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N.E.R.D. 11/2/2010

Review

Between the release dates of their third and fourth albums, N.E.R.D. gained and lost a female member and scrapped a large volume of in-progress work. They came up with another album’s worth of material, only to have Interscope ask for a larger portion of upbeat songs. The lead single “Hot-N-Fun,” as well as a few others, could be classified as modern frat rock -- shamelessly mindless, though they’re sonically closer to rubbery pop-funk. The album’s highlights tend not to be full songs but ideas within them -- the drunken horns and drums in “God Bless Us All,” the twinkling keyboard touches in “Perfect Defect,” the taut programming in the Daft Punk-produced “Hypnotize U,” the gorgeously saccharine and Free Design-like back half of “I've Seen the Light/Inside of Clouds.” One exception is the thoroughly transfixing “Life as a Fish,” a lyrically murky ecological rumination cast in pocket-symphony chamber soul. Once again, N.E.R.D. are at their best when they abandon all regard for the Hot 100. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Party People N.E.R.D. 3:52
  3. 2 Hypnotize U N.E.R.D. 4:16
  4. 3 Help Me N.E.R.D. 4:8
  5. 4 Victory N.E.R.D. 3:43
  6. 5 Perfect Defect N.E.R.D. 3:43
  7. 6 I've Seen the Light/Inside of Clouds N.E.R.D. 4:26
  8. 7 God Bless Us All N.E.R.D. 3:30
  9. 8 Life as a Fish N.E.R.D. 2:37
  10. 9 Nothing on You N.E.R.D. 3:18
  11. 10 Hot-N-Fun N.E.R.D. 3:23

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