In My Mind

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766449228
  • Catalog Number: 64492
  • Sales rank: 35,442

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In My Mind (4:05)
  2. 2 Am I Worth It (3:21)
  3. 3 Wait a Minute (3:31)
  4. 4 I Didn't Mean to (3:54)
  5. 5 How Many Ways - Vybz Kartel (3:17)
  6. 6 Back When It Was (4:26)
  7. 7 What's Not Being Said (4:34)
  8. 8 Losing You (3:47)
  9. 9 Rain (3:12)
  10. 10 The Letter (4:16)
  11. 11 Me Time (3:48)
  12. 12 Change (3:18)
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Album Credits

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
Herb Powers Mastering
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
Sean Cooper Sound Design
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
John Hanes Digital Editing
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
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding....Great Music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid sophomore record

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heather Headley is a artist who has a pure and clear voice

    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.

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