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Sam Smith
Artist Icon Love Goes (2020)
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Love Goes is the third studio album by English singer Sam Smith. It was released on 30 October 2020 through Capitol Records. The album was originally titled To Die For and was due for release in June 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Smith also felt it was insensitive to use the word "die" due to what many people were going through.

In an interview with Zach Sang in October 2019, Smith confirmed that their third album would be released in 2020, and said it will feature "fewer ballads and plenty of poppier tracks" than their previous albums, which they called an "acoustic-y, soulful version of pop music". Smith went on to explain that the reception to their recent songs had "almost given me permission to kinda do what I've always dreamed of doing but I was always scared to do, which is pop music." Smith described the album as their "first proper heartbreak album". In an interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Smith said

"I'd say the first proper time I've been actually heartbroken. That feeling of they're gone, you can't sleep, the really, really bad feeling. The others were the idea of it and it was pure unrequited love. This, I would like to say that we loved each other. So, I definitely, definitely loved him. So yeah, it was proper."

— Smith speaking to Zane Lowe.
Smith opened a pop-up store in Soho, London named after the album in February 2020 before the release of the single "To Die For".

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Originally titled To Die For, Smith's third album was due to be released on 1 May 2020, but was then pushed back to 5 June 2020. By the end of March, Smith had confirmed that they had decided to delay the album till later in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On their social media account, they posted the following message: "I have done a lot of thinking the last few weeks and feel that the title of my album and imminent release doesn't feel right ... I have to come to the decision to continue working on the album and make some important changes and additions. I will be renaming the album and pushing back the release date—both of which are to be confirmed at this time".

On Friday 17 April, Smith explained the reasons for changing the album during an interview with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, stating that the "album had the word 'die' in the title, which I just felt really uncomfortable with, with what's happening and it's so important for me to be sensitive to my fans and to people listening to my music. This has been a really sad and awful time for us, so I've changed the album title, I'm going to change the album cover." The original cover art depicted Smith facing head-on with hands all around them. The hands on the album cover belong to Smith's "chosen family", Shea Diamond, Alok Menon, Jeff Hova, and Madison Phillips. Upon postponing the album, Smith announced that a new cover art would be produced.
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Sam Smith is no stranger to crafting a soundtrack about the highest highs and lowest lows of love. After all, the singer was the one to give us 2014’s ‘Stay With Me’, a pitch-perfect wedding song schmaltzer, and ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’, a pile-up of frustration about being perpetually dumped. With their third album ‘Love Goes’, Smith leans further into the lowest lows of love: losing it.

The journey to ‘Love Goes’ hasn’t exactly been a smooth ride. Like many artists this year, Smith had a change of plans. Originally titled ‘To Die’ For – also the name of their lovelorn single released in February – the record was set for release back in May. “I am sorry it’s taken a while,” Smith said in a September statement explaining the delay. “But these unprecedented times gave me the room and space to fall in love with these songs all over again… After it all, I still believe love is the answer. And with love in our hearts and kindness in our words and actions, we sing on.”

The time and space gave the singer-songwriter the opportunity to rework their songs and add collaborations. such as the moody ‘My Oasis’ with Burna Boy, and reintroduce the revamped version with ‘Diamonds’, a cathartic, groovy pop track about finding strength from the rejection of a failed relationship.

The pairing of the new single and album title made sense, considering Smith had, said in an interview on YouTube’s Zach Sang Show, that their latest record would feature “fewer ballads and plenty of poppier tracks.” And ‘Love Goes’ does possess a handful of pop- and radio-friendly tracks, but at its core its Smith’s knack for sap and soul – and their singular, chilling vocals – that forms the base of the record. When it comes to songwriting, Smith oscillates towards what they know.

‘Another One’ takes cues from ‘Diamonds’, though this time the narrator feels burned by an ex-lover who was disingenuous about their intentions: “Oh, congratulations / You found the one / You found the one / I think I can finally face it / I’m not the one / Never was the one”. On the title track, a piano ballad that morphs tentatively into full-on pop, Smith leans into self-pity while trying to change their partner: “I tried to change you, tried to make you into someone else / I guess the only one I’m fooling is my stupid self”. With sadbanger ‘Dance’, Smith struggles to move on, ruminating over love lost despite trying hard to forget: “I remember every taste / If I get a little wasted / I can almost see your face / Such a dark and lonely place // I’m not over it / Someone get me over it.”

Despite leaning into the melancholy of their break-up, Smith proves on ‘Young’ that they haven’t given up on love or themselves: “I want to be wild and young / And not be afraid to lose/ Cry on my own / Me and my bottle / These are the things I choose.” Smith slowly but surely is making their way toward healing, but they aren’t done lamenting what could have been just yet.


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