Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and I don’t think I have enough song reviews about Post Malone yet. I’ve already given you “Sunflower“, “Wow.“, and “Circles“, with the last of these only being released several days ago. But, Post Malone continues to have hits in the Top 10, so we’re going to be talking about his newest one!
You could probably tell by that intro that I have talked about Post Malone A LOT on this blog, which means I have given my background and personal opinions on him a lot more than an average human probably should, so I’m going to go straight into the song review of “Goodbyes” and not waste your time. If you want the usual background info I usually give on him, then I would recommend my “Circles” review, because that was released very recently (comparatively) and contains the most accurate opinions I have on him, but let’s get into the lyrics of THIS song.
“Me and Kurt feel the same, too much pleasure is pain
My girl spites me in vain, all I do is complain
She needs something to change, need to take off the e-e-edge
So f*ck it all tonight
And don’t tell me to shut up
When you know you talk too much
But you don’t got sh*t to say (Say)“
So the lyrics in this first verse feel very similar to “Circles”, as they talk about a rocky relationship. However, in “Circles”, the focus was more on the inevitable brokenness of the relationship, while this track seems to focus more on Post and the unnamed girl’s individual vices that stop the relationship from being anything special. And also like “Circles”, the verses here are pretty bland, as they don’t do much to make themselves stick out in Post’s discography. Unlike “Circles”, though, this song doesn’t have a good beat to back it up, making it kind of boring.
“I want you out of my head
I want you out of my bedroom tonight (Bedroom)
There’s no way I could save you (Save you)
‘Cause I need to be saved too
I’m no good at goodbye“
It may be just me, but this is not a very catchy chorus. Post Malone is known for his infectious, earworm hooks, but I really don’t feel that at all with this song, which is especially surprising considering this was a SINGLE for his newest album. On singles, the artist should be putting their best foot forward, and it really does not feel like that with this song at all.
“We’re both actin’ insane, but too stubborn to change
Now I’m drinkin’ again, 80 proof in my veins
And my fingertips stained, looking over the e-e-edge
Don’t f*ck with me tonight
Say you needed this heart, then you got it (Got it)
Turns out that it wasn’t what you wanted (Wanted)
And we wouldn’t let go and we lost it
Now I’m a goner”
And this is followed up with a pretty bland second verse. The only thing I can really point out is that I like how he uses the fourth line of each verse very similarly, using the placement of “f*ck” and the words around it to change the context of what is being said. Besides that, I probably could have gone without any of these lyrics.
I’m pretty disappointed with Post Malone in this song, but Young Thug is also featured on this track. I don’t like Young Thug’s music most of the time, but he had a couple good tracks on his newest album “So Much Fun”, so maybe he will pull through with a decent verse here.
“I want you out of my life
I want you back here tonight”
So in the first lines of his verse, Young Thug uses parallel structure to show the brokenness of his relationship, displaying how his mixed emotions make the relationship rocky. Not a bad start.
“I’m tryna cut you, no knife
I wanna slice you and dice you”
Um…do you mind explaining that line? Seriously, I have no idea WHAT he is trying to say here. Even Genius.com doesn’t have an annotation for it, so your guess is as good as mine.
“My argue possessive, it got you precise“
YOUNG THUG, CAN YOU PLEASE CREATE SENTENCES THAT MAKE SENSE???
“I flood the garage, blue diamond, no shark”
So now we’re just going to go off topic for no reason? I shouldn’t have expected more from Thugger.
“And I don’t want ya to never go outside”
Well jeez, now I see why your relationship isn’t working. You’re an a-hole boyfriend! At least with Post Malone, he was able to distribute the blame equally on both partners to explain why the relationship wasn’t working. For Young Thug, he’s just a possessive jerk that wants unwarranted sympathy.
“I promise if they play, my n*ggas slidin’ (Slidin’)
I’m f*ckin’ her, and the tour bus still ridin’ (Ridin’)”
And of course, he has to end the verse by saying that he’s STILL having sex with her because it wouldn’t be a bad rap verse without ending it like that on a song that’s supposed to be about heartbreak and separation. I honestly don’t know why I expected Young Thug to be better than Post on this song.
Overall, this is easily one of Post Malone’s weaker singles. Post’s lyrics don’t do that much to impress me or make me feel emotional for him, and the hook he has on here is uncharacteristically weak. Honestly, the single-worded refrain at the end of the track is better than the chorus itself, which doesn’t say much about Post’s songwriting. At least he’s not as bad as Young Thug, though, whose lyrics go from irrelevant to unlikable to nonsensical. Also, he does most of his verse in this shout-y register that makes him sound like a bleating goat, which isn’t super fun to listen to. On top of all that is a generic beat that does nothing to enhance the quality of the song. Still, aside from Young Thug’s verse, this song doesn’t do much to distinguish itself as particularly awful, so I’m going to give it a 2.5 out of 5. Do you agree?
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