Lean into It

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Lean into It
Mr. Big - Lean Into It.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 1991
April 16, 1991 (Europe)
GenreHard rock
ProducerKevin Elson
Mr. Big chronology
Mr. Big
Lean into It
Bump Ahead
Singles from Lean into It
  1. "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"
    Released: November 21, 1991
  3. "To Be with You"
    Released: January 1992
  4. "Just Take My Heart"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]

Lean into It is the second studio album by the American rock supergroup Mr. Big, released in March 26, 1991. The band's breakthrough release, Lean into It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 charts, while the single "To Be with You" became the band's first and only song to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single, "Just Take My Heart", was another Top 40 hit, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy" features Gilbert and Sheehan running Makita cordless drills over their guitar strings in harmony to create an unusually fast solo which is likely not possible to replicate with hands[3]. The "CDFF" prefix of the Jeff Paris-penned "Lucky This Time", is the song "Addicted to That Rush" from the band's 1989 eponymous debut album, played at a higher playback speed; hence the "CDFF" for "Compact Disc Fast Forward", "CDFF" is also the chord structure to the song.

The cover image is a picture from the Montparnasse train accident that occurred on October 22, 1895 in Gare Montparnasse station in Paris, France.

Track listing[edit]

1."Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)"Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert, André Pessis, Pat Torpey, Eric Martin3:54
2."Alive and Kickin'"Gilbert, Martin, Pessis, Sheehan, Torpey5:28
3."Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"Gilbert3:30
4."CDFF-Lucky This Time" (Originally recorded by Jeff Paris)Jeff Paris4:10
5."Voodoo Kiss"Martin, Pessis4:07
6."Never Say Never"Martin, Jim Vallance3:48
7."Just Take My Heart"Martin, Pessis4:21
8."My Kinda Woman"Gilbert, Martin, Sheehan4:09
9."A Little Too Loose"Gilbert5:21
10."Road to Ruin"Torpey, Paris, Gilbert, Sheehan3:54
11."To Be with You"Martin, David Grahame3:27


  • Eric Martin – lead vocals, handclaps
  • Paul Gilbert – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, handclaps, backing vocals, electric drill
  • Billy Sheehan – bass guitar, handclaps, backing vocals, electric drill
  • Pat Torpey – drums, percussion, handclaps, backing vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Albums - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 15

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" Mainstream Rock Tracks 33
"To Be with You" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
The Billboard Hot 100 1
1992 "Just Take My Heart" Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
The Billboard Hot 100 16
"To Be with You" Adult Contemporary 11


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[6] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[8] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[9] Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[10] Gold 25,000^
Taiwan (IFPI Taiwan)[11] Gold 20,000*
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,200,000[12]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Garza, Janiss (1992-02-14). "Lean Into It Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  3. ^ Cassette liner notes
  4. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/chris-kupper-mn0001227692
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Mr.Big – Lean Into It" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Mr. Big – Lean Into It". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Mr. Big; 'Lean Into It')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Mr. Big 'live' at Big Dome on May 10". PhilStar. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  10. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Mr. Big; 'Lean Into It')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Paul Gilbert Taiwan Gold Record". IFPI Taiwan. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) archived.
  12. ^ Jon Cold (1992). "Biggest Metal Sales – The Mr. Big Interview". Metal Edge Magazine. United States: Zenbu Media.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Mr. Big – Lean Into It". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 June 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.