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‘G I R L’ by Pharrell Williams album review

Pharrell brings a new side to his music in his new album, “G I R L.”  He rose to fame through popular singles in 2013. His hit album has topped the iTunes charts. Photo Courtesy: MCT Photo
Pharrell brings a new side to his music in his new album, “G I R L.” He rose to fame through popular singles in 2013. His hit album has topped the iTunes charts. Photo Courtesy of MCT Photo.

2013 was the year for Pharrell. He had been in the pop industry for more than a decade, composing beats and singing hooks for everyone from Snoop Dogg and Jay Z to Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

But in 2013, he finally got his big break to center-stage stardom with Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” These two huge hits drove Pharrell into a widespread fame.

“Pharrell has come very far in the music industry and he has a lot of talent. I had never heard of him until 2013,” said Hannah Loftspring, 9.

His popular single, “Happy,” has been a big hit among all ages. The song provokes joy and has a light, euphoric vibe.

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The 10 songs on “G I R L” are steeped in sunshine, air and the most natural, universal strains of 70s and 80s R&B.

“I think Pharrell is a great singer and his signature hat makes a statement,” said Astrid Cabello, 10.

Pharrell has a fun, upbeat theme to his songs and has risen to fame through popular hit songs released by other pop stars.

“Pharrell is an interesting singer, I really enjoy the songs “Happy” because it makes you want to dance,” said Lily Retford, 9.

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Amy Deng, Managing Editor
Hello! My name is Amy Deng and I am a senior at Sycamore High School. This is my fourth year on staff and I currently hold the position of managing editor for the print magazine, The Leaf. My job is to design the style sheet, mentor new students, and oversee the design process of the print platform. I enjoy writing articles on multiple genres, including feature, news, and sports. In particular, I work with several design programs such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop to create pages and layouts for the Leaf. I joined journalism hoping to experience hands-on news coverage and to improve my writing skills. Over the years, I have grown to enjoy and value my experiences in the classroom. Through collaborating with other staff members, I have developed and improved my communication and leadership skills; and through working as a team, we have been able to produce an award-winning, student-run news magazine. I am excited for the new year and can’t wait to see what it holds! More about myself: I have always been involved with sports ever since I was a child. I participated in synchronized swimming for seven years and am currently a part of the school varsity swim team and during the offseason I am part of a club team, BASH. In addition, I have always been passionate about my cultural roots which is why I am the vice president of the Chinese Club. My role is to lead club presentations and organize bi-weekly activities. I also volunteer at Bethesda North Hospital as an escort where I discharge patients. Additionally, my favorite hobby is listening to music. I enjoy a wide span of genres and a few of my favorite artists include: Two Door Cinema Club, Mac Demarco, Beach House, Bon Iver, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, and Stevie Wonder. Quote to live by: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” - Audrey Hepburn.
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‘G I R L’ by Pharrell Williams album review