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by N.E.R.D.
 

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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

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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. [A clean version of the album was released as well.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2010
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602527552163
catalogNumber:
001504902

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Performance Credits

N.E.R.D.   Primary Artist
Jason Carder   Trumpet
Thomas Bangalter   Musician
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo   Musician
Chad Hugo   Saxophone
Andrew Coleman   Acoustic Guitar
Rhea Dummett   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Iovine   Composer,Executive Producer
P. Williams   Composer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Thomas Bangalter   Arranger,Composer
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo   Arranger,Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Executive Producer
Neptunes   Producer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Adam Larson   Art Direction
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
Yaneley Arty   Management
Daniel Lerner   Engineer
Demacio "Demo" Castellon   Engineer
Mike Larson   Arranger,Engineer
Darft Punk   Producer

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