Pharrell (and his minions) encourage us to get “Happy” … And that’s not hard to do once you listen to this.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Pharrell is kind of owning the summer of 2013. By now, there’s a good chance you’ve found your body moving, maybe even against your will, quite expressively and unabashedly to the sounds of his production on Robin Thicke’s chart-topper “Blurred Lines” or even to his ever-distinctive voice on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” But, likely knowing the power of a good trifecta, he’s gifted us with yet another masterpiece to move to, and how you should feel about it is immediately addressed in its title: “Happy.”
Now, before you write the song off as just another cut from a soundtrack for an animated film for kids — which it is; it’s all of those things — remember that this is Pharrell and he’s got the Midas touch of music and if there’s anyone that can get you to appreciate a song with a carefree childlike awe just as easily as get you to experience it with your actual child, it’s Skateboard P.
Besides, boasting a funky drum line, bass lick, handclaps, some celebratory “yeah!’s” and singalongs, and P. Willy’s vocals that recall ’60s soul-pop, it’s not too far off from what Cee-Lo and Janelle Monae do on a daily basis, and we all eat that right up.
“Happy” comes off the soundtrack for the Steve Carell-led film “Despicable Me 2,” of which Pharrell wrote, composed and produced original music for, much like he did its first installment. And though it’s been nearly a month since he first shared the song with the masses, he’s now enlisted the help of the films’ cloned characters, the Minions (a.k.a. the henchmen to Carell’s super-villian), to deliver the feel-good (and yes, family-friendly and that’s okay!) tune the way it was meant to be: colorfully chaotic and cheer-inducing.
Now just see if you can stop yourself from doing what he demands! “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof / Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth / Clap along if you know what happiness is to you / Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do.”
The “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack hits stores June 18, while the movie arrives July 3.