Album review: Pharrell Williams - G I R L
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4/5He’s everywhere you look (in a lofty cowboy hat) and ‘Happy’ is everywhere right now igniting northern soul dance solos across the world. The 40-year-old skateboarding fanatic has every reason to be happy at the moment, having won Producer of the Year at the Grammys this year. Pharrell Williams has produced some of the most chart-triumphing songs in r&b over the last decade and worked with everyone from Madonna to Jay-Z, and now he releases a winning follow-up to his 2006 debut solo album In My Mind. With the ability to bring Madge to the urban masses and rejuvenate the career of Britney Spears with hits ‘Slave For You’ and later on ‘Boys’, Williams has often been hailed as the saviour of contemporary soul. Now, he turns his creative efforts to his own music standing alone in the credits as writer and composer for the majority of the album. Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys are the only outside features on this album – one might that they are the reigning prince and princess of urban music, making this as a winning decision. ‘Brand New’ with Justin Timberlake is a majestic high-five to Snoop Dogg’s 2005 hit produced by Williams and fellow N.E.R.D member Chad Hugo, featuring Charlie Wilson and – you guessed it, JT. The incessant pulse of hip percussion carries the flamboyant trumpets, with falsetto vocals from Williams and Timberlake infused with the mighty force of nature that is Earth, Wind and Fire.
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