State of Mind

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
He's a phenomenal guitar player, a soulful singer, an innocently engaging songwriter. Raul Midón, who is also blind from birth and a twin, is clearly a record company dream, and his debut brings out the big guns, including producer Arif Mardin and Stevie Wonder (who lends harmonica and, one can assume, moral support). But Midón need not rely on name-dropping or on his Cinderella story to attract attention. State of Mind makes the case from the first bars of the title track, which features his dazzling acoustic guitar technique. Synthesizing the stylings of artists such as Leo Kottke and Earl Klugh, Midón's precise picking and percussive attack is rich with harmonics ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
He's a phenomenal guitar player, a soulful singer, an innocently engaging songwriter. Raul Midón, who is also blind from birth and a twin, is clearly a record company dream, and his debut brings out the big guns, including producer Arif Mardin and Stevie Wonder (who lends harmonica and, one can assume, moral support). But Midón need not rely on name-dropping or on his Cinderella story to attract attention. State of Mind makes the case from the first bars of the title track, which features his dazzling acoustic guitar technique. Synthesizing the stylings of artists such as Leo Kottke and Earl Klugh, Midón's precise picking and percussive attack is rich with harmonics and syncopation. It's easy to forget that he's only minimally accompanied (and never sequenced) on the album. When not deftly imitating a trumpet, Midón's voice invokes soul touchstones such as Wonder and Hathaway, as well as modern-day disciples such as Bryan McKnight. Confident on a ballad such as "Suddenly," deftly rhythmic on the flamenco-flavored "Never Get Enough," he's a perfect foil for his own hyperactive guitar. If there's any flaw to this sparkling introduction, it's that, in the lyrics department, Midón takes his obtusely spiritual cues from Wonder. But the genuine talent on display makes such criticism curmudgeonly at best. It's far better to focus on the fascinating journey that's just beginning for this remarkable artist.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Hailed as one of the breakout releases of 2005, blind guitarist Raul Midón's major-label debut generally justifies the hype. He is a stunning acoustic guitarist with a percussive, at times Latin style, and a silky, inviting singer straight out of the Stevie Wonder/Donny Hathaway school. Wonder plays on one track and Hathaway is the subject of another. Midón's major-label debut was co-helmed by Arif Mardin, the legendary producer behind Norah Jones' successful first release. While musically there isn't much common ground between the two artists, Mardin's subtle, airy approach works perfectly here. He lets Midón's expressive voice and nimble acoustic guitar set the tone, adding hints of percussion, flute, vibraphone, acoustic bass, wispy keyboards, and occasional backing vocals to flesh out the songs. It's a successful formula, beefing up the music without making it overly slick. Despite the vocal similarity to Wonder, Midón establishes his own sound, singing uplifting songs of love and life with Latin and jazz flourishes that marinate in the stripped-down, acoustic arrangements. It's pleasant enough, but even with a few left turns such as the fiery conga- and flute-driven spoken word "I Would Do Anything," the style and songs tend to get a little repetitious as the album creeps past its midpoint. Unlike Wonder, Midón's lovely, smooth quiet storm voice doesn't shift often enough to a harsher side, something that would help this album shift gears out of cruise control and Sunday morning brunch mode. Regardless, this remains a beautifully focused and mature work. Midón has already found his voice and the intermingled jazz/Latin/folk/soul qualities indicate a musician who can move in any one of a number of directions after this impressive start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • UPC: 724357133029
  • Catalog Number: 71330
  • Sales rank: 142,094

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 State of Mind (3:25)
  2. 2 If You're Gonna Leave (3:51)
  3. 3 Keep on Hoping - Jason Mraz (4:32)
  4. 4 Mystery Girl (4:22)
  5. 5 Waited All My Life (4:36)
  6. 6 Everybody (4:01)
  7. 7 Expressions of Love (2:49)
  8. 8 Sittin' in the Middle (3:32)
  9. 9 Suddenly (3:32)
  10. 10 Never Get Enough (3:45)
  11. 11 Sunshine (I Can Fly) (4:33)
  12. 12 I Would Do Anything (3:34)
  13. 13 All in Your Mind (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raul Midón Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Conga, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist, Mouth Trumpet, Guitar (Nylon String), Palmas
Dave Valentin Flute
Lisa Fischer Background Vocals, Soloist
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Jerry Barnes Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Joe Mardin Piano, Drums, Palmas
Jonathan Maron Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Shedrick Mitchell Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Daniel Sadownick Percussion, Bird Calls
Stevie Wonder Harmonica, Soloist
Stefon Harris Vibes
Eric Revis Acoustic Bass
Grégoire Maret Harmonica, Soloist
Jason Mraz Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Human Whistle, Soloist
Dave Valentine Flute
Technical Credits
Andrew Logan Arranger
Arif Mardin Producer, Audio Production
Joe Mardin Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
"Little" Louie Vega Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Femi Jiya Engineer
Raul Midón Arranger, Composer
Stefon Harris Arranger
Dan Feiszli Engineer
Jason Mraz Composer, Whistle
John Fournier Composer
Albert Menedez Composer
Yohei Goto Digital Editing
Gordon H. Jee Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I saw him last weekend!

    I had never heard of him before, but I think his is something HUGE!!!! He opened for the Neville brothers at the National Black Arts Fest in Atlanta. I loved his music, and the way he can play guitar and make noises from his mouth that sound like a trumpet! Amazing. I was movin and groovin in my seat, and I said I HAVE to get his CD. He reminded me of Stevie Wonder of course, who I absolutely love. So it makes sense that I love this guy too. It was just him on the stage with his guitar, and yet he could play and sing so well (that range!) that it sounded like there were other intsruments involved like the bass...but there wasn't. That's how good he is! His music makes me happy... It's very carefree, truthful and exhilirating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow! Wow! Wow!

    Phenomenal! After you listen, you will never forget this wonderfully talented man.

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