The idea of an all-Pharrell album is natural and unnatural in roughly equal measure. Half of the extremely successful Neptunes production team, as well as a collaborator who has been deployed for countless guest verses and vocal hooks, Pharrell has been a regular presence on radio stations and video programs for several years. As of late 2005, however, there was only one single -- the summer 2003 smash "Frontin'" -- the man could call his own.
At a time when the front pages of newspapers are covered with Wags and Swags, all those lucky ladies who get to sleep with influential men, it's comforting to learn that one of the most powerful men in pop still can't get laid. Pharrell Williams who, with his Neptunes co-producer Chad Hugo, was once responsible for 43% of all records being played on US radio, is finally ready to release his own much-delayed album, and it appears that it is not just the music that's going solo. He may have made Britney a Slave 4 U and persuaded Kelis to part with her Milkshake, but Pharrell has been obliged to call his own debut In My Mind as, tragically, that's where most of his booty action seems to take place.