Smith’s “Love Goes” details a breakup

Magazine editor Elizabeth Perston shares her opinion on Sam Smith's latest album.

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Magazine editor Elizabeth Perston shares her opinion on Sam Smith’s latest album.

Elizabeth Perston, Magazine editor

In their latest album, Love Goes, pop sensation Sam Smith approaches the bittersweet aftermath of a breakup.

Love Goes features Smith’s powerful vocals in an array of beautifully somber tracks, all of which address the many layers of heartbreak.

The album’s second track, “Diamonds,” takes Smith’s somber lyrical content and puts a familiar pop spin on it, featuring prominent bass and a synthetic sound in the beginning. Both ends of the pop spectrum are represented on Love Goes, as Smith approaches the classic pop ballad sound with “Forgive Myself.” 

This wide array of styles doesn’t detract from the uniformity of the album, but rather represents the depth of emotion Smith sings about in their music.

Still, Love Goes does very little to step away from Smith’s usual vocal range and sound. The lyrics may tell a new story, but Smith’s sound offers nothing new to fans.

However, the presence of features by artists like Demi Lovato, Normani, and Burna Boy offer some excitement in an otherwise traditional album.