In My Mind

In My Mind

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by Heather Headley

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Fans of mature R&B who were won over by Heather Headley's 2002 debut, This Is Who I Am, will hear much to like in her follow-up, In My Mind. Headley by and large proceeds with an "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" policy. She does sound more assured, which only works to her advantage with the mostly elegant and very musical set…  See more details below


Fans of mature R&B who were won over by Heather Headley's 2002 debut, This Is Who I Am, will hear much to like in her follow-up, In My Mind. Headley by and large proceeds with an "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" policy. She does sound more assured, which only works to her advantage with the mostly elegant and very musical set of arrangements that she fronts. Though the hooks aren't as immediate as what can be heard on Top 40 radio, the relationship insights and the manner in which they're compellingly conveyed are more than a fair trade-off. The title track, which begins the album, immediately reminds the listener that Headley's songs aren't full of empty gestures or fleeting thrills. Unlike most modern R&B singles of any stripe -- whether they strive for major chart success or comparisons to '70s icons -- the song exemplifies how relationships and emotions are messy and complicated, and how they can't always be summed up by short catch phrases, over-dramatic bellowing, and other forms of "I'm more important than the song" nonsense. That said, the album isn't without some surprises. "Back When It Was" is the classiest production Lil Jon has done yet, much more "Givin' Him Something He Can Feel" than "Get Low" -- classy enough, in fact, to lead into another one of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' elegantly layered ballads. The buoyant dancehall-tinged track "How Many Ways," produced by Lenky, features Vybz Kartel, and is just as sexy as Beyoncé's "Naughty Girl" without being nearly as suggestive. The only disappointment is that the album lacks a strutting, upfront track on the level of This Is Who I Am's Dallas Austin-produced "Like Ya Used To." Here's hoping that Headley's third album won't take more than three years to materialize. Her presence should be constant, not occasional.

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Performance Credits

Heather Headley   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Bobby Ross Avila   Bass,Keyboards
Leslie Butler   Keyboards
John Catchings   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Andrew Gouche   Bass
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Andrea Martin   Background Vocals
Tommy Sims   Bass
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Lou Pagani   Multi Instruments
James Rose   Keyboards
Craig Love   Guitar
Clarence Allen   Keyboards
Iz   Percussion,Drums
Valvin Roane   Background Vocals
Johnta Austin   Vocals
Shep Crawford   Multi Instruments
Warryn Campbell   Multi Instruments
Shannon Sanders   Keyboards
Tavia Ivey   Background Vocals
Face   Multi Instruments
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Multi Instruments
Michael Bereal   Piano
Curtis Chambers   Guitar
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
Ashley Lewis   Background Vocals
Phillip "Taj" Jackson   Background Vocals
Agape Jerry   Guitar
Teddy Cambell   Drums
Allen Irvin   Background Vocals
Sixx John   Keyboards
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver   Background Vocals
Detroit Nix   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Babyface   Audio Production
C.P. Love   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Audio Production
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Greg Pagani   Composer
Cam Wilson   Composer
Andy Zulla   Engineer
R. Holiday   Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Producer
Lou Pagani   Producer
J.J. Campbell   Composer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Billy Wittington   Engineer
Lil Jon   Audio Production
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
L. Nix   Composer
Anne Catalino   Engineer
Brett Kilroe   Art Direction
Clarence Allen   Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
A. Butler   Composer
Vada Nobles   Producer
Shep Crawford   Composer,Producer
Warryn Campbell   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Shannon Sanders   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Face   Producer
John Graves   Engineer
Vivian Ng   Art Direction
Heather Headley   Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Producer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Jim Edmunds   Engineer
Terrence Cash   Engineer
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
Mark Linger   Engineer
Frank Sutton   Engineer
Jazz Nixon   Composer
Stephen Ferrera   Executive Producer
Tamara Savage   Composer
Cardiff Giant   Producer,Remixing
Anthony "CD" Kelly   Producer
Greg Fuqua   Engineer
Heavy Weights   Producer
Sixx John   Producer
Debreca Smith   Engineer
Drew Ramsey   Composer
Sean Cooper   Sound Design

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In My Mind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first album of Headley that I own and wanted to buy for some time. "IN MY MIND" has not been disappointing. This album has a very nice set of adult contemporary style R&B with enough dance flavors to make it appeal to a younger crowd as well. Headley has truly proven herself to be a truly credible artist much like Toni Braxton in the R&B circle providing dance cuts mixed with adult contemporary /adult R&B balladry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not like Toni Braxton's Soph. album(secrets) but It's above avg. and worth the money with the garbage floting around the R&B world these days. Ms.Headley provide some really good slow songs and "rain" is a solid R&B jam in the style of GUY. Hopefully the 3rd album will be just as good
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album. This album and her first, always stays in cd player in the car, at home, at work.... I love to listen to Heather. Her sound is the BEST, especially compared to the others in the R& B industry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is wonderful, the songs flow well and the lyrics are sincere and not the typical cliche. I enjoyed this one much better than her first one. I can listen to it straight through without skipping any songs. Thats a rarity nowadays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago