Sam Smith has been keeping things real quiet for the past year. But on Friday morning (Sept. 8) the singer was ready to get back in the game to talk about his new single, “Too Good at Goodbyes.” As part of Amazon Music Unlimited’s “Side By Side Experience” series, Smith gets candid about the “very sad, very truthful… [and] brave” single, which he says was inspired by a recent breakup.
Amazon’s behind-the-scenes series Smith revealed the inspirations behind his first single in almost four years, saying,? “This song is — I’ll be very open about it — it’s about a relationship I was in in 2016. I basically got dumped about three times. And on the third time that everything ended, I had got so good at walking out the door that I kind of knew what to do, and I had a tick box in front of me of all the things I would do to get over this person.”
Smith says the song came to him after he realized he was getting “really good at getting dumped. Very sad, very truthful, but I feel like its empowering. When I’m sad and confess things, I believe it is brave.” The bigger inspiration for the singer’s upcoming second album, though was a bit of a surprise: Aretha Franklin’s 1971 cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
“I genuinely believe it’s one of the best things ever written, and the vocal performance on that track is the best thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life,” says Smith, who also cites Joni Mitchell and Mumford & Sons as touchstones for the new collection. Starting today, to hear Smith talk more about “Too Good,” as well as previous hits including “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not the Only One,” “Latch” and “Writing’s On The Wall,” Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can ask any Alexa-controlled device to “play Side by Side with Sam Smith” or visit the SxS landing page.