G I R L (CD)


Pharrell Williams

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Amoeba Review

03/03/2014

It’s hard to believe G I R L is only Pharrell Williams’ second solo album. Through his work with The Neptunes, recently Daft Punk and a score of others, he’s left an indelible impact on pop music. But Pharrell has always been a great producer and side man—he’ll take the lead vocals, but usually there’s a lot else going on. Perhaps because of that, G I R L is remarkably guest-free, save for a great vocal turn by pal Justin Timberlake on the slow-building funk of “Brand New.” Pharrell, though, does better than OK at keeping our attention, both vocally and production-wise, across G I R L. “Hunter,” perhaps the album’s best song, moves with ease across a crisp punk-funk riff, allowing Pharrell to loosely sing and deliver old-school raps, sounding like a lost collaboration between CBGBs stars like Talking Heads and Blondie and early hip-hop stars like Grandmaster Flash. Similarly, “Come Get it Bae” dazzles with production that hits directly but never goes over the top, looping the kind of guitars that worked so well on his Daft Punk/Nile Rodgers collaboration “Get Lucky” with classic Neptunes-style synth-and-sample work. Even his obvious pop cash-in “Happy” (from Despicable Me 2) works better in the context of the album, though its kid-friendly lyrics jibe strangely with the more overtly sexual lyrics of much of the rest of the album. Still, this is clearly the work of someone who has done their homework—hell, Pharrell pretty much wrote the book on this stuff at this point—combining his variant influences into luxurious epic “Lost Queen” and Sunday afternoon jam “Know Who You Are” (featuring Alicia Keys), skillfully linking his debt to artists like Stevie Wonder to current trends. For fans of Pharrell, G I R L is the solo album we’ve been waiting for.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Marilyn Monroe
Pharrell Williams 05:51
2.
Brand New
Pharrell Williams , Justin Timberlake 04:31
3.
Hunter
Pharrell Williams 04:00
4.
Gush
Pharrell Williams 03:54
5.
Happy
Pharrell Williams 03:53
6.
Come Get It Bae
Pharrell Williams , Miley Cyrus 03:21
7.
Gust Of Wind
Pharrell Williams , Daft Punk 04:45
8.
Lost Queen
Pharrell Williams 07:56
9.
Who You Are
Pharrell Williams , Alicia Keys 03:56
10.
It Girl
Pharrell Williams 04:49

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