May 28th, 2014 12:43pm

Work Against Your Strings

Sam Smith “Money On My Mind”

I think it’s to Sam Smith’s credit that I heard “Money On My Mind” many times over before I actually noticed that the song is entirely about him announcing his independence as an artist. It felt more universal than that, and even if he’s going into some details that are extremely specific to a young artist signed to a recording contract, maybe it is. This song is a statement of idealism and authenticity, and that’s something a lot of young people try to make one way or another. Smith’s lyrics could very easily seem petulant or self-aggrandizing, but the breeziness of the track and the gentle quality in his voice keep it from getting douchey. It just feels really pleasant, but with just enough touch of urgency to the rhythm to give it some nervous energy.

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