Pharrell Williams released his second studio album “G.I.R.L.” on March 3, 2013. The 70s-influenced record gives you a futuristic feel as well as the groove of the disco era. While “G.I.R.L.” is not groundbreaking or game-changing, the production proves that Pharrell has not lost his touch.
The lyrics lack substance and focus but that is hidden by his smooth vocals and catchy beats. “Lost Queen” is infused with live instrumentation and tribal drums while Williams raps over the track – he gives you “Skateboard P” and “Happy” on the same track. Production wise, Pharrell is a gem to the music industry because he makes positive records that are always ahead of their time while using elements of disco and funk from the 70s.
Of course the Oscar-nominated track “Happy” stands out on the album with its catchy beat and neo-soul/funk tempo. Pharrell sings in falsetto throughout the song, belting his vocal range which spans from F3 to C5.
While not a record to be on replay, “G.I.R.L.” is an enjoyable dance-pop album and is a break from the redundancy and over-used falsetto that is in today’s R&B music. The album features co-production from legendary producer Timbaland and backing vocals from Leah Labelle, Kelly Osborne, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, JoJo, Alicia Keys, Tori Kelly and Reah Dummett.
“G.I.R.L.” features 10 tracks and is guaranteed to make you “Happy.” The album is available on iTunes for $10.99. i Am Other/Columbia