"Happy"

The Pharrell revival is really revving up. Fresh off his "Get Lucky" star turn, the Neptunes singer-producer is at his breezy best on this standout from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, curling his Curtis Mayfield-ish falsetto around a sprightly neosoul funk groove that brims over with hand claps and bustling percussion. The result is an instant contender for 2013's Song of the Summer, with lyrics that are just right for some outdoor partying: "Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof."

From The Archives Issue 1185: June 20, 2013
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