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What I’m listening to this week: N.E.R.D.

April 17, 2009
Seeing Sounds – 2008

At last year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, N.E.R.D. put on an unforgettable, high energy show playing songs off the then just-released Seeing Sounds – actually quite a difficult task when you’re performing at the hottest time of the day, facing right into the sun, for a massive crowd of already dehydrated, slow-moving festival goers. I’ve seen many incredible artists fail to enliven the crowd at festivals – N.E.R.D. wasn’t about to let that happen. They exploded with energy and practically demanded it from the crowd: the indisputable highlight of the show was Pharrell and associates inviting girls from the audience to dance with the band onstage during “Everyone Nose”.

I just recently acquired Seeing Sounds and listened to it for the first time this week. Right off the bat, my husband and I both commented on the fact that we actually remembered those songs from the festival, despite our inebriation level at the time and the fact that it’s been nearly a year already (this year’s festival is right around the corner!). Of course, it’s no accident that any album N.E.R.D. puts out is impeccably produced and memorable. The first half of Seeing Sounds is a randy joyride with “Windows” providing some Prince-esque funk, “Spaz” as a pure dance floor jam, and “Sooner or Later” slowing things down with a traditional R&B groove that ascends into a rock-led chorus. The last half of the record drags a bit, but the record is long, and there are more than enough fun elements up front to keep you entertained. “All the girls standing in the line for the bathroom!!” has never been so chant-able!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sean permalink
    April 17, 2009 9:30 pm

    It’s a randy joyride without the skeet so prevalent in the randy joyrides of other bands. That’s good to hear, these days. You know … for the kids.

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