Glamourreaders,it's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the singer-producer dynamoPharrell Williams—I even wrote about him having thetop two songs of last summer.That's why I'm excited he's allowing his first solo album in eight years,GIRL,to be streamed online.Apparently,I'm not the only one because he released a 30-second trailer:
Certainly,this is the bounciest and poppiest his solo work has sounded in years.He normally infuses his music with some rock influences,but here we get plenty of hand claps,funky guitars that wouldn't be out of place on a soul record,and a less slick and quasi-sleazy adoration of women than what was found on hisRobin Thickecollaboration "Blurred Lines." WithGIRL,Pharrell said in aninterview withRolling Stone:
So let's see how his celebration of women shapes up on this album and if he capitalizes off the lead single success of "Happy."
Song Snap Judgement:
"Marilyn Monroe": Full of orchestration and funk riffs,and it's about his wanting a different girl than legendary women like Joan of Arc and Cleopatra.A great start and danceworthy way to kick off the album.
"Brand New": One of my favorite songs onGIRL.FeaturingJustin Timberlake,this is a wonderful duet.Their voices mesh well together,and the horn section reminds you of early Michael Jackson.