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Hidden Figures: The Album

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12/9/2016

Review

Based on Margot Lee Shetterly's book of the same title, the 2016 film Hidden Figures features a soundtrack written and produced by Pharrell Williams, who has been one of pop music's most prominent artists since his late-'90s rise as half of studio duo the Neptunes. Given the inspirations of Hidden Figures -- the previously unsung African-American mathematicians, all women, who were factors in major NASA achievements -- Williams rightly cedes most of the vocals to an all-female all-star cast. Lalah Hathaway, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Kim Burrell, and film co-star Janelle Monáe handle lead or duet vocals on six of the ten songs. Though there are contemporary production touches, everything is based in '60s pop-soul -- an unflaggingly upbeat and positive sound with bobbing horn charts, finger snaps, and gospel-style refrains galore. Hathaway, whose turn is on "Surrender," shines brightest. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Runnin' Pharrell Williams 3:33
  3. 2 Crave Pharrell Williams 2:51
  4. 3 Surrender Lalah Hathaway 3:34
  5. 4 Mirage Mary J. Blige 3:13
  6. 5 Able Pharrell Williams 2:58
  7. 6 Apple Pharrell Williams 3:44
  8. 7 Isn't This the World Janelle Monáe 4:7
  9. 8 Crystal Clear Pharrell Williams 2:44
  10. 9 Jalapeño Pharrell Williams 2:47
  11. 10 I See a Victory 3:7

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