Girl may have benefited from a few more introspective trips back to the drawing board." Robert Copsey of Digital Spy categorized the album's overall sound as "uplifting R&B-funk" and gave the album four out of five stars, saying "The Motown-funk sound that dominates most of Girl was always going to be a given after the success of "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines", but what is surprising is its lyrical content, which is celebratory of women's power and sexuality, unlike his Robin Thicke collaboration." With first-week sales of over 70,000 copies, it was the fastest-selling album of 2014 in the UK at the time of its release, overtaking Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes by 45% and being certified Silver.
When Gwen Stefani's forced to choose, she picks Pharrell over her husband. part two (see "Gwen Stefani Plans Another Solo Album By Year's End").
"I have so much traffic in my head," she said, "and I need to see if they're good enough yet.
I'm so proud of them, because it's so exactly like growing up in Orange County and how I got to this point.
And reading them, someone had posted that I had copied what my mom said on 'Oprah.' My mom got asked something and she said, 'My daughter Gwen is just an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world.' And I went, 'She's right!
Interviewed by Zane Lowe backstage at the 2014 Brit Awards, Williams specified that the capitalization and double-spacing of the album title is deliberately designed, "Because when you look at it, it looks a little weird...
Because society is a little unbalanced." He added that he wished to honor the female figures in his life by making the record.
' " The two ended up creating six or seven new tracks together, including "Orange County Girl," "Breaking Up," "Candyland" and "Wind It Up." And the timing ended up being perfect after all, since Stefani was then able to showcase the new tunes in both her fashion show (see "Gwen Previews New Songs, Clothing Line For Diddy, Kravitz, Others") and on the road (see "Gwen Stefani Brings Solo Show To Hollywood 'Hometown' Crowd").
"It's incredible work that she did," Pharrell said.
Follow-up singles "Marilyn Monroe", "Come Get It Bae" and "Gust of Wind" have achieved moderate success.
At the 57th Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Urban Contemporary Album.
The song has been commercially successful, peaking at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, topping charts in 19 other countries, and reaching top 10 positions in several more.
It received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards, and Williams performed the song live at the ceremony on March 2, 2014.
Barry Walters of Spin gave the album an eight out of ten, saying "As suggested by its title, Pharrell's second solo album follows last year's monster smashes for Daft Punk and Robin Thicke with a full-length both unabashedly feminine and neatly spaced-out." Reed Jackson of XXL gave the album an XL rating, saying "Girl not only represents a proper representation of his creativity, but, with high-profile guest spots (Timberlake, Cyrus, Daft Punk) and a number of radio-ready singles, it should also be a success on the charts and further his reputation as a pop icon.