2013 was an amazing year for Pharrell, so what better way to continue the momentum than by releasing his second solo album ‘Girl’ on short notice.
We’re assuming that he was going for the short and sweet vibe, as ‘GIRL’ is only 10 tracks long. The issue with this, of course, is that any fillers become very noticeable, but more on those later.
Let’s start with the brilliant Oscar-nominated ‘Happy’, which has already spent nine weeks on top of the ARIA charts. Whether you’re in a café, a nightclub or even peak hour traffic, you can’t help but crack a smile when you hear it.
Sadly, nothing else on ‘GIRL’ matches up to ‘Happy’, but ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is pretty funky in its own right; definitely second single material!
‘Hunter’ has a bit of a 1980s INXS funk-rock vibe, while the Alicia Keys duet ‘Know Who You Are’ is an old school R&B number with seductive back and forth verses between Pharrell and Alicia.
Now the bad news… most of the other tracks fail to deliver.
’Come Get It Bae’ relies on handclaps to overpower how forgettable it is, ‘It Girl’ is so tepid it barely has a pulse and the less said about ‘Lost Queen’ the better!
There are definitely splashes of funk and Pharrell’s iconic DNA throughout ‘GIRL’ but there’s just too much padding for a 10-track album.
If only he had taken a few more months as it could have been the iconic album of 2014 rather than just a reminder that he may have already peaked with ‘Happy’.
Download: Happy, Marilyn Monroe, Hunter.