Sam Smith’s Love Goes - What You Need To Know
Initially due out in May, but shuttled back due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sam Smith’s new album Love Goes finally arrives in stores this week. Here is everything you need to know about it...
What’s the background?
Smith’s journey to this new album has been a long one, which started back at the beginning of 2019.
Despite the fact that Smith was still touring their 2017 LP The Thrill Of It All, he released ‘Dancing With A Stranger’, a brand new single, and told reporters he was already hard at work on new material.
Over the next two years, Smith wrote and wrote and wrote, giving himself the license to experiment, both sonically and in their choice of collaborators. The result is now on hmv’s shelves.
Initially, when the album was first announced, it was due to be called To Die For. However, amid the onset of a worldwide pandemic, Smith has changed their mind, and instead, we have Love Goes...
Who’s producing it?
Smith and their management have assembled a crack team for this new LP. Super producer Max Martin, balladeer supremo Ryan Tedder, One Direction and Ed Sheeran key man Steve Mac and Two Inch Punch are all on there.
That’s alongside Jimmy Napes, Smith’s close friend and regular collaborator, he’s on six of the full-length’s 17 tracks.
Any special guests?
A series of them. First up is dancehall maestro Burna Boy, who guests on ‘My Oasis’, then we’ve got Labrinth, who features on the title track. Former Fifth Harmony singer Normani appears on earlier single ‘Dancing With A Stranger’, while ‘Promises’ and ‘I’m Ready’, Smith’s collaborations with Calvin Harris and Demi Lovato, are included on the bonus tracks.
What does it sound like?
Smith has billed this album as a record born from heartbreak, but, conversely, it is their most upbeat record to date, and certainly their grooviest.
Sonically, these songs owe more to Robyn and Beyonce than they do to the tender soul of Smith’s earlier work. That said, there are still some heartbreaking ballads on here.
Does it deliver?
This is a dynamic record that marries that best of Smith’s old world with plenty of new impetus. He promised “bangers” and those have duly been delivered.