Friday, March 14, 2014
Final Grade: A-
I really got down with G I R L. The fact that Pharrell is making an effort to bring back soul-inspired music is something I can definitely get behind, and the fact that he's bringing it to popular music is even better. The album is fairly consistent top to bottom, with only a couple songs coming out as definite hits. I think I like the first half of the album better than the second, but tracks like "Lost Queen," and "Happy" help hold it down. "Brand New" w/ JT is definitely my favorite feature on the album, and one of my favorite tracks overall (but you know how much I luh me some JT). Pharrell is really great at making simple compositions sound complicated and intricate, which is a great ballance. He doesn't have the greatest voice, and isn't the most lyricall-savy writer out there, but he knows how to make you groove, and that may be the most important factor of them all.