Ken Tucker reviews Pharrell's new album GIRL:
Pharrell has come in for some criticism recently as being merely a glossy pop hit maker, for lacking edge. I find that this sort of critique is really code for his declining to revel in irony, sarcasm, or a bleak view of the world. And that is, in turn, why I find Pharrell Williams, and particularly the Pharrell on display throughout GIRL, an exhilarating performer. His big hat can barely contain his radiant braininess.
photo of Pharrell via Marcus Barnes/GQ