Pharrell: Girl - album review

Pharrell hits his phwoar-ties with bowties of charm to spare

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Pharrell Williams isn’t in his forties. No mister, he’s in his phwoar-ties. Few men reach their fifth decade oozing such boyish appeal. After defining the 2000s as a star player of production team The Neptunes, he raised the bar with his spot on ‘Get Lucky’. His manchild face is now squarely in the spotlight. The most obvious sign of maturity is the broad theme of celebrating women. Songs such as ‘Brand New’ definitely recall the sweet earnestness of Stevie Wonder at his most effusive. But what shines is Williams’ ability to put a bowtie on pop through arrangements that grab your imagination. Grooves are both melancholic and head-nodding on ‘It Girl’ and the basslines come alive on ‘I Know Who You Are’.
Oliver Keens

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