Girl CD (2014)

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Product Overview


Label Columbia Records/sony
SKU 262259960
UPC 888430550728
UPC 14 00888430550728
Format CD
Release Date 3/3/2014
Author Pharrell Williams
Associated Artist/Work DJ Drama
Associated Artist/Work Drama (DJ Drama)
Associated Artist/Work Drama, DJ
Associated Artist/Work Mars, Bruno
Associated Artist/Work Pereira, Heitor
Associated Artist/Work Quick, DJ
Associated Artist/Work Swedish House Mafia
Associated Artist/Work West, Kanye
Associated Artist/Work West, Kanye (Rap)
Artist Influence Don Blackman
Artist Influence Dr. Dre
Artist Influence J Dilla
Artist Influence Michael Jackson
Artist Influence Prince
Artist Influence Quincy Jones
Artist Influence Teddy Riley
Artist Contemporary Akon
Artist Contemporary Beyonc?
Artist Contemporary Cee Lo Green
Artist Contemporary Coleman Hell
Artist Contemporary D'Angelo
Artist Contemporary Dallas Austin
Artist Contemporary Diddy
Artist Contemporary Jazze Pha
Artist Contemporary Jennifer Lopez
Artist Contemporary Jermaine Dupri
Artist Contemporary Justin Timberlake
Artist Contemporary Kanye West
Artist Contemporary Kelis
Artist Contemporary Mark Ronson
Artist Contemporary Miguel (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Missy Elliott
Artist Contemporary Ne-Yo
Artist Contemporary New Boyz
Artist Contemporary R. Kelly
Artist Contemporary Rihanna
Artist Contemporary Shakira
Artist Contemporary Sterling Simms (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Timbaland
Artist Contemporary
Artist Follower Far East Movement
Artist Follower Frank Ocean
Artist Follower J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Follower Justin Timberlake
Artist Follower Miguel (R&B)
Artist Follower The Glitch Mob
Technical Info
Engineer Ann Mincieli; Adrian Breakspear; Andrew Coleman; Hart Gunther; Mike Larson; Kenta Yonesaka; Kevin Globerman; Florian Lagatta
Producer Pharrell Williams
CatalogID 88843055072
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 03/03/2014
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 55s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00888430550728
Musical Guests
Justin Timberlake
Alicia Keys
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Pharrell Williams (hand claps); Rhea Dummett, Helen Williams (vocals, hand claps); Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, JoJo , Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Tori Kelly, Leah Labelle, Shamika Hightower , Jasmine Murray , Ashley L. Lee , Trevon Henderson , Terrence Rolle , Alicia Keys (vocals); Brent Paschke (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric sitar); Andrew Coleman (electric guitar, hand claps); Serena McKinney, Songa Lee, Helen Nightengale, Phillip Levy , Kathleen Sloan , Tamara Hatwan, Jessica E. Guideri, Lisa Sutton, Lisa Lieu, Bruce Dukov, Julie Gigante, Natalie Leggett, Roger Wilkie, Darius Campo, Belinda Broughton, Charlie Bisharat (violin); Matthew Funes, Robert Brophy , Brian Dembow, Dave Walther , Darrin McCann, Andrew Duckles (viola); The Dap-Kings, Buford O'Sullivan, Dave Guy (horns); Cynthia Lu, Phi Hollinger, R.A.W. (hand claps).
Audio Mixers: Jimmy Douglass; Mick Guzauski.
Photographer: Cass Bird.
Arrangers: Andrew Coleman ; Mike Larson ; Pharrell Williams.
At some point between In My Mind and this album, tracking Pharrell's accomplishments became more difficult than ever. His 2013 alone must be considered historic. That February, he accepted a Grammy for his role in Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. March brought the release of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," a Pharrell production that eventually topped the Hot 100. In April, there was Daft Punk's Pharrell-fronted "Get Lucky," a number two hit. From June through December, the Top Five of the Billboard 200 featured ten albums that involved him, including the number ones Random Access Memories, Blurred Lines, Magna Carta...Holy Grail, and Beyonc?. He subsequently earned seven additional Grammy nominations and took home three awards -- presumably stowed in one of the compartments of his hat -- the following January, including the one for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Just prior to the March 2014 release of G I R L, "Happy," one of several songs he granted to the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2, topped the Hot 100. That carefree soul throwback appears here, almost smack in the middle. It doesn't sound out of place in a set of upbeat, candy-coated pop-R&B that is relatively modern-sounding, laced with some elements of R&B from the mid- to late '60s and that sweet late-'70s to early-'80s spot. One highlight that owes more to the past is "Gust of Wind," a midtempo disco-funk Daft Punk collaboration filled with soaring strings and one of Pharrell's most effectively wistful/yearning turns. On the sunny "Brand New," he adds horns and shares vocals with Justin Timberlake, and they deal out some rare male self-objectification: "Like the tags still on me, jumpin' 'round in your bag." Much of the material is gentlemanly -- appearances from Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, JoJo, and other women add to the approach -- but this wouldn't be a Pharrell album without some goofball moves. "Hunter," like a funkier and tinnier take on what he did for Usher's "Twisted," is steeped in his charm-way-over-ability falsetto and cartoonish boasts with topical references. "Gush," what sounds like an outtake from the first N.E.R.D. album plus strings, begins with "Make the pussy just gush" and references "Light Your Ass on Fire" while proclaiming "My mama didn't raise me that way" somewhere between. Compared to his albums with N.E.R.D. and In My Mind, this is easily Pharrell's second most enjoyable album, just behind the original version of In Search Of... from 2001. It's fun, frivolous, and low on excess. ~ Andy Kellman
Artist Overview
A Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, and artist behind a staggering quantity of R&B, rap, and pop hits, Pharrell Williams arrived at the fore of commercial music beside Neptunes partner Chad Hugo. Williams not only helped change the face of pop beginning in the late '90s, he was also one of the faces -- as a charismatic star who often stole the show when producing and/or guesting on other artists' hit singles. Williams' voice became increasingly familiar during the 2000s, providing a chorus or background vocals to hit material. Among his biggest chart-toppers were Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," and his own "Happy." ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The 10 songs on GIRL are steeped in sunshine, air and the most natural, universal strains of Seventies and Eighties R&B."
Entertainment Weekly - "[I]t's on ''Freq,'' a 'hidden' track at the end of 'Lost Queen,' that Pharrell and JoJo, the too-scarce R&B singer, locate the true soul of the album..." -- Grade B
Disc 1
1 Marilyn Monroe
2 Brand New
3 Hunter
4 Gush
5 Happy [from Despicable Me 2]
6 Come Get It Bae
7 Gust Of Wind
8 Lost Queen
9 Who You Are
10 It Girl
Product Attributes
Artist Williams,Pharrell
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records

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