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Sam Smith Deals with ‘Goodbyes,’ While Blake Shelton Deals with ‘Dogs’ in Singles This Week

Sam Smith is Back to Break Our Hearts Again With “Too Good at Goodbyes”

Emotional, heart-wrenching, and poignant, Sam Smith’s new single “Too Good at Goodbyes” has captured the hearts of hopeless romantics everywhere. The song is the lead single from his next album, which has remained unnamed. It’s the first material Smith has released since “Writing’s on the Wall,” written in 2015 for the James Bond film Spectre. “Too Good at Goodbyes” is personal and engaging because the lyrics are detailed and clear. Although the lyrics are beautifully written, the couplet “And every time you hurt me, the less that I cry / And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry,” is especially memorable because of the sheer simplicity of the rhyme scheme, and the all-too-familiar message that it helps portray. Smith’s lyrics are written so intricately that any listener can feel his pain through the song. Having said this, “Too Good at Goodbyes” sounds too similar to Smith’s other songs, especially his chart-topping hit “Stay With Me.” Both songs are slow ballads about heartbreak, with choruses marked by a chorale of background singers. As an artist, the last thing you want to be is predictable. With its slow sound punctuated by strong backups,, “Too Good at Goodbyes”  may provide a solid basis for the rest of Smith’s album, but certainly not for the rest of his career.

Blake Shelton Debuts Sweet New Single “I’ll Name the Dogs”

Blake Shelton has released yet another chart-topping and catchy country hit that nobody will admit to liking. “I’ll Name the Dogs” is reminiscent of his 2011 single, “Honey Bee” because of the frequent and often silly comparisons between himself and the female character that pierce the choruses. Shelton is making major headlines for “I’ll Name the Dogs” not only because of its great potential as a single, but also for the implications it has in his relationship with Gwen Stefani. Are we getting a glimpse at the famous duo’s future?

Unlikely Collaboration on “Let Me Go” Produces a Likely Pop Hit

Hailee Steinfeld, Florida Georgia Line, Watt, Alesso…the list of famous names featured on “Let Me Go” goes on and on. The song is catchy, but sounds very similar to other current hits on pop radio. In addition to this, Florida Georgia Line is becoming “overused,” in the sense that so many other mainstream pop artists have featured the uber-successful country duo in their music. “Let Me Go” gets stuck in your head easily, but prepare for it to be overplayed on Top 40 radio before becoming everyone’s least-favorite song.

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September 17, 2017

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