British singer songwriter Sam Smith just released “Too Good For Goodbyes,” his first new music since the release of his Oscar winning and Golden Globe winning James Bond theme for Spectre, “Writing’s On The Wall,” in 2015. The new song was Written with his longtime collaborator Jimmy Napes, as well as Stargate – the Norwegian record producing and songwriting team composed of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen.
About the song, Smith says in a press release:
“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.”
Smith’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, was released in 2014. In 2015 he won four Grammy Awards, including winning Best Pop Vocal Album and Song of the Year for “Stay with Me.”
“Too Good For Goodbyes” is meticulously crafted; it’s soulful, gospel inflected and emotionally intensified by dramatic flourishes of a string section that plays hide and seek with the melody. Listen to it below.
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