Sam Smith can’t please everyone but it won’t stop him from trying. His latest slice “Too Good at Goodbyes” from his sophomore album hedges its bets by checking as many boxes as he can from his delicate bluesy croon spun to a boundlessly synthesis of piano and finger-snapping good melancholic gospel-house balladry to the sobby lamentation of a lost love from a volatile relationship.
Smith who rose to fame two years ago with an Oscar-winning song “Writing’s on the Wall” from James Bond considers “Too Good at Goodbyes” as confessional and nostalgic just like his other collaborations with Jimmy Napes who co-wrote the hitmaker “Stay With Me”. Smith has promised a good deal of his return with emotional heaviosity putting his breakout album, “In the Lonely Hour” in pale comparison.
While “Goodbyes” is not a bulletproof single with lyrics that can be audacious such as “I’m never gonna get too close to you, even though I mean the most to you”, it’s the English singer’s latest poignant work eschewing commercial appeal for his commendable bid to explore his emotional range more deeply than before.