Pharrell Williams G I R L

G I R L

Pharrell Williams

Released on March 3, 2014 by Columbia

Main artist: Pharrell Williams

Genre: R&B/Soul

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At some point between In My Mind and this album, tracking Pharrell's accomplishments became more difficult than ever. His 2013 alone must be considered historic. That February, he accepted a Grammy for his role in Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. March brought the release of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," a Pharrell production that eventually topped the Hot 100. In April, there was Daft Punk's Pharrell-fronted "Get Lucky," a number two hit. From June through December, the Top Five of the Billboard 200 featured ten albums that involved him, including the number ones Random Access Memories, Blurred Lines, Magna Carta...Holy Grail, and Beyoncé. He subsequently earned seven additional Grammy nominations and took home three awards -- presumably stowed in one of the compartments of his hat -- the following January, including the one for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Just prior to the March 2014 release of G I R L, "Happy," one of several songs he granted to the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2, topped the Hot 100. That carefree soul throwback appears here, almost smack in the middle. It doesn't sound out of place in a set of upbeat, candy-coated pop-R&B that is relatively modern-sounding, laced with some elements of R&B from the mid- to late '60s and that sweet late-'70s to early-'80s spot. One highlight that owes more to the past is "Gust of Wind," a midtempo disco-funk Daft Punk collaboration filled with soaring strings and one of Pharrell's most effectively wistful/yearning turns. On the sunny "Brand New," he adds horns and shares vocals with Justin Timberlake, and they deal out some rare male self-objectification: "Like the tags still on me, jumpin' 'round in your bag." Much of the material is gentlemanly -- appearances from Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, JoJo, and other women add to the approach -- but this wouldn't be a Pharrell album without some goofball moves. "Hunter," like a funkier and tinnier take on what he did for Usher's "Twisted," is steeped in his charm-way-over-ability falsetto and cartoonish boasts with topical references. "Gush," what sounds like an outtake from the first N.E.R.D. album plus strings, begins with "Make the pussy just gush" and references "Light Your Ass on Fire" while proclaiming "My mama didn't raise me that way" somewhere between. Compared to his albums with N.E.R.D. and In My Mind, this is easily Pharrell's second most enjoyable album, just behind the original version of In Search Of... from 2001. It's fun, frivolous, and low on excess. ~ Andy Kellman
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:46:53

  1. 1 Marilyn Monroe

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Other, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Other, Producer - A.M Calhoun, Composer, Lyricist - Brent Paschke, Electric Guitar - Belinda Broughton, Violin - Julie Gigante, Violin - Tammy Hatwan, Violin - Charlie Bisharat, Violin - Bruce Dukov, Violin - Phil Levy, Violin - Serena McKinney, Violin - Lisa Liu, Violin - Lisa Sutton, Violin - Helen Nightengale, Violin - Kathleen Sloan, Violin - Roger Wilkie, Violin - Natalie Leggett, Violin - Jessica Guideri, Violin - Darius Campo, Violin - Songa Lee, Violin - Brian Dembow, Viola - David Walther, Viola - Rob Brophy, Viola - Matt Funes, Viola - Darrin McCaan, Viola - Andrew Duckles, Viola - Steve Erdody, Cello - Armen Ksajikian, Cello - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello - Paula Hochhalter, Cello - Kelly Osbourne, Other - Miguel Milliones, Other - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Mike Larson, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Jacob Dennis, Assistant Engineer - Matt Weber, Assistant Engineer - Todd Hurtt, Assistant Engineer - Alan Meyerson, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixing Engineer - Stephanie McNally, Recording Engineer - Seth Waldmann, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Brand New

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Justin Timberlake, Associated Performer, Associated Performer - Pharrell Williams Duet with Justin Timberlake, Associated Performer - The Dap-Kings, Horn - Buford O'Sullivan, Horn - Dave Guy, Horn - Mike Larson, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Rhea Dummet - Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, Other - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Nick Valentin, Assistant Engineer - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixing Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Matthew Desrameaux, Assistant Engineer - Jeremy Cimio, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Hunter

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Mike Larson, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Matthew Desrameaux, Assistant Engineer - Nick Valentin, Assistant Engineer - Gennaro Schiano, Assistant Engineer - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixing Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Dennis, Assistant Engineer - Todd Hurtt, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 Gush

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Belinda Broughton, Violin - Brent Paschke, Electric Guitar - Julie Gigante, Violin - Tammy Hatwan, Violin - Charlie Bisharat, Violin - Bruce Dukov, Violin - Phil Levy, Violin - Serena McKinney, Violin - Lisa Liu, Violin - Lisa Sutton, Violin - Helen Nightengale, Violin - Kathleen Sloan, Violin - Roger Wilkie, Violin - Natalie Leggett, Violin - Jessica Guideri, Violin - Darius Campo, Violin - Songa Lee, Violin - Brian Dembow, Viola - David Walther, Viola - Rob Brophy, Viola - Matt Funes, Viola - Darrin McCaan, Viola - Andrew Duckles, Viola - Steve Erdody, Cello - Armen Ksajikian, Cello - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello - Paula Hochhalter, Cello - Hans Zimmer, Other - Mike Larson, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Ann Marie Calhoun, Other - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Nick Glennie-smith, Other - Bruce Fowler, Other - Jacob Dennis, Assistant Engineer - Todd Hurtt, Assistant Engineer - Connor Gilligan, Assistant Engineer - Hart Gunther, Assistant Engineer - Femio Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - Nick Valentin, Assistant Engineer - Alan Meyerson, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Stephanie McNally, Recording Engineer - Kevin Globerman, Recording Engineer - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DOE, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Happy (From "Despicable Me 2")

