CD State of Mind [Raul Midn/Raul Midn] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 937535),
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State of Mind [Raul Midn/Raul Midn] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. State of Mind
    2. If You're Gonna Leave
    3. Keep on Hoping
    4. Mystery Girl
    5. Waited All My Life
    6. Everybody
    7. Expressions of Love
    8. Sittin' in the Middle
    9. Suddenly
    10. Never Get Enough
    11. Sunshine (I Can Fly)
    12. I Would Do Anything
    13. All in Your Mind
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 71330

  • Credits
    ProducerArif Mardin; Joe Mardin; Arif Mardin; Joe Mardin
    EngineerJoe Mardin; Femi Jiya; Michael O'Reilly; Dan Feiszli

    Personnel: Raul Midn (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, nylon-string guitar, congas, palmas); Raul Midn; Jason Mraz (vocals, whistling, acoustic guitar, whistle); Dave Valentin, Dave Valentine (flute); Shedrick Mitchell (Hammond b-3 organ); Eric Revis (acoustic bass, acoustic bass guitar); Richard Hammond (acoustic bass guitar); Jerry Barnes, Jonathan Maron (electric bass, bass guitar); Sammy Figueroa (percussion); Stevie Wonder, Grgoire Maret (harmonica); Joe Mardin (piano, drums, palmas); Stefon Harris (vibraphone); Daniel Sadownick, Cyro Baptista (percussion); Lisa Fischer (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Joe Mardin; Michael O'Reilly.
    Photographer: Danny Clinch.
    Arrangers: Raul Midn; Joe Mardin; Stefon Harris; Andrew Logan.
    STATE OF MIND marks the arrival of a major new pop talent. Born in New Mexico and based in New York, singer/songwriter/guitarist Raul Midon has a sound that combines the R&B and soul of Stevie Wonder with the potent folk of Richie Havens. (Wonder actually contributes harmonica to the gentle "Expressions of Love" here) Blind from birth, Midon approaches his acoustic-guitar playing with added tactile sense, creating a percussive-yet-melodic sound that is immediately engaging and perfectly complements his high, clear tenor voice. Not content to settle too much into any one style, Midon conjures up a reggae vibe on "Keep on Hoping" (a duet with Jason Mraz), tips his hat to James Taylor on "Sittin' in the Middle," and belts out "I Would Do Anything" over a dense array of Afro-Cuban percussion. The dynamic STATE OF MIND is a bold, assured album by a charismatic and promising performer.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (No. 825, p.83) - "...[H]is supple blend of soul crooner, folk bard, and Latin sonero...melts our cynicism." - Grade: A minus
    JazzTimes (p.122) - "[H]e's an indefatigable optimist, and it's undeniable that the sunny Midon sounds, as a singer and player, like Feliciano - the similarity is often eerie."
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