By Nicole Sims
After toppling the Grammy nominations along with winning three awards, it’s safe to say that 2014 is Pharrell Williams’s year.
The best way to describe the performance of his sophomore album, G I R L, is like a fine wine that’s been matured, blended and bottled to perfection.
After a disappointing reception to his first solo album, “In My Mind,” Williams let his rapping persona, “Skateboard P,” remain in the past, while G I R L serves up a fresh dose of soothing falsettos. This album is all about showing off his many musical talents and exploring his love for women.
The album starts with a track titled “Marilyn Monroe,” and has grandiose orchestral entrance. With the help of the Oscar winning composer, Hans Zimmer, the song beautifully sets the stage for the rest of the album. This track brings you to a world where classical and pop music mesh together flawlessly.
“Brand New” makes a sleek transition into the battle of falsettos between Williams and the featured artist, Justin Timberlake. This track will take you back to Michael Jackson’s pop prime. After listening, nostalgia of ’70s disco fever may have you looking for the nearest dance floor, strobe lights, with a disco ball included.
Still keeping with the ’70s feel, “Hunter” takes you into a sexy predator versus prey chase of a man on the hunt for women. Williams admits his love for the game and by shamelessly singing, “Cupid, thank you for what you did/But you can’t aim and get what I get/I’m a hunter.” The allure of his lyrics give the impression that he has the upper hand of this game, sorry ladies.
“Gush” is by far the raciest song. Williams will be taunting the ladies with this one, saying “Tonight I think I wanna be dirty, girl/Do you wanna get dirty, girl?” Enough said.
As “Happy” remains No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 List, it is also popular on the album. The title says it all, making it almost darn near impossible for you to not feel happy after listening to this catchy tune.
With Miley Cyrus featured on the track, “Come Get It Bae,” surprisingly or not, this is one of the more memorable songs on the album. With clapping, pounds of drums, and the steady strum of guitar, this is another song that is reminiscent of the ’70s, but definitely has an edgy, modern twist.
On “Gust of Wind,” Williams reunites with Daft Punk, delivering another solid performance. In this song, William’s compares the feeling of being in love to his need for air by saying, “I need it like I breathe it.”
“Lost Queen” is a song broken into two parts. The first part is African inspired and more about serenading a girl into falling in love. This portion even includes tribal chants and bongo drums. The second half, titled “Freq” eludes to a sensuous jazz vibe that mostly consists of Williams repeating the mantra “You gotta go inward/ to experience the outer space/ that was built for you.”
“Know Who You Are” features Alicia Keys in song about being venerable and in love. This song gives of a melodic style of ska music that is perfected by the back and forth duet between Williams and Keys.
“It Girl” is the last song on the album, and probably the least memorable, but makes the transition back into the sleek and smooth beginning tone of the album. More than lyrics, this song focuses on harmonious guitar strumming, background vocals and various percussion instruments that fade you into the end of the song.
Williams continues to prove why he is one of the best song writers, producers, and artists in the music business. This albums makes the statement that he’s going to be around for many years to come.