Like most of the human population, we in the Muruch household love Pharrell’s cheery smash “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The irrepressibly upbeat, Oscar-nominated tune is also featured on former Neptunes and N.E.R.D. singer-producer Pharrell’s new sophomore solo album, GIRL.
From the Jackson meets Timberlake vibe of the opener “Marilyn Monroe” through the duet with Justin Timberlake himself “Brand New,” the album is brimming with the smooth falsetto and peppy electro-soul charm we’ve come to expect from any Pharrell song.
“Happy” is by far the standout track, but “Hunter” is another catchy favorite.
The album isn’t without its flaws. The Daft Punk guest spot “Gust of Wind” is surprisingly forgettable and songs like “Little Queen” and the Reggae Lite duet with Alicia Keys, “Know Who You Are,” sound more like album filler than actual songs. But overall GIRL is an extremely enjoyable listen.
I was impressed to learn that Alexander Ebert, frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is responsible for the gorgeous score for All is Lost. J.C. Chandor directs Robert Redford in the lost-at-sea drama, due out on DVD on February 11th.
Though I fear he may soon suffer from Pitbull-like guest vocal overexposure, I love Miguel’s voice. His new song “Simple Things” is featured on the Girls Vol 2 soundtrack, which will be released tomorrow.
One of my favorite things about the new Sandra Bullock space movie Gravity was its music. I was surprised to see an unfamiliar name credited. The man responsible is Steven Price, who has worked on “additional music” for several film composers and was responsible for scoring The Worlds End. You can hear a preview for his work on Gravity below.
If you are among the millions who have seen the Man of Steel trailer, you may have been impressed by the music used in it. The first song featured is “Elegy” by Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance) and Patrick Cassidy. Both have collaborated with Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer in the past – Cassidy’s beautiful composition “Vide Cor Meum” appears in the movie Hannibal, and Gerrard worked on the Gladiator soundtrack.
The second selection on the Man of Steel trailer is “Storm” from Elizabeth: The Golden Age by Craig Armstrong and A.R. Rahman. Armstrong worked with Massive Attack and has scored most of Baz Luhrmann’s movies, including The Great Gatsby (information that’s hard to find behind all the Jay-Z publicity, though a WB press release describes Jay-Z’s “contributions” to Armstrong’s score). You can read an impressive, though not-up-to-date, list of Craig Armstrong’s music in movie trailers here.
And in case you missed it, we here at Murch broke the news that Allison Crowe will appear in the Man of Steel movie.