Review: N.E.R.D.

N.E.R.D. ‘Seeing Sounds’: Aidin Vaziri | The Neptunes spent the first half of the decade producing gigantic hits for Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z and Britney Spears, but Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo have consistently failed to deliver that golden touch to their own outfit, N.E.R.D. A rap and rock hybrid featuring vocalist Shay Haley, the group offers a third release that suffers from many of the problems that ultimately tanked its predecessors: too many gimmicks, too few songs and the conspicuous absence of a decent front person. The album has its sugar-rush moments in tracks such as “Everyone Nose” and “Spaz,” but even the band seems bored by the songs midway through, abruptly shifting tempos and styles before jumping onto the next idea. Meanwhile, resurrecting the self-indulgent late ’80s sound of Terence Trent D’Arby’s second album on “Happy” doesn’t do anyone favors.

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