Like his nearest counterpart, Adele, Sam Smith has every intention of forever wooing us with beautiful woe.

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He says goodbye, but we say hello. Sam Smith is back with “Too Good at Goodbyes,” the first single off his forthcoming sophomore album, and he had us at sayonara. There’s a sort of humblebrag embedded in the title that Smith more than prepared to make good on with this, his first outing since that two-year-old James Bond theme. He really is almost too adroit at pulling off a ridiculously delicate ballad in a world of bangers.The brag part comes in as Smith paints himself as the world’s greatest relationship saboteur. He’s hard-ass and softie all at once — somebody who’s going to preemptively cause his partner some hurt, right at the point he remembers he’s likely to get his heart broken. “I’m never gonna get too close to you, even though I mean the most to you,” he sings, “in case you go and leave me in the dirt.” In other words: You can’t fire him, because he quit.Once again, Smith is plumbing the depths of melancholia with a flawless, effortlessly flexible tenor that seems to be on loan to the underworld from somewhere in the heavens. There’s not a lot in the

 

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