Nine Track Mind

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Nine Track Mind
An image of Puth sporting a green jacket, posing a front a yellow backdrop, with his name and the title, "Nine Track Mind" appearing in the portrait's center.
Standard edition cover
Studio album by Charlie Puth
Released January 29, 2016 (2016-01-29)[1]
Recorded 2014–15
Genre
Length 41:04
Label Atlantic
Producer
Charlie Puth chronology
Some Type of Love
(2015)Some Type of Love2015
Nine Track Mind
(2016)
Voicenotes
(2018)Voicenotes2018
Charlie Puth studio album chronology
Nine Track Mind
(2016) Nine Track Mind2016
Voicenotes
(2018) Voicenotes2018
Singles from Nine Track Mind
  1. "Marvin Gaye"
    Released: February 10, 2015
  2. "One Call Away"
    Released: August 20, 2015
  3. "We Don't Talk Anymore"
    Released: May 24, 2016

Nine Track Mind is the debut studio album by American singer Charlie Puth. It was released on January 29, 2016, by Atlantic Records, after being scheduled to be released on November 6, 2015.[1] Puth has produced throughout the album.[3]

The album's lead single, "Marvin Gaye", featuring Meghan Trainor, was released on February 10, 2015. It peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in various countries including France, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The album's second single, "One Call Away", was released on August 20, 2015. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. On May 24, 2016, Puth released the third single "We Don't Talk Anymore", featuring Selena Gomez. The song has peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The finalized track listing was revealed on December 11, 2015.[4] The final track listing removed the tracks "Know Your Name" and "Hard" and replaced them with "Dangerously" and "We Don't Talk Anymore". "I Won't Tell a Soul" was also due for inclusion on the Japanese edition, but was subsequently removed. Puth embarked on his Nine Track Mind Tour in March 2016.[5] A deluxe edition, containing three new songs, was released on November 11, 2016.

Upon release, Nine Track Mind was a commercial success, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard 200. However, the album received negative reviews from critics, who called its production bland, criticised the writing and Puth's overall performance. Puth himself confessed that he was disappointed at how the album turned out, and compared hearing it to "flossing with aluminum foil" and "bitten nails on a chalkboard."[6]

Singles and videos[edit]

"Marvin Gaye", which contains vocals from Meghan Trainor, was released on February 10, 2015, as the first single from the album. "One Call Away" was announced by Puth as the second single from the album on August 4, 2015, and was released along with the pre-order of the album on August 20, 2015.[1] On May 11, 2016, Puth announced "We Don't Talk Anymore" as the third single from the album. Selena Gomez provides vocals for the song. It impacted US contemporary hit radio on May 24, 2016.[7]

A music video was released on February 19, 2016, to remix version of "Suffer", directed by Austin Starrett Winchell.[8] On November 2, Puth released the music video to "Dangerously".[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic37/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[11]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[12]
The Guardian3/5 stars[2]
Idolator3/5 stars[13]
NewsdayB-[14]
The Observer2/5 stars[15]
Pitchfork2.5/10[16]
Q1/5 stars[10]
Spin3/10[17]
Toronto Sun2.5/5[18]

Nine Track Mind received negative reviews from music critics, who were critical of the album's writing, production, and Puth's overall performance. On Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 based on reviews from mainstream critics, the album gained an average score of 37, based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews," making it the 15th worst critic-reviewed album on the website.[10][19] The Guardian's Rachel Aroesti gave Nine Track Mind three out of five stars, saying, "the standard of his songwriting is consistently high, and his central theme — romantic obsession that verges on the masochistic — makes for a record that softly burns."[2] In a negative review for Pitchfork, Jia Tolentino — recognizing Puth's talent and "considerable abilities" — wrote that "the album's emotional range covers the spectrum from light longing to light infatuation, contributing to the overall sense that Nine Track Mind is aimed exclusively at hairlessness: children, prepubescents, the discomfitingly waxed."[16]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[1]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."One Call Away"
  • DJ Frank E
  • Prime
3:14
2."Dangerously"
3:19
3."Marvin Gaye" (featuring Meghan Trainor)
Puth3:10
4."Losing My Mind"
3:32
5."We Don't Talk Anymore" (featuring Selena Gomez)
Puth3:37
6."My Gospel"Puth3:30
7."Up All Night"3:10
8."Left Right Left"
  • DJ Frank E
  • Geoffro Cause
3:26
9."Then There's You"
  • Carlsson
  • Puth[a]
3:34
10."Suffer"
  • Puth
  • Isaac
Puth3:30
11."As You Are" (featuring Shy Carter)
Red Triangle3:55
12."Some Type of Love"Puth3:07
Total length:41:04

Notes:

  • ^a signifies a co-producer.
  • ^b signifies an additional producer.
  • "Losing My Mind" contains elements of Vera Hall's song "Wild Ox Moan".

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[68] Gold 30,000^
France (SNEP)[69] Platinum 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[70] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[71] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[72] Gold 222,610[73]
United States (RIAA)[74] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Version
Worldwide January 29, 2016[1] Atlantic Standard
November 11, 2016 Deluxe

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