Top 10 Songs of the Month: Young Thug, The Killers, and Sam Smith

on September 30, 2017, 12:00am
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10. Sam Smith – “Too Good at Goodbyes”

Life’s good when Sam Smith is back in our lives. Sure, we’re emotional wrecks, and shit gets real way too fast, but what good is music if it doesn’t leave you teetering on the edge of depression. “Too Good at Goodbyes”, the first song from the British balladeer in god-it’s-been-too-long, is actually empowering. Kind of. “So I’m never gonna get too close to you/ Even when I mean the most to you/ In case you go and leave me in the dirt,” he sings in that all-too-catchy cadence of his, later concluding: “Baby, we don’t stand a chance. It’s sad but it’s true/ I’m way too good at goodbyes.” Okay, so it’s a little depressing, but c’mon, love is never black or white. For most, love tends to exist in that murky gray area, where the glaring negatives always ride shotgun to the occasional positives. It’s a stupid thing we do as human beings, but it’s necessary, because we’re complicated souls, willing to run away as soon as we’re ready to embrace. What makes Smith’s latest meditation feel so vital is that he’s at that transitional point where he feels strong enough to actually say “goodbye,” and while there are lyrical hints to suggest otherwise, mostly his use of repetition (as if he’s saying this again and again as he’s hurt again and again), we’re willing to bet he’s a few blocks away from badness. Can’t wait to see what else he’s got in store for us. –Michael Roffman


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