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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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: 3/3/2014
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888430550728
  • Catalog Number: 305507
  • Sales rank: 1,266

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Marilyn Monroe (5:51)
  2. 2 Brand New - Justin Timberlake (4:31)
  3. 3 Hunter (4:00)
  4. 4 Gush (3:54)
  5. 5 Happy (3:52)
  6. 6 Come Get It Bae (3:21)
  7. 7 Gust of Wind (4:45)
  8. 8 Lost Queen (7:56)
  9. 9 Who You Are - Alicia Keys (3:56)
  10. 10 It Girl (4:49)
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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
The 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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Alan Meyerson String Mixing
Hans Zimmer String Arrangements
Pharrell Williams Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kevin Globerman Engineer
Ann Mincieli Engineer
Andrew Coleman Arranger, Engineer, Digital Editing
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, Digital Editing
Kenta Yonesaka Engineer
Florian Lagatta Engineer
Phi Hollinger Art Direction
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