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A cool album, let down by tired production values
on 14 August 2006
Pharrell is an awesome talent, but he fails to give his first solo album a unique identity from his work as one half of the neptunes. All the songs are good, but sound far too familiar and have been done better previously when he was working with other artists. "Can I have it like that" is probably the most enduring song on the album and despite the fact it has been out a year, it still feels fresh. Other immediately outstanding songs lose their sheen rather quickly. "Baby" with Nelly is ok upon first listen, but frankly the productions seem so basic and Nelly's whine really adds little to this song. "Number 1" has a great chorus but there is little variation to the dominant series of bleaps to the soundtrack. "Young girl/I really like you works well as 1 track, a really good variation in sound and it blew my mind on the first listen. Jay-Z is really on top form here and is the only duet that adds anything to this album, along with Snoop Dogg who is suitably smooth on the laid back "that girl." For me, this is a fun album that it worth buying for summer, it just has a total lack of depth that has left me bored already. Check out "The neptunes present the Clones" for an example of what Pharrell does best-production.