New Music: Sam Smith makes his return with gospel-tinged "Too Good at Goodbyes"
And piano keys, finger snaps, and strings help build the heartbreak ballad.
We’ve already chronicled both what Sam Smith has been up to since the release of his 2014 debut album In The Lonely Hour as well as his recent teases of new music, and today he’s officially made his return with “Too Good At Goodbyes.”
Co-written by Stargate and Smith’s longtime collaborator Jimmy Napes, the singer is first backed solely by piano before finger snaps and strings help build the beat. He goes falsetto on the pre-hook and enlists a gospel choir on the chorus:
“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.”
Like much of the inspiration for his debut, Smith said in a statement that this too was inspired by heartbreak, writing:
“This song is about a relationship I was in and it’s basically about getting good at getting dumped. 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.”
Following the release of the song, Smith also announced that he would be embarking on a small and intimate four-show tour next week in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Berlin.
Listen to “Too Good at Goodbyes” below via YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, or TIDAL.