In our quest for great music, we didn’t hesitate to add Pharrell Williams‘ latest release GIRL to our must-have list. He is, after all, the man who makes us “Happy.”
GIRL celebrates women in this insightful, sultry, melodically delicious album. Giving the ladies much more than a superficial “I get you” wink, Pharrell lyrically dedicates this album to all the amazing women he’s ever come across, and had me swooning from track one. Listen closely to “Marilyn Monroe” — he celebrates ALL females and all of our differences. In our current climate of technology-based put downs (social media rants) and the ever-increasing desire for perfect beauty, Pharrell thoughtfully doles out the love no matter who you are or what you look like. He wants a different girl… and it’s refreshing.
My personal favorites on the album are “Hunter”, “Come Get It Bae”, “Lost Queen” (I love when he sing/talks on this one), “It Girl” and a fun song with Justin Timberlake called “Brand New” — all great turn-it-up-and-blast songs. There’s something about the smoothness of Pharrell’s voice paired with his incomparable, artistic use of beats, lyrics and vocals that make me want to run, bounce, dance, drive… MOVE! Simply put, this album will make you… yes, I’m saying it again, but in all caps now – HAPPY. Additionally, Alicia Keys lends her vocals to the inspirational track “Know Who You Are.” Great beats for the boys with melodic compliments to empower the girls. This man pleases all while provoking deeper feelings.
And seriously, when I heard there was even a controversy about Pharrell’s choice of cover models (hysteric claims of no brown girls)… I sighed. Who doesn’t know that Pharrell likes brown girls, all girls… and why do we even care what models he chose? Slow your roll haters and get your facts straight — Williams is extremely inclusive. P.S. there is a black model featured.
GIRL is non-stop fun and a timeless keeper which should capture audiences of various ages. I’ve been arguing with my youngest sister for years over who the original Pharrell fan is in the family. She actually tried to claim that she’s loved/known about “Skateboard P.” the longest. It’s pretty cute but I can’t ever let her have this. I’ve been digging Pharrell since, well… I’m not going to date myself. Just trust that Mr. Williams has been making me dance for quite some time and there are no signs of him stopping any time soon.
Oh, and about Pharrell using “GIRL” as the album’s title before everyone starts — yes, of course sometimes calling a woman a “girl” can be condescending and even worse, derogatory. But that’s certainly not Pharrell’s intention here. It’s a fun, inclusive and tender use of the word, and truth be told, I don’t think there is a woman out there who doesn’t want to be somebody’s girl. I’m winking back… thanks, Pharrell.
GIRL by Pharrell Williams – GBN highly recommended