Pharrell is the stuff of music legend. He’s dabbled in various projects over the years; he voiced the iconic soundtrack to Despicable Me, has seven Grammy awards under that hat and has his own clothing line. Now he’s brushing the dust off the much loved genre of disco and bringing it back to the charts for a new generation.
Pharrell’s recently released (and highly-anticipated) 10 track album G I R L includes the massive number one single Happy, originally made famous by its debut in Despicable Me 2 and the ambitious attempt at the world’s first 24 hour music video.
Last week on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Pharrell was brought to tears by the overwhelming feedback to the song. He was particularly moved by the fact that “people have believed in me for so long that I could make it to this point”.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that this will be the only reason this album sells. Each track brings a different mood and aspects from an array of genres which would appeal to every audience.
The song Know Who You Are featuring Alicia Keys has a reggae beat and soulful lyrics that would whisk you away to an island paradise, while Marilyn Monroe compliments the nu disco generation with orchestral undertones and an upbeat tempo.
Throughout Pharrell’s career one can expect he made some friends in high places. Friends that helped to make the album what it is. Disco duo Daft Punk, who originally collaborated with Pharrell to release Get Lucky, make an appearance. Also on the set list of singers are Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus.
The album’s disco vibes and infectious upbeat tone guarantees that G I R L will be featured on many a summer playlist this year. In short, this album oozes style.
G I R L and Pharrell’s back catalogue is available on Spotify and iTunes now.