I have to be honest with yall, I got a little nervous when I saw that Sam Smith released a song called “Money On My Mind.” It was one of those “noooo, not another one,” feelings, as though I was about to be bombarded with another song about the riches and fame. But surprisingly, the chorus of this song actually goes “I don’t have money on my mind, money on my mind. I do it for, I do it for the love.” So that’s good. The problem here is that this song is way too poppy for me. I started feeling things for Sam Smith (I don’t even think it was too soon to call it love) when I first heard “Lay Me Down.” His voice is almost too much to handle, that’s how good it is. It’s got a quivery and luminous vibe that few others can parallel (off the top of my head I’d pick Adele as the only rival). But this song seems more about the poppy production than the vocals, and that’s a direction that I don’t think Sam Smith would be well-advised to go in. When he sings “money on my mind,” it’s just a bit too reminiscent of Cee-Lo, who, don’t get me wrong, is a standout in pop music. But I beg of you, Sam Smith, don’t lose yourself in the pop scene. You’re too good for that. Keep the production minimal and play off the strengths of your vocals.