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Sam Smith Says Hello After Far Too Long With New Single 'Too Good At Goodbyes'

It's his first new song in nearly two years.

Sam Smith's new single may be called "Too Good at Goodbyes," but we're glad he's finally saying hello again. If you can believe it, it's been almost two years since Smith released his Oscar-winning Bond theme "Writing's on the Wall," and even longer since his debut album In the Lonely Hour came out in 2014.

The new single, which Smith debuted overnight, is the first from his upcoming sophomore effort, and it has all the emotion we've come to expect from him, thanks to previous songs like "Stay With Me" and "I'm Not the Only One."

Goodbyes clearly aren't the only thing the 25-year-old is good at — he's also a great singer, and he once again nails all the usual high notes that have become a Sam Smith staple.

"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," Chris Willman writes of the new song in his Variety review.

"I'm never gonna let you close to me / Even though you mean the most to me," Smith sings on the vulnerable track, whose chorus is backed by a gospel choir. "'Cause every time I open up, it hurts."

Smith also took to Twitter share a sneak peak at a music video for the new song, exclusively for Spotify.

Rolling Stone reports that Smith spoke about the song with Apple Music shortly before its release, and revealed that this is one of only a few songs on the new album that is about him personally. "This song is about me and about a relationship I was in," he said. "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."

Artists have really been spoiling us with new music lately, so we'll be adding Smith's track to our weekend playlist ASAP, alongside tunes from Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson.

Listen to the full single below:

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