Written by: Carla Bynum
To top off what is already shaping out to be an amazing year for the boyishly handsome producer, his sophomore album is ready to hit shelves on March 3rd.
Last week he gave fans a glimpse into what it took to complete the album and from the sounds of it, his hard work certainly paid off.
G I R L is a 10 ½ track album that reminds us why we fell in love with Mr. Williams in the first place. With his recognizable falsetto and expected catchy hooks, Pharrell shows us exactly what he’s made of.
Get the Party Started:
He gets the party started with “Marilyn Monroe,” an upbeat track that goes out to all the lovers. In the track he compares his girl to Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra and Joan of Arc.
The Inner Beast:
Pharrell may be better known for his usual upbeat and enthusiastic songs but he takes a different direction with “Hunter.” While it still sounds like a Pharrell Williams original, the lyrics give off a more animalistic vibe. “If I can’t have you, nobody can,” he sings on the song.
He shows off his naughty side with songs like “Gush” and “Come Get It Bae.” The latter features resident pop bad girl Miley Cyrus. Cyrus is undoubtedly known for her bad girl antics but once you look beyond that, you will notice that she’s quite talented. Her talent shines through in a subtle yet sexy way on this track.
“Lost Queen” stands out with its subtle tribal vocals and captivating lyrics of a girl who is out of this world. Hidden inside the nearly eight minute track is a song titled “Freq.” The two songs are separated by the soothing sound of waves hitting the shore and “Freq” keeps with the out of this world theme. He is joined by the oftentimes overlooked JoJo who takes the song to new heights.
Feel Good Music
There’s no surprise that “Happy” is the leading single from G I R L with its infectious beat and cheerful lyrics but that’s not the only feel good music that shines through on the album.
Pharrell gets assistance from long time collaborator Justin Timberlake for feel good song, “Brand New.” Pharrell and JT’s voices blend perfectly as they sing about a girl who has them feeling brand new. Pharrell also gets a little assistance from the robots of Daft Punk for “Gust of Wind.” While the song isn’t much of a standout on the album, it’s sure to get you moving.
G I R L closes out with a collaboration between him and powerhouse vocalist Alicia Keys on “Know Who You Are” and “It Girl.” Each of which shine on their own.
Pharrell’s first solo album was released over seven years ago but he certainly hasn’t missed a beat. He has managed to stay true to himself while producing bangers that his old and new fans can appreciate.
Recommended tracks: Marilyn Monroe, Brand New, Come Get It Bae, Lost Queen
Overall Grade: B