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It’s been a minute since we heard new music from British singer Sam Smith and frankly, we’ve missed him. Smith began hinting at his return earlier this year in June by posting recording studio pics and on finally confirmed his return earlier this month.
In an Instagram post, Smith thanked his fans for their patience with his sophomore disc, a follow up to 2014’s Grammy winning In The Lonely Hour.
As promised, Smith dropped his comeback single “Too Good At Goodbyes” this morning and not surprisingly, the song has already become the top trending track of the week. The new song marks Smith’s first since 2015, when he won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre.
Teaming up with writing partner Jimmy Naples and hitting the studio with producer Stargate, Smith delves into heartbreak onhis latest ballad, with the heart wrenching track showing off the singer’s incredible vocals. Smith is backed by a choir for much of the chorus, adding to the intensity of the visceral lyrics “No way that you’ll see me cry / I’m way too good at goodbyes.”
Speaking with the Beats 1 radio Zane Lowe today, Smith confirmed that the lead single is an autobiographical track and one that he was terrified to release. “I’ll tell you it’s the closest out of the album to the record because this song is about me and about a relationship that I was in,” says Smith. “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. Different in my opinions on different things. I wanted to welcome people back in and I want it to be about my voice and about the storytelling of something that I’ve gone through.”
For the new album, Smith ventured out of his comfort zone both lyrically and in the studio. In addition to Naples and Stargate, Smith recorded with Timbaland, saying “To me it was a dream to work with him and I’m so proud because when you listen to it, it’s a real collaboration. It’s the two sounds smashed together, which I’m really really proud of. I think it could have gone either way, do you know what I mean? I wanted it to be a proper collaboration and it was, and I think it’s also the lyric I’m most proud of on the album.”
While Smith has yet to announce a title for his new record, he did confirm to Lowe that the album will be out before Christmas.
Not surprisingly, we aren’t the only people freaking out that Sam Smith is back with new music. During her visit to the Radio 1 Live Lounge this week, Pink took on Smith’s huge 2014 breakout single “Stay With Me” and slayed.
Considering both artists are putting out new music this year, now seems like an ideal time for the Pink/Sam Smith collaboration we didn’t know we wanted but now must have.