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rhea Dummett - Trevon Henderson - Ashley L. Lee - Shamika Hightower - Jasmine Murray - Terrence Rolle - Mike Larson, Editor, Recording Engineer - Matthew Desrameaux, Assistant Engineer - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Programmer - Leslie Brathwaite, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 2013 Back Lot Music, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 Come Get It Bae

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Other, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Other, Producer - Miley Cyrus, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Pharrell Williams Duet with Miley Cyrus, Associated Performer - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Electric Guitar, Other, Recording Engineer - Helen Williams, Other - Mike Larson, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Rhea Dummett - Hart Gunther, Recording Engineer - Rick Bryant, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Dennis, Assistant Engineer - Todd Hurtt, Assistant Engineer - Femio Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - Jimmy Douglass, Mixing Engineer - Beau Vallis, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Gust of Wind

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Other, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Other, Producer - Belinda Broughton, Violin - Francesco, Electric Guitar - Julie Gigante, Violin - Tammy Hatwan, Violin - Charlie Bisharat, Violin - Bruce Dukov, Violin - Phil Levy, Violin - Serena McKinney, Violin - Lisa Liu, Violin - Lisa Sutton, Violin - Helen Nightengale, Violin - Kathleen Sloan, Violin - Roger Wilkie, Violin - Natalie Leggett, Violin - Jessica Guideri, Violin - Darius Campo, Violin - Songa Lee, Violin - Brian Dembow, Viola - David Walther, Viola - Rob Brophy, Viola - Matt Funes, Viola - Darrin McCaan, Viola - Andrew Duckles, Viola - Steve Erdody, Cello - Armen Ksajikian, Cello - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello - Paula Hochhalter, Cello - Daft Punk - Mike Larson, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Phi Hollinger, Other - Helen Williams, Other - Florian Lagatta, Recording Engineer - Hans Zimmer, Other - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Ann Marie Calhoun, Associated Performer - Matthew Desrameaux, Assistant Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Nick Glennie-smith, Associated Performer - Alan Meyerson, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Bruce Fowler, Other - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Other - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixing Engineer - Matt Weber, Assistant Engineer - Jeremy Cimio, Assistant Engineer - Stephanie McNally, Recording Engineer - Kevin Globerman, Recording Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 Lost Queen

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Hart Gunther, Recording Engineer - Rick Bryant, Assistant Engineer - Femio Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - Ramon Rivas, Assistant Engineer - Jimmy Douglass, Mixing Engineer - Mike Larson, Assistant Engineer - Eric Eylands, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Know Who You Are

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alicia Keys, Associated Performer, Associated Performer - Pharrell Williams Duet with Alicia Keys, Associated Performer - Brent Paschke, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Andrew Coleman, Editor, Electric Guitar, Other, Recording Engineer - Mike Larson, Editor, Other, Recording Engineer - Ann Mincielli, Recording Engineer - Adrian Breakspear, Recording Engineer - Nick Valentin, Assistant Engineer - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixing Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Dennis, Assistant Engineer - Todd Hurtt, Assistant Engineer - Ramon Rivas, Assistant Engineer - Matt Weber, Assistant Engineer - Val Brathwaite, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 It Girl

    Pharrell Williams, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Other, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Other, Producer - Andrew Coleman, Electric Guitar, Other, Recording Engineer - Brent Paschke, Electric Guitar - Helen Williams, Other - Mike Larson, Recording Engineer - Nick Valentin, Assistant Engineer - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixing Engineer - Eric Weaver, Assistant Engineer - Jacob Dennis, Assistant Engineer - Todd Hurtt, Assistant Engineer - JOHN DOE, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2014 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

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  • At some point between In My Mind and this album, tracking Pharrell's accomplishments became more difficult than ever. His 2013 alone must be considered historic. That February, he accepted a Grammy for his role in Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. March brought the release of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," a Pharrell production that eventually topped the Hot 100. In April, there was Daft Punk's Pharrell-fronted "Get Lucky," a number two hit. From June through December, the Top Five of the Billboard 200 featured ten albums that involved him, including the number ones Random Access Memories, Blurred Lines, Magna Carta...Holy Grail, and Beyoncé. He subsequently earned seven additional Grammy nominations and took home three awards -- presumably stowed in one of the compartments of his hat -- the following January, including the one for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Just prior to the March 2014 release of G I R L, "Happy," one of several songs he granted to the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2, topped the Hot 100. That carefree soul throwback appears here, almost smack in the middle. It doesn't sound out of place in a set of upbeat, candy-coated pop-R&B that is relatively modern-sounding, laced with some elements of R&B from the mid- to late '60s and that sweet late-'70s to early-'80s spot. One highlight that owes more to the past is "Gust of Wind," a midtempo disco-funk Daft Punk collaboration filled with soaring strings and one of Pharrell's most effectively wistful/yearning turns. On the sunny "Brand New," he adds horns and shares vocals with Justin Timberlake, and they deal out some rare male self-objectification: "Like the tags still on me, jumpin' 'round in your bag." Much of the material is gentlemanly -- appearances from Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, JoJo, and other women add to the approach -- but this wouldn't be a Pharrell album without some goofball moves. "Hunter," like a funkier and tinnier take on what he did for Usher's "Twisted," is steeped in his charm-way-over-ability falsetto and cartoonish boasts with topical references. "Gush," what sounds like an outtake from the first N.E.R.D. album plus strings, begins with "Make the pussy just gush" and references "Light Your Ass on Fire" while proclaiming "My mama didn't raise me that way" somewhere between. Compared to his albums with N.E.R.D. and In My Mind, this is easily Pharrell's second most enjoyable album, just behind the original version of In Search Of... from 2001. It's fun, frivolous, and low on excess. ~ Andy Kellman

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