Monday, March 17, 2014

CD Review: Pharrell Williams Sings About A "GIRL" And Glee's Lea Michele Gets "Louder"

One of today's hottest music artist has got to be Pharrell Williams. It seems like everything he touches turns to gold. In the last two years, he has been a part of the #1 singles "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky." He won a Grammy Award for "Producer of the Year" and received an Oscar nomination for his highly contagious single "Happy" from the movie "Despicable Me 2." To top it all off, Pharrell just released his second full-length solo album entitled "G I R L" which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart.

The new release is Pharrell's version of respect to the female species, beginning with a tribute to the ultimate pin-up girl "Marilyn Monroe." The song is the second single released from this album and contains Pharrell's signature thumping pop bass line and jazzy beat. Singer Justin Timberlake helps out with the high vocals of "Brand New," but the album doesn't fully take off until about midway through when the irresistible chorus of "Happy" gets you out of your seat to sing and dance along to. Pharrell receives more help from friends Miley Cyrus on the dance/funk of "Come Get It Bae" and Daft Punk lend their talents to the seventies sound of "Gust Of Wind." One of the highlights of the album is the eight-minute "Lost Queen," which showcases Pharrell's songwriting talents, simplifying the lyrics to match the slow, shuffle rhythm. The album closes with Alicia Keys giving strength to the R&B flavor of "Know Who You Are" and the light airiness of "It Girl."

To find out more about the new album "G I R L," please visit

American singer/actress Lea Michele has enjoyed huge success as the female lead on Fox's TV show "Glee." Now she is venturing out into the pop world with her debut solo album "Louder." The album was released in February through Columbia Records and debut at #4 on the Billboard Album Chart.

The eleven song release starts things off quickly with the hit single "Cannonball" which has a very infectious beat and lyrics that play perfectly to mainstream radio. She keeps the tempo up with the dance floor beats of "On My Way," before displaying her vocal talents on the gentle approach of "Battlefield." At times Lea loses her place between pop newcomer and Broadway star as heard in her performance of "Thousand Needles," but finds her audience once again on the song "Louder."

To find out more about Lea Michele and her new album, please visit her Facebook page at

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