N*e*r*d - Fly Or Die Album Review
Posted on July 8, 2005 by Jamie Slaughter
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Creative producers the neptune's a.k.a n*e*r*d, have been breaking the genre boundaries for two-and-a-half years now. Gaining their reputation by delivering beats for artists such as jay-z and snoop dogg. Pharrel, chad and shay have been touring together and working with other artists from all genre?s of music such as dizzee rascal, will.i.am (from black eyed peas) and joel and benji madden (members of good charlotte). This new "we'll-try-anything" approach comes across not only in their songs but in their music videos also, their hit ?she wants to move? features alicia from the uk garage trio mis-teeq, who dances in the video in a small silver dress. This shows n*e*r*d's diversity when it comes to making catchy beats and chart topping tunes.
The album features lenny kravitz, joel & benji madden, ahmir thompson and andrew coleman. Ironically after the special appearances made by other artists while they were on tour this album only has one 'featuring' on the whole album, made by joel & benji madden on 'jump'.
This album is addictive with each track causing you to raise your eyebrows only to be later nodding your head to the beat. The album isn't predictable, you never know what's going to come on next. The neptunes have made the album a mix of rock/hip-hop/funk/indie/r+b and soul, you cant help but be attracted to their enthusiastic attitude towards flamboyancy. On the album, 'the way she dances' provides a very jazzy, rock beat, mirroring the feel of the whole album. This is the second album from the trio, and I honestly say it is impressive. The only negative comment I could make is that it's only for music lovers with an open mind, if you are a heavily into hardcore hip-hop this isn't for you.