Pharrell Williams is one of the biggest names in the music industry right now. ‘Happy’ has been number one on the Australian charts for 10 weeks and is dominating the charts and winning awards left right and centre all over the world. Pharrell has been put back in the limelight recently with his work on the Despicable Me soundtracks as well as featuring in the smash hit singles ‘Blurred Lines’ (Robin Thicke) and ‘Get Lucky’ (Daft Punk). His second studio album ‘Girl’ has been one of the most talked about and anticipated albums of 2014 and it doesn’t disappoint, much. This is an album you have to sit down and listen to properly on your first listen to actually appreciate the musical brilliance of the songs. The songs are so different and diverse from each other that as a body of work they complement each other in a great way. ‘Happy’ has been such a massive success that it’s actually overshadowed the songs on this album and actually set such a high bar. The problem is not all these songs are instantly likeable unlike ‘Happy’ and people judge them on that. But after a few listens to the album in its entirety you will realise how strong it is. ‘Hunter’ is the clear standout with a very catchy hook and a cool beat which will no doubt become a single in the near future. ‘Marilyn Monroe’ has been chosen as the follow up single to ‘Happy’ which is an interesting choice. It’s personally one of my favourites but is one of the songs you need to have a few proper listens to really appreciate it. It’s a typical Pharrell song using a full band and hand claps with a catchy hook that radio will love. Fun fact about ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is that Kelly Osborne sings backing vocals on the track. The album features collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk and Alicia Keys who all bring something different and unique to ‘Girl’. The collaborations bring some of the highlights of the album including ‘Come Get It Bae’ (Feat Miley Cyrus) and the soulful ‘Know Who You Are’ (Feat Alicia Keys). Pharrell has produced and wrote every track and has perfected every song with the right harmonies and down to every appropriate hand clap.
‘Girl’ is worth the wait and hype with Pharrell delivering on all eleven songs. Some songs standout more than others but you will find that with every album. He’s kept it short and sweet and has strategically planned the track listing placing the standout moments in the right places on the album. If you give the album a proper first listen you won’t be disappointed but if you half listen to it while focusing on something else you most likely won’t rate it. And on that note I’m going to leave you with my favourite lyrics from this album; ”A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins”.