G I R L

G I R L

by Pharrell Williams
     
 

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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 releaseSee more details below

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/2014
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0888430550728
catalogNumber:
305507
Rank:
13920

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pharrell Williams   Primary Artist,Hand Clapping
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Julie Gigante   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Dennis Karmazyn   Celli
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Daft Punk   Vocals
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Brent Paschke   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar
Darrin McCann   Viola
Buford O'Sullivan   Horn
Tim Mosley   Beat Box,Beatbox
Justin Timberlake   Vocals
Andrew Coleman   Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping
Alicia Keys   Vocals
Kelly Osbourne   Vocals
Dave Walther   Viola
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Songa Lee   Violin
JoJo   Vocals
Rhea Dummett   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Belinda Broughton   Violin,Concert Master
Serena McKinney   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Violin
Miley Cyrus   Vocals
Robert Brophy   Viola
Armen Ksajikian   Celli
Phillip Levy   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Dap-Kings   Horn
Dave Guy   Horn
R.A.W.   Hand Clapping
Leah Labelle   Vocals
Jessica E. Guideri   Violin
Tori Kelly   Vocals
Shamika Hightower   Vocals
Jasmine Murray   Vocals
Ashley L. Lee   Vocals
Trevon Henderson   Vocals
Terrence Rolle   Vocals
Cynthia Lu   Hand Clapping
Phi Hollinger   Hand Clapping
Lisa Lieu   Violin
Helen Williams   Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
Nick Glennie-Smith   String Arrangements
Alan Meyerson   String Mixing
Hans Zimmer   String Arrangements
Pharrell Williams   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kevin Globerman   Engineer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Damon Tedesco   Monitor Engineer
Hart Gunther   Engineer
Ann Marie Calhoun   Composer,String Arrangements,String Writing
Adrian Breakspear   Engineer
Mike Larson   Arranger,Engineer
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
Florian Lagatta   Engineer
Phi Hollinger   Art Direction

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