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Five great 2013 albums Pharrell Williams does not appear on
13 December 2013 02:53 PM
So Pharrell has 2013 firmly in his back-pocket. He's up for 7 Grammys in total - one for 'Producer of the Year', two for 'Album of the Year' (on Kendrick Lamar's 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D city' and Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories') and a further two for 'Record of the Year' - the ubiquitous 'Get Lucky' and controversial dance-floor filler 'Blurred Lines'.
All well and good, and we heartily congratulate Mr Williams on the bumper crop of nominations. He deserves at least six of them. But the Pharrell-ification of this year's sound goes on -
The former N.E.R.D frontman also produced parts of the album BEYONCÉ, released without warning by Mrs Knowles-Carter earlier today.
Almost certain to top the charts, if Pharrell has any tendency towards megalomania, he's sure to come a cropper now - back in June, with 'Blurred Lines' and 'Get Lucky' holding up the Billboard Hot 100, the 40-year-old became only the 12th artist ever to simultaneously hold the number 1 and 2 positions.
But what to do if - musically, personally, spiritually - you don't see eye-to-eye with Pharrell? Well, here are five great album - selected out of several hats, none of which are owned by Pharrell -you can bring in the year with:
1. Blood Orange - It is What it is (Cupid Deluxe)
It's catchy, and no sight of any former Neptunes whatsoever.
2. Haim - Falling (Days Gone By)
A number one album. No Pharrell.
3. Drake – Tuscan Leather (Nothing was the Same)
Not only does Pharrell not appear on this album, Drake didn't tour with him either.
4. The Range - Metal Swing (Non-Fiction)
A debut from producer James Hinton, who hasn’t knowingly collaborated with the kingmaker.
5. DARKSIDE - The Only Shrine I've Seen (Psychic)
The depressingly-young Nicolas Jaar (23) making another hit, without Pharrell
Please suggest your own Pharrell-free hits below the line...