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SoundTable Discussion: SoulBounce Checks Out Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’

D-Money: After his triumphant year, I was really looking for Pharrell’s G I R L to be a knockout. Instead… *does the universal hand signal for “just aiight”*

Butta: Precisely. Pharrell straight owned other people’s tracks and 2013. I just knew that this album was going to sound better than “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” combined, but when “Happy” is the best song and we’ve been rocking to it since last summer...well, let’s just say that it’s a little disappointing. Don’t get it twisted, there are good songs on here, but nothing to elicit the reactions I had after hearing the three songs I just mentioned for the first time or with their same energy.

D-Money: Yeah, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t have some joints. But for every “Brand New” and “FREQ” there’s a “Hunter” and “Lost Queen.” When he first announced this album, I thought “So soon?” And I was right. He should’ve let this one cook just a bit longer.

Butta: G I R L needs about two-to-three more songs that are bangers to take it from a good album to a great one. Expect a deluxe edition by the end of summer.

D-Money: But aren’t deluxe editions usually filled with the outtakes? If this was the best of the crop, I kinda don’t wanna hear the rest.

Butta: Welp, there is that. I dunno, I just want...MORE. I liken this album to having good sex but no orgasm.

D-Money: Or maybe that one off night that we all have. Everything had the potential to be great but you somehow end up turning over after and wondering what the hell just happened.

Butta: Oh my God, YES! And I am the only one surprised to see Timberlake and JoJo on here but no Robin Thicke or Leah LaBelle?

D-Money: Not at all. While I’m not mad at what JT or JoJo did, why not go to his own protégées who could’ve done pretty much the same thing vocally?

Butta: Exactly. I’d be feeling some type of way!

D-Money: So this G I R L is definitely not bad chick material, but, on a 1-10 scale, where would you rank her? I’d give her a solid 6.

Butta: I’ll give this G I R L a 7. She’s cute and fun, but I don’t know if you’d take her home to mother.

D-Money: Yep! She’s one-night stand material. Wham, bam and thank you ma’am.

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