Mistaken Identity (Vernon Reid album)

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Mistaken Identity
Mistaken Identity Reid.jpg
Studio album by Vernon Reid
Released June 1996
Genre Instrumental rock, jazz fusion, funk, hip hop
Length 62:45
Label Epic, 550 Music
Producer Vernon Reid, Prince Paul, Teo Macero
Vernon Reid chronology
Mistaken Identity
Known Unknown
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[3]
Boston Herald 3/4 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[8]
Vibe (favorable)[9]
Washington Post (favorable)[10]

Mistaken Identity is the debut solo album of American guitarist and Living Colour-member Vernon Reid, released in June 1996 on Sony Music-imprint label 550 Music. It features contributions from his backing band Masque,[11] and production was handled by Reid, hip hop producer Prince Paul, and jazz producer Teo Macero.[2] The album's title was inspired by Reid's experience with cultural identity in his life.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "CP Time"
  2. "Mistaken Identity"
  3. "You Say He's Just A Psychic Friend"
  4. "Who Are You [Mutation 1]"
  5. "Lightnin'"
  6. "The Projects"
  7. "Uptown Drifter"
  8. "Saint Cobain"
  9. "Important Safety Instructions! [Mutation 2]"
  10. "What's My Name"
  11. "Signed Fictitious"
  12. "Call Waiting To Exhale [mutation 3]"
  13. "My Last Nerve"
  14. "Freshwater Coconut"
  15. "Mysterious Power"
  16. "Unborne Embrace"


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review: Mistaken Identity. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-12-06.
  2. ^ a b Bambarger, Bradley. "Review: Mistaken Identity". Billboard: 11, 105. June 1, 1996.
  3. ^ Saunders, Michael. "Review: Mistaken Identity". The Boston Globe: September 6, 1996. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  4. ^ Columnist. "Review: Mistaken Identity". Boston Herald: 48. September 8, 1996. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Mistaken Identity". The Village Voice: July 23, 1996. Archived from the original on 2009-12-06.
  6. ^ Hajari, Nisid. Review: Mistaken Identity. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-12-06.
  7. ^ Masuo, Sandy. Review: Mistaken Identity. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-06.
  8. ^ Fricke, David. Review: Mistaken Identity. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-12-06.
  9. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony. "Review: Mistaken Identity". Vibe: 149. June 1996.
  10. ^ Joyce, Mike. "Review: Mistaken Identity". The Washington Post: June 30, 1996. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  11. ^ Pareles, Jon. At an Annual Festival for Jazz, Music That Strictly Isn't. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-06.
  12. ^ Robson, Britt. Some Words with Vernon Reid's Multiple Identities. City Pages. Retrieved on 2009-12-06.

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