Pharrell Williams is on fire. After spending more than a decade in the shadows of production and supporting roles, Pharrell has well and truly stepped into the limelight to become one of this centuries most successful artists in his own right. Just check out some of his most recent triumphs…
With smash hits like Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl, Snoop Dog’s Drop It Like It’s Hot and Justin Timberlake’s My Love, we’ve always known Pharrell was a production God, but over the last couple of years he has proven that was only scratching the surface. In 2013 he wrote and produced Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, which broke records around the world selling over 14.8 million copies. Happy, the lead single from Pharrell’s own album G I R L was featured on animated blockbuster Despicable Me, hit number one in over 24 countries and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Not to mention teaming up with electopop masters Daft Punk to deliver one of the most exciting tracks of the year. But the disco funk Get Lucky was only the beginning.
The proven collaboration hits the mark again with single Gust Of Wind, and it has all the makings of a megahit. The 70’s feel is back, as is the lazy disco beat. But the laid-back vibe to the rhythm is starkly contrasted by an urgency in the strings, setting the record apart from is predecessors. It boasts one of Pharrell’s finest vocal performances and a familiar robotic Daft Punk chorus highlighted with the singers licks and runs. The content sticks with Pharrell’s positive and infectious outlook, speaking of the love he has for his lady lifting him higher all the time. You lift me up, the view up here I see all the stars / Ooh there go Venus and there go Mars / Something you been through, you’re from above hey
Gust Of Wind is fun, lighthearted and catchy. It’s proof again that everything this guy touches turns to gold and that Pharrell Williams is not nearly ready to get off this ride.