Review Roundup: Pharrell Williams – ‘G I R L’


For over 15 years, Pharrell Williams has shaped the sound of pop music on his own and as one half of The Neptunes, crafting hits for everyone from Britney Spears to Pusha T. Now the 40-year-old creative genius, who was named Producer of the Year at the Grammys, reignites his solo career with G I R L, his first album since 2006′s In My Mind.

An homage to women everywhere, the 10 breezy tracks include collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, JoJo, and Daft Punk.

The Oscar nominee has already topped the charts with his sunny single “Happy,” but was he able to put a smile on the face of his critics?

The reviews are in.

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Review Roundup: Beyoncé – ‘BEYONCÉ’


Beyoncé’s fifth self-titled album arrived without warning and is already reaping the rewards. The surprise release, which secretly hit iTunes on Friday, rocketed to No. 1 in 100 countries and generated 1.2 million tweets in its first 12 hours.

On the visual LP, Bey crafts 14 songs and 17 videos with some help from Jay Z, Drake, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Miguel, Frank Ocean, Blue Ivy, and more.

But the fans weren’t the only ones raving. The critics have also applauded her unprecedented move. The New York Times called the album “superb,” while Entertainment Weekly awarded it an A-.

Read some of the glowing reviews below.

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Review Roundup: Eminem – ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’

The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Thirteen years ago, Eminem changed the face of hip-hop and stirred lots of controversy with his 10-million-selling album The Marshall Mathers LP. Now 41 years old, the hip-hop icon revisits the past on his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

On the nostalgic sequel, he encounters Stan’s brother (“Bad Guy”), apologizes to his mother (“Headlights”), and goes bar for bar with Kendrick Lamar (“Love Game”), while enlisting the help of Rick Rubin, Rihanna, Skylar Grey, and fun.’s Nate Ruess.

Was the sharp-tongued MC able to recapture his glory days? Find out what the critics are saying.

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Review Roundup: Miley Cyrus – ‘Bangerz’


Miley Cyrus has shocked and enraged with her live performances and music videos. Now the 20-year-old pop star faces her critics once again with Bangerz, her fourth and most provocative album yet.

The former Hannah Montana trades her electro-pop jams for an edgier hip-hop-inspired sound courtesy of hitmakers including Mike WiLL Made-It, Dr. Luke, Pharrell, and, with appearances from Big Sean, French Montana, Nelly, Future, and Britney Spears.

Was Miley album to impress with her coming-of-age album? Find out what the critics are saying.

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Review Roundup: Kelly Rowland – ‘Talk a Good Game’

Talk a Good Game

Kelly Rowland gets real about sex, relationships, and Beyoncé on her most vulnerable album yet, Talk a Good Game. On the follow-up to 2011′s Here I Am, the Destiny’s Child diva calls on Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, The-Dream, and her fellow DC members, with production from Pharrell, Rico Love, Mike WiLL Made It, and more.

She works hard for the money on the gritty “Street Life,” reunites with Beyoncé and Michelle on the break-up song “You Changed,” and airs out her confessions on The-Dream-penned “Dirty Laundry.”

Did the critics reward her for her openness? Find out below.

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Review Roundup: J. Cole – ‘Born Sinner’

Born Sinner

Kanye West may be earning rave reviews for Yeezus, but don’t count out J. Cole. Jay-Z’s protégé is back for another round with his sophomore album Born Sinner. Cole enlists TLC, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Jhené Aiko on the follow-up to his 2011 debut, while handling the bulk of production himself.

Did he win over the critics with his beats and rhymes? The reviews are in.

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Review Roundup: Lil Wayne – ‘I Am Not a Human Being II’

I Am Not a Human Being II

Lil Wayne’s focus may have shifted away from music since he picked up a skateboard, but he still keeps pumping out albums. The Young Money chief, who once proclaimed himself the “best rapper alive,” delivers his 10th album I Am Not a Human Being II to stores today.

Weezy surrounds himself with everyone from Drake and 2 Chainz to Nicki Minaj and Trina on the follow-up to 2010’s I Am Not a Human Being, which features the singles “No Worries” and “Love Me.”

Was he able to deliver a winning sequel? The critics weigh in.

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