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2008 release release from the Hip Hopsters. Seeing Sounds, their third album, is a blistering mash-up of booming Hip Hop beats and rollercoastering Rock riffs, rumbling Crunk rhythms and scintillating Soul music. Whereas their first album, In Search Of... was an imaginative, exploration of identities, and their second album, Fly Or Die, sought out the range of genres and sounds that have influenced the group, Seeing Sounds grinds everything together, evoking a sound that is un-tethered by preconceptions and convention. It is also an album that amplifies the style and attitudes that have made Pharrell, Chad and Shae transcendent cultural icons.
The title of N.E.R.D's third album, Seeing Sounds, was inspired by a TV show the ban watched about synaesthesia--the neurological disorder that causes people to experience sounds as colours or objects in their minds. The concept inspired the trio (Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, a.k.a. The Neptunes, and their rapping pal Shay Haley) to create a record as if it were a live show, as if the listener were really able to see the band playing. As ideas go, it's a dubious one, but it does give the band the opportunity to dive back into their musical ocean and splash noisily around, leaving listeners soaked and astounded. With the usual disregard for genre, Seeing Sounds opens with bass-heavy low-rider "Time For Some Action", before heading off on an intense roller-coaster ride that takes in the choppy, digi-drum & bass of "Spaz" and the infectious booty-bass of single "Everyone Nose" (a look at Hollywood's cocaine obsession) via a veritable kaleidoscope of colourful sound. "Sooner or Later" is all smooth Motown soul, "Kill Joy" is riff-heavy rock and "Anti Matter" has an Atari crunk feel. This breathless diversity is, of course, what N.E.R.D. are best at, and the good news is that Seeing Sounds can be considered a return to form after the nadir of Fly Or Die; though Whether it stands up to their debut or whether their new experiments ever get beyond the superficial, is another matter entirely. -- Paul Sullivan
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The basis is a looped (minimalistic, John Cage influenced) track very common in hip-hop, rap, techno, dance & other pop music styles. There are original lyrics, although the tendency is to repeat phrases over & over (also part of the minimalistic influence?).
The first track is probably the most original of the entire recording. You can see that the artists made a real effort to leave the listener with an unanswered question in their mind, and that's what good music does... asks questions... sometimes resolving/answering, and sometimes not.
The second portion of the album gives almost some old-time Marvin Gaye or Isley Brother influenced vocals, with gentle crooning, nice harmonies, and easy, driving beats. But there is definitely a modern jive to the thing with more of the electronic mastering throughout the album.
I read the sentiment that listeners would prefer that the two styles were combined, but I am unsure how that would be done without creating an unpleasant chaos. I actually like the different styles. It helps to keep my attention on the music.
Good job. Don't know that I'd buy from these guys again, but it was worth the $3.99.
There are obvious influences of The Beatles and Beastie Boys on the CD. It's experiemntal on a few tracks, but not revolutionary. Also, I don't see it as a synesthesia record, though I know they were supposedly influenced by LSD research - there's not enough blending of the synthesizers to make it such. But there are beautiful guitar riffs (check out SOONER OR LATER and HAPPY), and Pharrell is relaxed and having pure fun with his voice. He's also lovely in a sincere vulnerable way that I've never heard.
Like a good novelist, the best lyrics use simple words that pack a punch. From HAPPY:
Smiles would die too soon,
My days were filled with frowns,
My job was calling,
My life was falling,
My friends said I looked like I was dead.
Did I look stupid?
There are a lot of good surprises on the CD and I highly recommend it to any music lover. It's not R&B or rap or hip-hop or rock. It's an amalgamation of many types of music and a smart CD.
Standout tracks: Track 7 and 11