Pharrell Williams
G I R L


3.0
good

Review

by Azn. USER (37 Reviews)
March 5th, 2014 | 166 replies


Release Date: 03/03/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The bar needs to be raised.

Pharrell Williams has certainly made quite a name for himself. While the producer has been a veritable powerhouse behind the scenes, working with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Mos Def to Madonna, and it was only a matter of time before he exploded onto the scene full-force as a self-serving artist. We got a taste of the Pharrell magic with Daft Punk's almost criminally overplayed "Get Lucky", as well as his contributions to the successful Despicable Me movies. Unfortunately, while Pharrell's solo effort, GIRL, is enjoyable, its flaws hamper it to the point of threatening to consign it into mediocrity.

When one considers Pharrell's history, it isn't unreasonable to expect a funk-filled, soulful release of memorable pop songs - in fact, that's exactly what Pharrell attempts to deliver, wearing a class-act persona while innocently creating earcandy. "Get Lucky" serves as a fitting comparison to the tracks on GIRL, and sadly that track happens to outshine most (if not all) of the tracks on Pharrell's own album. The production on each of the songs here is sparse, and while funky guitars and Pharrell's own smooth delivery ostensibly seem enough to sustain interest, continual missteps in melody and plenty of poor lyrical choices detract from the overall album. Out of all the many guest features, Justin Timberlake's contribution on "Brand New", interspersed with joyful horns, is possibly one of the highest points on GIRL; on the other end of the spectrum is the song "Gush", which contains such lyrical gems such as "light that ass on fire" and "I make the pussy just gush". This presents the primary problem with Pharrell's album - while there are notable high points and acceptably well-written sections, there are also parts that are so dismally trite and so amateurishly written that it borders on the ludicrous.

Beat-wise, GIRL is a satisfactory accomplishment, but unfortunately Pharrell's does not flex enough muscle in terms of songwriting to make an album truly worthy of the Pharrell name. As accomplished as he is, and as impeccably produced GIRL is, there is the prevailing sense that Pharrell could've created a significantly more important release in the world of pop.



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Azn.
March 5th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh. I'd give this a 2.7 if I could

Cygnatti
March 5th 2014


32732 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Might check this out

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2014


16069 Comments


you knew he was in a group called N.E.R.D right? which prolly was his "matter of time before he exploded onto the scene full-force as a self-serving artist" moment since no one knew anyone else in that group.

Azn.
March 5th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I did but I was talking about very recently, like this year



his older stuff wasn't popular I think

Cygnatti
March 5th 2014


32732 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It was popular to an extent. But I think he's trying to pull a Justin timberlake and reel in a whole bunch of new fans.

Azn.
March 5th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

prolly



this album was pretty iffy though, nowhere near close anything like 20/20

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2014


56349 Comments


I logged in just to say that Happy is the worst song I've ever heard

Azn.
March 5th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

considering changing this to a 2.5 tbh

oltnabrick
March 5th 2014


36325 Comments


The bar needs to be raised.


Digging: Nivhek - After Its own Death/ Walking in a Spiral

Emim
March 5th 2014


27679 Comments


DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT
DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT



didn't know this guy still made music

Azn.
March 5th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree fully

Hopelust
March 5th 2014


3356 Comments


N.E.R.D. was awesome.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2014


16069 Comments


i'd say NERD was pretty popular, not chart topping but people knew and know of it. I prolly won't bother listening to this though.

SharkTooth
March 5th 2014


13952 Comments


@Trebor
Ever hear Dark Horse?

Green Baron
March 5th 2014


24416 Comments


Happy is well...

too happy for me

Digging: Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Azn.
March 5th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

gust of wind is aight

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2014


22485 Comments


I logged in just to say that Happy is the best song I've ever heard.

It's just so... happy.

Plus, if you look real carefully, there are minions in the video. :-)



Green Baron
March 5th 2014


24416 Comments


i'm so happy

Tyrael
March 5th 2014


21113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gust of Wind is really good



I also prefer Happy over Get Lucky :]

BigPleb
March 5th 2014


57073 Comments


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