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The drought is broken: Sam Smith is back with his first new music in two years. The British soulman returns with “Too Good At Goodbyes,” his first release since 2015’s “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre, which became the first James Bond theme to hit No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
Written with longstanding collaborator Jimmy Napes and Stargate, “Too Good At Goodbyes” builds into a gospel chorus and showcases Smith’s exceptional range. 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.”
On it, Smith sings “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,” hitting high notes which suggest he’s put behind him the vocal cord injury which plagued him in 2015.
Smith is coming off a spectacular start to his recording career. His debut album In The Lonely Hour was a smash, hitting No. 1 in the U.K. and shifting more than 12 million units worldwide. He’s gone on to collect an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, three Brit Awards, three Billboard Music Awards and four Grammys.
In support of his new release, Smith will play four dates later this month at venues yet to be confirmed. He’ll start Sept. 11 in Los Angeles, then head east with stops in New York (Sept. 13), London (Sept. 15) and, finally, Berlin (Sept. 18).
Listen to “Too Good At Goodbyes” below.
This story first appeared on billboard.com.
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