Pharrell - G I R L
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2014 Ratings: #832 / 962
User Score
Based on 175 ratings
2014 Ratings: #505
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March 3, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
R&B, Pop / Genres
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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.

The 405

It's not too long, but not too short; it's fun without being transparent and it's got its feet firmly rooted in the sounds of the past without sounding like a weak tribute. In short, it's great.


His mastery of those things is evident here, resulting in the most booty-shaking, speaker-twinkling, glitz-intensive pop-soul record to come down the turnpike in years, out-dazzling even kindred efforts by Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Miguel.


His joyful voice and foot tapping production makes for a happy atmosphere and an enjoyable feel. He maintains his position as a top producer of the music industry and proves that his artistry is top notch.

The Line of Best Fit

There’s a disco vibe throughout, but it’s also informed by Philly soul, with continual musical acknowledgements of Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Dirty Mind era Prince, Timberlake’s Justified and the back catalogue of Chic. 


It’s an admirably concise album, driven by a sense of carefree abandon that is both versatile and eclectic.

A.V. Club

The album goes about its quest to please the widest possible audience with mechanical efficiency, packaging Pharrell’s proven disco grooves in agreeable, mostly PG-rated songwriting.


Yet Pharrell remains very good at what he does – and when that trademark falsetto kicks in, its easy to see why he’s so successful. G I R L may not be breaking many new boundaries, but it’s guaranteed to keep Williams in ludicrously large hats for some time to come.


While G  I  R  L is too surface-level at times, it hits the target it’s aimed for. Pharrell wants summertime airplay, and any of these songs could survive on the radio.

Consequence of Sound

Those who aren’t giving Williams the time of day are missing out on some of the richest, most tasteful pop of a generation. And G I R L, his first solo album since 2006’s In My Mind, is 47 more minutes to back that up.


While the immaculately blended pop smoothie that is G I R L goes down easy, its complacency is disappointing. 

No Ripcord

G I R L is so intent on pleasing that even at low points the production gleams, and the slick, bouncing beats exude feel-good bliss in a manner that will appeal to anyone not concerned with the fact that all this has been done before.


Pharrell has turned in a dud here. It’s catchy and shows faint glimmers of his true talent, but it comes off like a tossed off, half baked batch of outtakes from sessions where his more impressive music was produced. 

Drowned in Sound

Musically, this is a pleasant record, one that’ll soundtrack many a packed yet ultimately sensible party ... But any lingering hopes that Pharrell may be wishing to morally reconcile for his part in Thicke’s mess with something so tentatively titled as G I R L should be extinguished right now.

FACT Magazine

Mostly, Pharrell is content to approximate dance floor fillers from the ’70s and ’80s; at his worst, he rehashes the more soulful and innovative material he made a decade ago.

Pretty Much Amazing

Calculated to death and buffed to an immaculate sheen, all dressed up with no motivation to go anywhere: that’s G I R L. It sounds expensive as hell and even more boring. 

Tiny Mix Tapes

“Happy,” the album’s (nauseatingly successful) lead single, is a perfect example of what is lost in this replication process: boldness, personality, dynamic, cultural relevancy, etc.

*sigh* In the end of the day, I don't really think Pharrell will ever change. I could grab any of these songs from "G I R L" and switch with any from "In My Mind" and it wouldn't make a difference. The +5 in comparison is because of "Happy". Yeah, it was viral, it gets some points.
[Deletes entire album except for Happy] aaahhh great album.
G I R L continues on Pharrell Williams’ ‘70s disco aesthetic he helped revive on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” in 2013, which were characteristically distinctive and well-overplayed. But it’s not quite refreshing in 2014, where many, many fellow musicians have helped exploit the subgenre’s success—nu-disco is 2014’s EDM. Especially when the singles are as half-assed as “Come Get It ... read more
Como um álbum deste género, eu gostei, porém nenhum dos aspectos me surpreendeu. É um bom álbum, mas nada incrível, ele é um bom produtor e ele consegue provar bem a respeito isso aqui.

Senti falta de parcerias mais fortes, senti a falta de consistência e um bom conceito.
I can't take most of this serious and I'm sure as hell that that was intentional
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Track List

  1. Marilyn Monroe
  2. Brand New feat. Justin Timberlake
  3. Hunter 
  4. Gush 
  5. Happy 
  6. Come Get It feat. Miley Cyrus
  7. Gust of Wind feat. Daft Punk
  8. Lost Queen / Freq 
  9. I Know Who You Are feat. Alicia Keys
  10. It Girl
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Added on: February 19, 2014