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While writing their third album, N.E.R.D. watched a Discovery Channel show about synesthesia, a neurological disorder that causes people to experience sounds as colors or as objects in their minds. Superproducers the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) and their rapping buddy Shay Haley were inspired to create music you could envision as a live show. Does that creative concept work? Hard to say, but the results are experimental and expansive: Specked with ostentatiously weird grooves, "Spaz" and the speedy, jazzy single "Everyone Nose" are destined to go down as some of 2008's most interesting hip-hop cuts. The album also dips into Sixties soul (the sweet "Sooner or Later") and chugging, riff-driven rock ("Kill Joy"), and tosses in big New Wave choruses. But some melodies feel tossed-off (is Pharrell spending too much time writing for other artists?), and you don't learn much from Pharrell's lyrics except that he's horny. The Neptunes don't necessarily need guest MCs to make a great album of their own, but if they want their rhymes to keep up with the strength of their tunes, they need to dig a little deeper than this.


(Posted: Jun 12, 2008)


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Review 1 of 5

thecollegedropout writes:

4of 5 Stars

another great album by n.e.r.d. who are strangely consistent, weird, but they are weird. the songs are infectiously strange, even the production is a mix mash of strange sounds and instrumental lines, definitely personified by "everyone nose". it's funky weird hip hop, and if u go in not expecting amazing lyrics or rhymes, because it's not here, then u'll like it. this is not a rap outfit, it's actually a pop outfit, which a hip hop flair, but they don't try to fake it to make it like the black eyed peas, these guys seriously don't give a fuck about what u think about them, they just want to make u move your ass, and bob your head. and they do it perfectly.

Jun 13, 2008 22:59:04

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Review 2 of 5

dbtwin28 writes:

4of 5 Stars

N*E*R*D is always a lot of fun even if I'm not blown away by the tracks, but "You Know What" is worth the price of the album in my opinion.

Jun 13, 2008 13:28:51

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Review 3 of 5

ashleyrbarros writes:

5of 5 Stars

This albums amazing!I've been an N.E.R.D. lover for about 5 years, I'm really proud of them releasing this album because they just want to release whats going on inside them, they do it for them, Pharrels not writing this stuff thinking, "My fans will love if I write this", he's probably writing whats on his mind, more like,"I'm gonna write about what's going on in my life and lay it down on awesome tracks, hope they like it!!", which works for me, because I do!!It's fun, jazzy, and what do you think the beats are going to be like! Come on, it's The Neptunes. My favorite songs are actually, the ones that aren't singles. I love "Love Bomb", "Yeah You", "Sooner or Later", and "You Know What". You have to be completely open minded to experience the "Seeing Sounds" they're trying to convey, if you listen to previos albums, especially In Search Of.. You'll understand a little bit more where these guys came from, and realize this is a great transformation for these guys, My only disappointment is that I haven't seen them live yet!

Jun 12, 2008 12:02:27

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Review 4 of 5

SeanGee writes:

1of 5 Stars

This album is questionable. Between the soft pop-rock of "Happy," and the tired drum'n'bass breaks of "Spaz," this album seems dated, cheaply produced and desperate. I can imagine these guys sitting in a state-of-the-art recording studio and churning out this stuff as fast as possible when if they took some more time to do so, they might have come up with a better product. The album seems self-serving and terribly scattered. Did Pharrell just find Drum n Bass?

Jun 10, 2008 13:20:09

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Review 5 of 5

JME3000 writes:

4of 5 Stars

You give Weezys "Tha Carter III" 4.5 stars and this only 3, what is with you guys hating on Pharrell. First off only a third of Weezys album is worth the money, the rest is pure self indulged nonsense. This effort on the other hand is not only more enjoyable but also more origanl and pioneering. The album features the crazily catchy single "Everyone Nose" as well as other standout tracks. The album isn't perfect and no where near. It has the crazy cool beats we expect from The Neptunes and sure Pharrell lacks somewhat as a lyricist (but he has grown from the "In Search Of..." album which did have some cringeworthy moments). But surely this is worth more than 3 stars. I suppose like with all N*E*R*D albums, some will see this as a masterpiece others will not. For me its somewhere in the middle. But it is an enjoyable experience listening to the album unfold, and miles ahead of a lot of the current hip-hop material out there at the minute (3 quaters of Tha Carter III included). I just hope on thier next effort they do create the masterpiece we know they can produce. But for now, this is a strong album worth the buy and should definately get you seeing sounds....

Jun 9, 2008 17:21:30

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