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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: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  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 3, 2014
    5
    An inescapable marshmallow-y glob of pop compositions trickle out of Pharrell's newest effort. Stealing rhythms comparable to JustinAn inescapable marshmallow-y glob of pop compositions trickle out of Pharrell's newest effort. Stealing rhythms comparable to Justin Timberlake and Daft Punk's 2013 albums, Pharrell is swimming in familiar, yet shark-infested territory. Yes, he has a lovely voice and his style is decent, but this album is a yawn of "been there, done that". Even with the star-studded appeal stuck to these glossy tracks, the overall experience seems like a waste of time.

    Portrayed as merely a continuation of last year's hits such as "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (ew), Pharrell misses the mark when trying to incorporate his own unique brand to the recording studio. He even brought Daft Punk back into the picture with what sounds like a b-side from Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. And that's a compliment, in case you didn't catch that. However, tracks like "Come Get It Bae", which includes 3 minutes of Miley Cyrus yelling "hey!" at you, drag the album down to a stifling low. Yes Miley, we heard you. No Miley, we won't give you more attention. With feel good melodies on "Happy" and sultry falsetto on "Brand New" (which features, you guessed it, Justin Timberlake!), the album tries to compliment its faults with its successes.

    Unfortunately, G I R L only measures up as a mediocre pop record. So let's just sit back and wait a few months before the radio gets a hold of all these songs and overplays them to death.

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  5. Mar 5, 2014
    4
    I am a fan of Pharrell's cuz of his originality and ability to take artists in different directions they might not have been/gone before. ButI am a fan of Pharrell's cuz of his originality and ability to take artists in different directions they might not have been/gone before. But As for Pharrell's own album, there isn't much I can listen to. Almost the entire album, he is singing in this falsetto voice-which after 2 songs is HIGHLY irritating. The song where he has Timberlake and then Keys, I keep thinking-"please, get them singing already!" I gave this a 4 cuz of the sounds mostly, but the rest, I can leave. Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2014
    4
    I am very disappointed with this album. I was expecting some funk, and I got fluff. Where is the energy ? The vocal hooks are lacking. HeI am very disappointed with this album. I was expecting some funk, and I got fluff. Where is the energy ? The vocal hooks are lacking. He could have just written simple catchy pop songs, instead we get difficult R&B overproduction.
    I think he has been too busy, and his record company pressured him to write an album. He is better than this. In My Mind was much better. At least the hooks were there, and the attitude, also.
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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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