N.E.R.D.

Hip hop/funk trio N.E.R.D. has for a while now been a bright light in that musical area. Their fourth album is another example of the fact that they are continuing down the path that they have forged. One third of the trio, Pharrell, has proven time and time again that he knows how to write a catchy beat or hook. Besides the requisite dance tracks there are some interesting almost experimental moments on the album. And I'm here to say that they all work. Surprisingly what works best is when the club beats are turned down a notch and messages are allowed to come through. Lasting only 36 minutes it is fast and sweaty, but all worth a listen.

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