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And with that, Pharell, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley, better known as N*E*R*D return with their third album. Unlike it's mostly Rocky predecessor "Fly or die", this is a mish mash of styles; Funk, Dance, and Rock, sometimes interlacing all in one song.
Similar to the opening cut is the bouncy "Everyone nose...". "Windows" sounds like "Around the world in a day" era Prince, a clap-filled pop/rock song with Pharell even throwing in some Prince-style squeals. "Anti matter" has a buzzing riff with rapped verses and drum & bass in parts, followed by the similar "Spaz".
"Yeah you" is one of my favourites, groovy R&B, as is the Chic-sounding "You know what" complete with scratchy guitars and remniscent of the song "She's not me" Pharell did on Madonna's new CD. Both will definately get a club jumping.
"Happy" is a sunny rocker which wouldn't sound out of place on "Fly or die", "kill joy" (with a rap about Little red riding hood and Prince-like harmonies) is a Funk laced upbeat song with a James Brown feel, while closing cut "Laugh about it" pairs chunky beats with driving guitars.
Slowing things down are the piano ballad "Sooner or later" with lovely harmonies (remember "Maybe" from "Fly or die"?), and "Love bomb" (piano and guitars, eerie flourishes and chunky beats in the chorus).
So there you have it, their most musically adventurous album yet. A fun album with a little something for everyone.
Seeing Sounds is, again, great stuff. While it can't be summed up in just a few lines, I can tell you it's more of typically laid-back grooves given a tough backbeat with a cocktail of sarcasm-and-decadence-lyrics on the side. Not as great as In Search Of or as hard-rocking as Fly Or Die but this is a better-than-solid third effort.
Everybody Nose: Probably the most "hateable" track. The chorus sounds like bad Miami bass rap from the early 90s mixed with drums n bass. But then P brings in a killer keyboard riff and the whole thing suddenly makes sense.
Love Bomb, Windows, Sooner or Later: Pharell and Chad embrace their inner Beatles again.
Time For Some Action: bass-heavy opener. The closest to hip-hop this cd gets.
Anti-Matter, Spaz: Savage fuzzed-out guitar anchors this drums n' bass lite track.
Yeah You: similar to Frontin'. On this and You Know What, Pharell is Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones combined!
Happy: An 80s hard/soft rock/soul track that could have been a collabo between Journey and the Eurthymics.
Kill Joy: They rip off themselves beatboxing "She Wants to Move" and copping the underlying rhythm for this track. But it was so good the first time, you won't mind hearing it again.
I loved it at first listen.
Seeing Sounds, in effect, comes off as the epitome of throwing everything and the kitchen-sink into what can only very loosely be called a rock album. Just listen to the opener "Time For Some Action": it starts off a `50s sitcom string part (which, by the way, strangely kept reminding me of the work on The Sims) and Pharrell's spoken-word tale about how he started, uh, seeing sounds before a mean drum `n bass beat comes in and Pharrell reminds us to "turn this bitch up here we go."
On "Time For Some Action," this mad-scientist amalgam of different sounds and styles works. Other songs pull it off as well, such as the magnificently poppy doo-wop of "Windows" and the club banger "Anti Matter" with its very millennial chant of "you jump around like you're ADHD!"
Pharrell thankfully keeps the rapping to a minimum on this record, and he tends to shy away from the falsetto that can easily ruin a good Neptunes track. Nevertheless, N.E.R.D. are at their best when they're making a relentlessly hypnotic jam like album highlight "Spaz," which bounces around on loose, ricocheting snares, a horror-show synth, and an irrepressibly memorable chorus.Read more ›
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Love this cd! I have the first two N.E.R.D. albums and love them as well. This cd does go a bit in the direction of more of a "pop" feel, but is still the same N.E.R.D. Read morePublished 20 days ago by RollinPolanski
I've seen very divided reviews of this album but I gotta defend it and say it is definitely one of NERD's best ones. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shelley D. Bowen
I love this album, so I had no problem, shipped at the earliest day possible. Big bonus!Published 10 months ago by Nicholas Abreu
I'm lost on words about how much I love this album. It's worth the buy. You Know What, Laugh About It, Yeah You and Sooner or Later are just a couple of my favorite songs. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Curry
I got the album for one song only. Everybody nose remix in the best. Pharrell is a hit maker bam!Published on June 11, 2014 by Courtney
I recieved a copy of the clean version....really? No where in the description does it say CLEAN VERSION....who buys a CLEAN version of N.E.R.D? After the disappointment ... Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by LPII2KII
This product did get here in a very timely fashion, however the corner of the vinyl case was damaged, which had not been disclosed in the description. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Nicolette