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I let out a very hearty chuckle at that last line. It was “play the Doritos stage safely” that really did me in.
I’d like to take a moment to apologize to all girls that exist on Pharrell’s behalf. These songs kinda suck.
The lack of juxtaposition and contrast makes for a very one-note album. It’s all quite literally jangling tuxedo music for people in tuxedos. His first record was a mess (and really hasn’t aged well, at all) but at least there he seemed to showcase a sense of adventure. I don’t know, man. I just think Pharrell’s capable of way more than this tired Frank Sinatra shit. I didn’t like it when Justin Timberlake did it and I don’t like it here.
I heard Happy on an amazing system at a party a couple weeks ago and fell in love with what I once considered an “adult contemporary Christian pop song”. I’m not sure if the rest of the record will have a similar fate with me (more than likely it won’t), but I am disappointed in an album I was secretly hoping was more than 10 quick-grab songs that don’t really live up to the splendor its title.
Definitely not anymore.
It’s interesting to see Pharrell re-emerge (he never really went anywhere) at a time where pop music is dramatically trying to shift itself out of the EDM, untz-untz era. He’s never really reinvented his sound, but at the precise moment when things are changing his music and ideas sound fresh again.
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God, M.I.A. is gorgeous.
But yeah, the albums sucks.
Gangstas, bangas, we’re we’re puttin ‘em in a trance.
This write-up makes the record eons cooler than it actually is.
They were both at the Yeezus show in L.A., if you were wondering.
I’m sure Sky has to feel a great deal of accomplishment for finally getting to put out material she can stand behind as a viable artist after years of behind the scenes hand-wringing. The record is well worth the five year wait.
Yes, Paul. Yes…
That’s not fair. Sky’s name is credited as a co-writer on every song that those guys are. She’s been fighting all of this time to not be looked at as the face of other people’s music, but as an actual artist with a vision and a say in what’s going on. She hates when Dev performs “Everything Is Embarrassing” without her, and it’s these precise reasons why that song isn’t on her album. Try not to be fooled by her beginnings as a “label manufactured pop tart”.
Give her some credit. She’s no Fiona Apple, but she’s not fucking Milli Vinilli either (shoutout to Milli Vinilli).
The version of that Robin Thicke video where the models are wearing clothes is somehow way more interesting and fun.
Naw. But feel free to do so yourself.
Bethany’s voice pretty much straps this entire record on its back and gallivants out into the California sunset.