G I R L - Pharrell Williams
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  • Summary: Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, JoJo, Alicia Keys, and Justin Timberlake are featured guests on the second full-length solo release for the rapper/producer that includes the Academy Award-nominated song "Happy" from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Feb 27, 2014
    85
    The album is loaded with luscious orchestration, motivational mantras and playful sex metaphors. Its taught 10 tracks bring to mind the record Justin Timberlake could have made last year, if he had dared to leave anything on the cutting room floor.
  2. Mar 3, 2014
    80
    The most booty-shaking, speaker-twinkling, glitz-intensive pop-soul record to come down the turnpike in years, out-dazzling even kindred efforts by Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Miguel.
  3. Mar 7, 2014
    80
    Girl is a simple, even slight record--and that's definitely meant as a compliment.
  4. Mar 7, 2014
    62
    While the immaculately blended pop smoothie that is G I R L goes down easy, its complacency is disappointing.
  5. They're featherweight takes on retro-'70's pop soul, together creating just the summer album we need in a winter that won't quit. But if the album's puppydog need to please goes down with ease, it's effect evaporates nearly as quickly.
  6. 60
    Over 10 tracks, then, no sackcloth is in evidence, just a coy, elfin who-me face, and songs that tone down the smut'n'grind of Pharrell's more R&B-oriented productions and turn up the knobs on his Michael Jackson fetish.
  7. Mar 3, 2014
    10
    All of this is borderline insulting to its target audience, myself included. For a moment in “Brand New,” Williams lets us see his hand, and it subtly reveals how incredibly marketed and capital-centric this album is.

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  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. Dec 10, 2014
    10
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  2. Mar 3, 2014
    9
    GIRL is a great comeback album to follow Pharrell's 8 year hiatus. Following some of the steps Timberlake took with "20/20", Pharrell took theGIRL is a great comeback album to follow Pharrell's 8 year hiatus. Following some of the steps Timberlake took with "20/20", Pharrell took the funky approach with these 10 songs. Every song has the joyful feel of "Happy" without getting old as you get further into the listen. Pharrell's vocals have improved in his hiatus & even though he didn't choose to use his hip-hop elements here, it's still was for the best. An appearance of Skateboard P would've been out of place. This is Grown Man Williams' show here & it's far from disappointing.

    High Points: "Brand New" (Featuring Justin Timberlake & Pharrell challenging each other's falsettos); The super smooth soul feel of "Gush; The funky feel of sex in "Come Get It Bae" with a surprisingly well used feature from Miley Cyrus, & a great collabo between P & Daft Punk on "Gust Of Wind" that's reminiscent of the Grammy winning "Get Lucky"
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  3. Mar 12, 2014
    8
    Considering Pharrell didn't want to make this album it is a rather refreshing piece of work because of its obvious influences in disco, funk,Considering Pharrell didn't want to make this album it is a rather refreshing piece of work because of its obvious influences in disco, funk, and pop. If this is what Williams did to fill a contractual obligation, imagine how much more he could do!
    With that said, it's a solid album with some great production work, and great songwriting. Certainly worth anyone's time.
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  4. Mar 8, 2014
    6
    Seems Pharrell is focusing more on the background instruments than vocals, Impressing Intro but unimpressive vocals, but after track 2, it'sSeems Pharrell is focusing more on the background instruments than vocals, Impressing Intro but unimpressive vocals, but after track 2, it's like the album is on loop and it feels like you've heard it all before. I'm being generous with my rating.. Expand
  5. Apr 7, 2014
    5
    While catchy and has interesting collaborations, G I R L's catchy hooks by Pharrell Williams is not interesting enough and it wasted itsWhile catchy and has interesting collaborations, G I R L's catchy hooks by Pharrell Williams is not interesting enough and it wasted its opportunity to become one of this year's best albums. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2014
    4
    Pharrell should be treated like a four year old when making music – he should never be left alone.

    Pharrell smashed radio and the US charts
    Pharrell should be treated like a four year old when making music – he should never be left alone.

    Pharrell smashed radio and the US charts last year on three songs that sounded fresh and rejected most modern conventions, instead favouring progressive melodies and lyrical narratives. For this reason, I was very excited about what he would deliver in his “sophomore” album.

    On the surface, this looked like a tight album where Pharrell had trimmed all the fat down to ten inspiring pop-tunes. As a result of this decision, there is a certain amount of goodwill that I was willing to offer him as a result of having left out those extra ‘filler’ tracks that were also presumably laid down.

    How wrong I was.

    In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I believe this album was rushed and Pharrell should hang his head in shame. He is better than this. In fact, at his best, there are only equals. In submitting these ten tracks, he satisfied the minimum requirement to qualify this work as an album, but he has failed in producing a single additional track that is suitable for radio airplay. (Alright, maybe “Marilyn Monroe” will sneak on the radio at some point, but I like to speak in definitives.)

    The only ways that I can explain this mess of a submission, are that he has been partying a little too hard on the back of the success of his three singles, or that he needs an external pressure in order to produce his best. The reality is, no doubt, a little of both.

    In “Lose Yourself to Dance” and “Get Lucky” he was working with contemporaries whom he surely did not want to let down. In “Happy” he had the pressure of a film soundtrack sweating out the genius. Sadly, on all but one of the other tracks on this album, he only had his own **** standards to worry about.

    I can’t finish this overview without mentioning the lyrics. They are consistently **** in a way that you won’t possibly be able to fathom until you have listened to this album all the way through.

    Enjoy.
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  7. Mar 4, 2014
    0
    The album doesn't sound very fresh at all. I've to agree with a review that said with the Neptunes, it was Chad Hugo that added the bite toThe album doesn't sound very fresh at all. I've to agree with a review that said with the Neptunes, it was Chad Hugo that added the bite to the group. Did Pharrell really revive disco-influence music or was it the Marvin Gaye song that was bitten off heavily for Blurred Lines? Also, I've to say it was Daft Punk's creativity on Random Access Memories that explored the sound further. The lyrics on this album are banal and creepy at the same time. Pharrell's voice isn't falsetto. It's just a weak voice. Expand

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