Seeing Sounds - N.E.R.D. [The Neptunes]
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the trio of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. In their hyperkinetic hands, even integrating an acoustic standup bass with electronic beats seems perfectly natural. [20 June 2008, p.66]
  2. Production superstars The Neptunes get back to penning their own tunes – with highly impressive results.
  3. Thematically starved, Seeing Sounds is nonetheless a sonic feast.
  4. They undoubtedly still see sounds others only dream of, but sometimes that vision is a little clouded.
  5. 60
    Williams' rapping is thankfully peripheral and the music is a fantastic, distracting mess. [Aug 2008, p.90]
  6. 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.
  7. Keep trying N.E.R.D., you’re not even close to blowing us away here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. DannyL
    Jun 14, 2008
    The most inventive and ambitious album a minded hip hop/alternative rock group could do, period!
  2. AdamS
    Jun 14, 2008
    An excellent album. Well worth purchasing. N.E.R.D. have evolved into something qute different and after Pharrels not so excellent solo venture I am glad this album is what it is. Pick it up and turn it up! Expand
  3. JeffG
    Jun 14, 2008
    The first five tracks are club fodder with an added bit of individuality. They beat mainstream hip-hop, but not by much. The second half of the album is great. These tracks, especially "Yeah You," "Love Bomb," and my favorite, "Sooner or Later," feature great harmonic progressions. Anyone looking to find great lyrics from NERD would be more successful getting a glass of water from a stick. It's a weird, drugged-out side project in nature, and no one should expect literary profundity here. I like NERD for their songwriting abilities and their attitude toward crashing our concepts of genre into one another constantly. If you're not into this sort of thing, you won't be into NERD. Expand
  4. RobertF
    Jun 14, 2008
    This album is not as bad as the rating states, in fact windows and anti matter are crazy. This album is like the drunken master of rock.
  5. Oct 17, 2010
    I like most things produced by The Neptunes, and this is no exception. I can listen to each song on it's own and enjoy it. This is one of the albums that will get a larger group of people interested in N.E.R.D., but doesn't necessarily disappoint with the sound they put out. Expand
  6. AlD
    Jun 14, 2008
    I am somewhat disappointed after listening to this album a few times. There are some excellent tracks (Spaz, Anti Matter, Everybody Nose) but then there is some nonsense that wouldn't be acceptable from cutting-edge artists. NERD will quickly retreat to the excuse "we made this music for ourselves and our fans" but that is no excuse for some of the filler in this album. Fly or Die was so perfect that this album seems like they needed a reason to get the band back together again. Expand
  7. ChrisW
    Jun 14, 2008
    Although I can appreciate what they are trying to do on this record, it just comes across as annoying. It's frustrating because I believe they are way more talented than what they're showing here. The lyrics seem to be just through together without any real thought to them and the music and beats are too experimental. A big fat 2 of this one. Expand

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