Love Goes

Sam Smith - Love Goes
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #764 / 809
User Score
Based on 324 ratings
2020 Ratings: #914
Liked by 8 people
Sign In to rate and review

CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

Smith's new album is rooted in a sort of open-vein vulnerability; the bruised, tender manifesto of a Kid Who Cares Too Much.

80
The Arts Desk

Love Goes is inspired and it’s genuine. It’s a confident declaration of how the passion and obsession of love for another can parallel the importance self-love.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Whilst Love Goes could have been an album containing only Smith’s newer dance sound, the album does offer something for all Sam Smith fans, to mixed results.

67
Consequence of Sound

Smith delivers more of these familiar, emotional-pop crescendos designed to soundtrack sentimental feelings on and off the dancefloor.

61
Pitchfork

The pop crooner’s third album is at times freer, queerer, and more enlivening than anything Sam Smith has done before, and yet too cautious to make what could’ve been a career-defining leap.

60
The Independent

For the most part, the mood here is pensive, the ballads plentiful and the pace glacial, with little evidence of the wild abandon that the singer supposedly longs for.

60
NME

Although there are dalliances here with buoyant, radio-friendly material, album three sees the star largely stick to their tried-and-tested break-up songs.

60
Clash

In ‘Love Goes’ Sam Smith has produced a flawed but decent return that mirrors the introspection of this strange, difficult year.

60
Rolling Stone

It makes for a record full of healing sounds to pull you past sorrow.

60
The Observer

The pop titan returns with a post-breakup album that takes risks without quite putting itself out there.

60
AllMusic

The faintly cosmopolitan dance-pop grooves and finely measured ballads offer few unexpected turns. They're set apart more by a lack of gospel and soul, consequently rendering Love Goes plain by Smith's standard -- unfortunate for an artist whose instrument is anything but that.

50
musicOMH

Love Goes wallows too much in its comfort zone to be truly memorable.

40
The Guardian

Smith attempts to mix despair with euphoria on an album that delivers plenty of gloom but not much glitter.

MattsReviews
48
This album is more average than Sam Smith's name.
Maqtheus
45
Após 2 álbuns, Sam Smith parece finalmente ter deixado para trás aquela fórmula responsável por trilhar os caminhos no início de sua carreira, e dessa forma 'Love Goes' acaba que marcando um novo começo do qual tinha tudo para dar certo, mas infelizmente não chega perto do que realmente poderia ser feito pelo talento e disposição de um dos artistas de maior destaque nos últimos anos.
Scre4meh
55
I knew i'll be bored during this one the moment he started it with the youtuber apology 'sigh'. Tbh,it has a lot in common with that,from the unnecessary length to the fact that it literally didn't do anything for me (had no reaction to any song),nor did it do shit for Sam. He is quite literally the human incarnation of average shit.

Sam Smith's third studio album "Love Goes",or how i like to call it,"Love Toes",is a really boring dance pop effort,with a really messy pace ... read more
nug
35
Sam Smith is an artist that is great in small doses, but overwhelming in large ones.

This isn't because their music is powerful to the point of collapse, but rather it's due to their formula getting grating after about 20 minutes of listening. Additionally, Smith's voice is just unique enough to differentiate itself from the rest of the pop landscape, but not unique enough to encourage a listener to seek their music over more uncommon-sounding or traditional artists. That leaves them in a ... read more
Case
65
Sam Smith can do better, I know they can.

I’m a huge fan of In The Lonely Hour, as it came out while I was on middle school and it brings back a lot of memories. But where that album has emotion, The Trill Of It All just felt empty. The songwriting didn’t have the same magic as I felt the first one did. So going into this, I was hoping this would be a return to form, but the singles from earlier this year and last year scared me. Thankfully, they’re only on here as ... read more
Purchasing Love Goes from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.
Advertisement

Year End Lists

#18/Idolator
#39/Billboard

Track List

  1. Young
  2. Diamonds
  3. Another One
  4. My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy)
  5. So Serious
  6. Dance ('Til You Love Someone Else)
  7. For The Lover That I Lost
  8. Breaking Hearts
  9. Forgive Myself
  10. Love Goes (feat. Labrinth)
  11. Kids Again
Sign in to comment
5mo
6mo
6mo
6mo
6mo
Advertisement


Added on: September 17, 2020