Mastermind

Album: West Coast Time (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a song by American singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, from her third studio album titled West Coast Time. The Pop-Rock track finds Branch moving away from her traditional Pop-Country sound. She told Billboard magazine the tune, "comes from kind of more of an urban background." Branch added that it has "this '60s, spy kind of feel" with a "very kind of spaghetti western guitar riff" that she compared to the Swedish alternative rock band Cardigans. "It definitely does sound anything like I've done so far," Branch concluded.
  • Mike Elizondo produced the song. The Los Angeles producer and songwriter is best known for his Hip-Hop collaborations with artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre but has also worked with such diverse talents as Regina Spektor, Maroon 5 and Carrie Underwood.

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