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[3.5]--Soooo...This is why you took so long P
on 25 November 2007
`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 album to all his fans and for those who are curious should grab hold of it and give it a try.