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In My Mind

Pharrell

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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. [The album has three different covers. The content does not vary.]
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Can I Have It Like That (Album Version (Edited))
Gwen Stefani
00:03:55

Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Garten, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - GWEN STEFANI, FeaturedArtist - Hart Gunther, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2005 Star Trak, LLC

2
How Does It Feel? (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:03:35

Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Garten, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

3
Raspy Shit (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:03:34

Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

4
Best Friend (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:04:41

Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

5
You Can Do It Too (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:05:21

Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Cullum, Additional Vocals, Artist, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

6
Keep It Playa (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:04:18

Stayve Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Slim Thug, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

7
That Girl (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:04:00

Calvin Broadus, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Snoop Dogg, FeaturedArtist - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

8
Angel (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:02:44

Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2005 Star Trak, LLC

9
Young Girl / I Really Like You (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:08:13

Pharrell, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

10
Take It Off (Dim The Lights) (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:04:06

Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell, MainArtist - Brian Garten, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

11
Stay With Me (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:04:06

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

12
Baby (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:04:05

Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, FeaturedArtist - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Garten, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

13
Our Father
Pharrell Williams
00:03:27

Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Number One (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:03:56

Pharrell Williams, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

15
Show You How To Hustle (Album Version (Edited))
Pharrell Williams
00:04:13

Lauren, FeaturedArtist - Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell, MainArtist - Andrew Coleman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Garten, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2006 Star Trak, LLC under exclusive license to Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2006 Star Trak, LLC

Album Description

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. [The album has three different covers. The content does not vary.]
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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