevates towards the end with a light beat and gospel choir.
“Too Good at Goodbyes” is both vulnerable and transcendent, a song about living through heartache and “getting good at getting dumped”. According to Sam Smith, this is one of four highly personal tracks on his forthcoming album. “This album actually is not all about me. There’s about four songs that are about me, and the rest are about different things and different people in my life and what they’ve gone through.”
Though Sam Smith didn’t reveal the album title, he did give a few details about his forthcoming project. “It was so important when I was writing this record for me to just challenge myself and be scared again”. It will be available in two versions: one with 10 tracks, the other with 14 and it will be released before Christmas. Smith also revealed that he collaborated on one track with Timbaland, and the album includes a duet.
The singer also announced four intimate shows to kick off his album cycle in Los Angeles (September 11th), New York (September 13th), London (September 15th) and Berlin (September 18th). Smith will announce specific venues at a later date. We think, as we near the release of Sam Smith’s new album, that he will announce tour dates for both North America and Europe.
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