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Single Review: Pharrell Williams – Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe is the second single from Pharrell Williams latest record Girl and takes its place at the helm of the album. The track is a homage to women and has Pharrell telling the tale of falling in love with ‘different’.

Pharrell Williams Marilyn MonroeFor such a heavy weight producer the auto-tune is surprisingly apparent, it is very Justin Timberlake-esque. It misses the addictive funk of Happy but is not misplaced on the dance floor, and let’s admit it Pharrell is no stranger to the mechanics of selling music to the masses.  In context Marilyn Monroe sets listeners up for what Girl encompasses, but there just isn’t anything extraordinary or unique to it.

A good kick sees the song through its entirety, which pits it as a toe tapper regardless of the lack of quirk. It is radio safe and lyrically catchy, there is nothing deep or revealing to the sing-a-long. The single clocks in at 3:43, shorter than the album version and does without the 30-second string intro featured on Girl. As far as singles go Marilyn Monroe is a fairly average listen but the trademark Pharrell elements will see it achieve a safe level of play-time both in the clubs and across the radio waves.