Next (Vanessa Williams album)

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Next
Studio album by Vanessa Williams
Released August 26, 1997
Recorded 1996-97
Genre R&B, pop, dance-pop, urban
Length 53:09
Label Mercury Records
Producer J. Dibbs, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, R. Kelly, Keith Thomas, Daryl Simmons
Vanessa Williams chronology
Star Bright
(1996)
Next
(1997)
Silver & Gold
(2004)
Singles from Next
  1. "Happiness"
    Released: June 24, 1997
  2. "Who Were You Thinkin' 'Bout"
    Released: October 21, 1997
  3. "First Thing on Your Mind"
    Released: January 27, 1998
  4. "Oh How the Years Go By"
    Released: April 21, 1998

Next is Vanessa L. Williams' fifth album, released in 1997. While it did not match the commercial success of its predecessors, it features some of her strongest and most emotive vocal performances. It includes the singles "Happiness" (#36 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart), "Who Were You Thinkin' 'Bout", "First Thing on Your Mind" and the major hit, "Oh How the Years Go By" (#6 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart).

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Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Who Were You Thinkin' 'Bout?"   Phil Galdston, Keith Thomas Keith Thomas 4:06
2. "Happiness" (Samples "I Can't Wait" performed by Nu Shooz) James Harris, Terry Lewis, John Smith James Harris, Terry Lewis 4:27
3. "And My Heart Goes"   Joyce Dean, J. Dibbs J. Dibbs 4:23
4. "First Thing on Your Mind"   Antonina Armato, Kenny LaMar McGowan, K. Miller Antonina Armato 3:57
5. "Crazy 'Bout You"   Daryl Simmons Daryl Simmons 4:34
6. "Lost Without You"   Adrianne Johnson Ross Dennis Ross III 4:40
7. "Someone Like You"   Van Morrison Jeff Kievit, Rob Mathes 4:53
8. "The Easiest Thing"   Stephanie Lewis, R. Mathes J. Kievit 4:34
9. "Surrender"   Barry J. Eastmond, Siedah Garrett Barry J. Eastmond 4:55
10. "Start Again"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 3:56
11. "And If I Ever"   J. Harris, T. Lewis J. Harris, T. Lewis 4:06
12. "Oh How the Years Go By"   Simon Climie, Will Jennings K. Thomas 5:11

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