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Single Review: Madelyn Victoria “Good At Goodbye”

A song about learning from past mistakes and growing, Madelyn Victoria’s ‘Good at Goodbye’ is an easy-going, pleasant listening experience with a profound message. From the onset, it’s clear that there’s a lot of good things to take away from ‘Good at Goodbye’ – first, the song’s instrumentation is fantastic. The instruments blend seamlessly to create a musical backdrop that sounds like some of Taylor Swift’s earlier work. Although ‘Good at Goodbye’ is firmly country, there’s a sort of unexpected doo-wop twist to the flow of the song that sets it apart from other offerings in its genre. Then, you have Madelyn Victoria’s rich, alto vocals. Hearing a deeper female voice is quite rare, and finding one as good as hers is even rarer – a combination of Carrie Underwood or even a Demi Lovato (especially in the lower register), Victoria delivers her vocals with ease, in her distinct, relaxed style. Of course, then you have the song’s message – a tale of heartbreak turned into triumph (“Years passed so fast/Enough for me to grow/I look back at and just laugh/At what I didn’t know”). Similar to songs like Little Mix’s ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, Madelyn actually ends up thanking her ex for helping her become who she is today (“I want to thank you for hurting me so bad/’Cause thanks to you I have my kids and loving man”). A great effort from a promising artist, ‘Good at Goodbye’ is available on March 26th, 2021.

–Fred Effendi

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