Pharrell Williams Feels ‘In My Mind’ Is A Very ‘Shallow’ Album

Pharrell Williams is apparently very happy with his recent album G I R L. However, the singer still has a few regrets about his first solo effort.

Many fans wondered why it took the uber-producer so longer to record a proper follow-up to the 2006 record In My Mind. According to Williams, he wasn’t at all satisfied with the effort he released nearly eight years ago.

Pharrell discussed the issues he had with In My Mind during his recent interview with The Guardian. Williams revealed that the songs on that release weren’t very genuine or truthful. In his opinion, the record represented a person he didn’t want to become.

“I didn’t know who I was. I thought I knew who I was. [I was] this competitive guy in the music industry, who admired my peers and felt he needed to compete with the races that they designed. But in life you’re meant to race against yourself,” he told the publication.

Williams added, “It was in my mind, but not in my heart. It was this caricature that I’d built in my mind, that fitted in with what Snoop and Jay were doing. Some of the things I said on that record, all the bragging, it’s not necessary. It doesn’t say anything about you, apart from how shallow you are.”

Although Pharrell Williams is a little unhappy with the person he was during the In My Mind sessions, he seems pretty satisfied with the end result of G I R L. In addition to getting personal fulfillment from the album’s creation, the singer said he’s extremely happy that people are responding so positively to the tunes.

“I’m just so happy to express myself in the way that I was able to do it. And the reaction to this album, is just so humbling, sometimes I get emotional because I can’t believe that the shift is happening. And I was able to put this music out in this way… I think there’s a moment for everything, and the time was right,” he explained to The Hype.

If the continued success of his Despicable Me 2 track “Happy” is any indication, then Pharrell Williams’ G I R L should have no trouble rising to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The aforementioned tune recently returned to the number one spot on the Hot 100, which is insanely impressive considering the song was originally released last year.

Are you a fan of Pharrell Williams? Do you believe G I R L is a much stronger released than In My Mind?

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