In My Mind

In My Mind

by Pharrell Williams


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The idea of an all-Pharrell album is natural and unnatural in roughly equal measure. Half of the extremely successful Neptunes production team, as well as a collaborator who has been deployed for countless guest verses and vocal hooks, Pharrell has been a regular presence on radio stations and video programs for several years. As of late 2005, however, there was only one single -- the summer 2003 smash "Frontin'" -- the man could call his own. You'd think he would've been on his second or third solo album by the time the decent In My Mind was released in July 2006, but Pharrell has always considered himself a producer/songwriter first, a background figure who isn't a singer -- and, for that matter, he's not much more than a competent MC. If he weren't so crafty at his primary calling, he'd be relying almost exclusively on his charm and sex appeal. Perhaps this partly explains why In My Mind took so long to materialize. In interviews, Pharrell seemed more exhausted than excited and indicated that the album was too much of a compromised process. While the album never sounds as if less than 100 percent was put into it, a large chunk of the material is second rate compared to his past highlights ("Frontin'" included), and it's no help that the tracks tapped as singles are some of the weakest moments (as was the case with the first version of the first N.E.R.D. album). Produced entirely by Pharrell, with guest appearances from several of the high-profile artists (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Slim Thug, Clipse's Pusha T) whose careers have been boosted by the Neptunes, the album is divided in half between R&B and rap, at least if you go by Pharrell's singing-to-rapping ratio. Those who have been wanting to hear more of Pharrell's softer side will be pleased with the direction the album takes during the latter half, where his usual cocky demeanor is tempered by some loverman vulnerability. Just the fact that the album contains over an hour of Pharrell will be enough to attract scores of his fans, and it's not like any part of it is flat-out poor, but it's a shame it didn't turn out better. [A clean version was also released. The album has three different covers, but the content does not vary.]

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Release Date: 07/25/2006
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602498870303
catalogNumber: 000570302

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In My Mind 0 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is the best pharrell cd ever. hes got everyone on this cd. number 1 is his best song eva.
Guest More than 1 year ago
‘In My Mind’ is not a bad album at all. I'm also a fan of The Neptunes work and N.E.R.D. songs and was anxiously awaiting for this album. I know there are a lot of people (even dedicated fans) who are sort of hating on this album and the have there reasons to due to their high expectation or later on founding out that Pharrell's solo skills wasn’t as strong as they hope for. Pharrell does make an attempt to make every song sound different, which I appreciate, it's as if he takes on a different persona for each track. Once you hear it at first you’ll be like WTF but then once you give it a second or third try you start to get a feel for this album. I notice that a great deal of musical artist has gotten into the 80’s vibe from the past few years. It’s sort of like they all decided to text message each other one day and agreed to bring it back old school. For whatever the reason maybe it’s all good because I’m feeling the vibe right alongside with them. After hearing this album numerously I still feel Pharrell can produce great '80s-synth driven R&B lyrics/swaggers and some awkwardly delivered hip-hop flows. Pharrell obviously doesn’t sound like any other artist and may not be the best lyricist but he continues to stand out on his own. There are a number of tracks on here that I like and there were some that had to grow on me. The best tracks (in no particular order) stood out to me are: “Young girl/ I Really Like You,”- the production in this is hot. “Take It Off (Dim the Lights)” – great song to lay back on and the lyric is cute but cheesy at the same time. “Baby" with Nelly (can’t stand him)- love the beat and the song because it reminds me of "Push it" by Salt n Peppa is really good. “Show You How to Hustle,”- is also great everything about this track comes together rather nicely I can’t get enough of it. “Angel,”- love the beat and the song. “Our Father,”- (song about Jesus) - is good. I was shock with this one because I never thought he got it in him to make a song like this, something or someone humble him enough to do it though. “Number One,” with Kayne (cocky) West- is nice but I heard it too many times. Finally, “You can do it too,” is good because it sounds like it came from N.E.R.D album (Provider). Other than that, ‘In my Mind’ is a good album. Pharrell is able to maintains his Neptunes production here and it shines but he does has to figure out how to solidify his music to be a steady individual act. I still recommend this to all his fans and for those who are curious enough to grab hold of it should give it a try.