“Let Me Go” – Hailee Steinfeld

     How do I put this nicely… Hailee Steinfeld is someone who I have never had much musical respect for. It’s nothing against her personally, I tend to enjoy her interviews on the red carpet and like her personality, but her songs are just too juvenile, and plainly, not good. But, with the release of her new single “Let Me Go” with Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line & watt, my opinion on her music has been altered.

       Maybe it’s because there’s other established artists featured on this track, or maybe she just got something right, but there’s nothing too bad that I can say about “Let Me Go”! I’ve listened to it a few times, and every time, I like it more; which is VERY strange considering this is Hailee Steinfeld, and I usually change the station when she comes on.

     I’ll admit that I generally do like the beats behind Hailee’s music, it’s usally the lyrics that make me cringe. But the beats behind this track are so fun and uplifting (we can thank Alesso for that), and it makes the whole track. 

     As for the lyrics, I haven’t paid much attention to them, and I haven’t looked them up because I want to like this song, but at first listen they’re not terribly cheesy.  I also love the fact that Florida Georgia Line appears on this song, I genuinely like them and I think they bring this song to a level it couldn’t have reached without them. Their voices compliment each other nicely, and it resulted in a chorus that makes me want to dance! 

     The only critique I have for this song is that it gives off a summer vibe. This is the kind of song you would listen to at a pool party, not driving on winding roads with leaves changing colors. This track probably would of done better if it was released in June. But nonetheless, it’s still a bop.

     I have come to the conclusion that “Let Me Go” is the exception for Hailee Steinfeld. It’s the one song from her (so far) that I won’t laugh at, and as of now, I won’t be changing the station when it comes on (until it’s inevitably overplayed). I look forward to hearing more from Steinfeld, maybe she’s found her niche in electro pop!

“Too Good At Goodbyes” – Sam Smith

     After almost two years of silence, Sam Smith is back with another soulful single. Smith released “Too Good At Goodbyes”, the first track off his upcoming sophomore album, on September 8th. Smith is known for his lifting sound, big choirs, and his beautiful, but heartbreaking lyrics. I have yet to meet someone who denies his talent. 

     Sam gained an immense fan base and a large amount of support from other artists, upon the release of his first single “Lay Me Down.” He followed up “Lay Me Down” with the iconic singles “Stay With Me” (a song that will never outgrow the radio), and “I’m Not The Only One”. From that point on, Smith proved himself a musical force to be reckoned with, and made a home for his music at the top of the charts.

      Now, three years have passed since his first album In The Lonely Hour, and he has released the very first single of his highly anticipated, second album. I wasn’t sure what to expect before listening to “Too Good At Goodbyes”; was it going to be similar to his other music, or was it going to be something completely foreign? 

     Well, he fused the two together and created a Sam Smith 2.0 sound. He still has his signature choir on the chorus, big bridges, and expressive sound, but he also sings in a hushed voice which brings a more intimate sound to the song. Sam even adds finger snapping and a piano tune that builds throughout the song, which makes this track all the more unique. 

      As for the content of the song, Sam gives insight on his love life and what he’s like in a relationship. One of the reasons he took a hiatus was to focus on his love life (which clearly wasn’t successful based off the lyrics). He speaks about being closed off in his relationships, out of fear of being hurt, and how he appears to be “cold and heartless”, but that’s the only way he knows how to protect his soul. By listening to this song, it is very apparent that Sam being “Too Good At Goodbyes” is most likely his downfall when it comes to his love.

     Sam Smith is no amateur when it comes to making heartbreak sound beautiful, and this song is no exception. I have too much excitement for his upcoming album (said to be released before Christmas), and have high expectations for Mr.Smith. You can expect a full album review once it’s released, my ears can’t wait to listen!