Pharrell had an all-universe conquering 2013 with the massive success of "Get Lucky" and Random Access Memories, the scoring of Despicable Me 2 and the subsequent tidal wave hit that is "Happy," Grammy wins, Oscar noms, Billboard #1s, so on and so forth. It has all been pretty magnificent to witness. Being the genius that he is, Pharrell picked this exact moment to capitalize off of his peaking success and he decided to release the follow up to his 2006 solo debut, In My Mind, almost spontaneously. G I R L is the out-of-thin-air gift we all wanted but didn't deserve, but we will accept in nonetheless. From start to finish the project is pretty much audible bliss, but one of the early standouts is the uptempo, Miley Cyrus aided "Come Get It Bae," and if you aren't carefully it might just completely possess you.
"Come Get It Bae" is super fun. It's impossible not to dance to. Pharrell's falsetto glides effortlessly over "Hey!" shouts and hand claps and groovy bass lines and infectious guitar riffs. "None of them boys know the first thing about your fantasy / And if they tried, they can not do it just like me," he sings in a semi-chant, and the bounciness of his words compel you to believe him; they're so buoyant they seem to float on air. Miley's star power shines through in a mood-shifting bridge, and her presence adds an entirely new dimension to the song. No matter how you feel about her antics, it's hard to disregard her talent, and Pharrell perhaps brings the best out of her. It's easy going, feel-good, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Best of all, it's great.
Stream Pharrell's "Come Get It Bae" below, and get his new album, G I R L, March 3rd. Preorder it now on iTunes.
"Come Get It Bae" (Feat. Miley Cyrus)
- Columbia Records
- February 27, 2014