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Learn more about Fly Or Die (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 60628836
UPC: 724359145709
UPC 14: 00724359145709
Release Date: 3/23/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Don't Worry About It ~ N.E.R.D.
2. Fly Or Die ~ N.E.R.D.
3. Jump - (featuring Joel Madden/Benji Madden) ~ N.E.R.D.
4. Backseat Love ~ N.E.R.D.
5. She Wants To Move ~ N.E.R.D.
6. Breakout ~ N.E.R.D.
7. Wonderful Place ~ N.E.R.D.
8. Drill Sargeant ~ N.E.R.D.
9. Thrasher ~ N.E.R.D.
10. Maybe ~ N.E.R.D.
11. Way She Dances, The ~ N.E.R.D.
12. Chariot Of Fire ~ N.E.R.D.
 
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes are the most revolutionary production tandem in modern music since Quincy Jones and Rod Tempterton put down shuffle-beats and doo-wops behind a young singer named Michael Jackson. With their digital musical palette and vivid imaginations, they've taken their hip-hop foundation and un-tethered the bounds of pop, bestowing unsuspecting hit records in almost machine-gun-like succession Ð whether in rap (Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, et al), R&B (Usher, Babyface), pop (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake) or rock (No Doubt).

But N.E.R.D is not the Neptunes. N.E.R.D is the offspring of the Neptunes id, a fly-or-die, thrash-around, do-as-you-will, set-your-soul-on-fire alter-ego that subscribes to no rules, adheres to no agenda. It is Pharrell, Chad and Shay Ð a trio whose chemistry allows the uninhibited exploration of the sounds, emotions and impulses of self and society, of identity and belonging. Of life.

N.E.R.D.'s album is a set of clever, complex, studio-crafted pop complete with smooth-jazz licks like, "Wonderful Place," and "Drill Sergeant."

"...they hit all of their marks, rubbing guitar licks against '70s funk and sexy R&B that's bound to get any club flying high.  E! Online
"...an absolutely fantastic guitar pop record.  New Musical Express

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Muze PNote Joel & Benji Madden are both members of the group Good Charlotte.
Muze PNote N.E.R.D.: Pharrell, Chad, Shay.
Muze PNote Additional personnel includes: Joel Madden, Benji Madden (vocals); Lenny Kravitz, Andrew Coleman (guitar); Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Hovercraft Recording Studios, Virginia Beach, Virginia and The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California.
Muze PNote While often boundary-expanding, the ubiquitous beats of the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) are supremely radio-friendly. However, when Williams and Hugo are two-thirds of N.E.R.D. (alongside Shay), the genie is out of the bottle, and previously unimagined, genre-busting concoctions are unfurled. The second N.E.R.D. album is the product of gloriously schizophrenic genius, with acutely honed pop sensibilities. Leadoff single "She Wants to Move" features the most traditional Neptunes beat surrounded by a hyperactive rhythm section and never lets up. From there, the music wanders down a million paths, from Love-styled hippie balladry to Temptations/Sly funk-rock immediacy to dizzying Fishbone funk-punk.
Muze PNote N.E.R.D. also displays wry, observational lyricism. On "Wonderful Place," they forge a hallucinogenic landscape where "cartoons are turning into real life," weaving three or four stories into a parable about the troubled world. The more direct "Drill Sergeant" mixes in references to Orson Welles and Barnes & Noble into the chorus chant "I'm not going to war." Building upon the frenzied funk/rock/soul/punk/psychedelia of N.E.R.D.'s debut, FLY OR DIE should solidify the group as one of the most refreshing, intelligent, rising voices in pop music.

Producer: The Neptunes

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Joel & Benji Madden
Muze Guest Artist Lenny Kravitz
Muze Guest Artist Ahmir Thompson
Muze Guest Artist Joel Madden

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Blue Crush
Muze Music Compilations xXx
Muze Music Compilations Biker Boyz
Muze Music Compilations ESPN Presents Stadium Anthems
Muze Music Compilations Fast And The Furious-Tokyo Drift
Muze Music Compilations Biker Boyz

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/23/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 91457
Music Label Name Label : Virgin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724359145709

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.147)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "It's fascinating to hear these rap geniuses go undercover as a bar band you might hear rocking Journey covers in a bowling alley."

Entertainment Weekly (4/2/04, p.62)
- "FLY OR DIE is craftier and more multilayered than its predecessor....[A] set of clever, complex, studio-crafted pop--complete with musicianly, smooth-jazz licks--that doesn't owe allegiance to any one genre." - Rating: A-

Uncut (p.91)
- 5 stars out of 5 - "N*E*R*D can replicate machine hypersyncopation at the drop of a hi-hat. Prog-pop album of year."

Uncut (p.74)
- Ranked #18 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[A]n object lesson in eclectic art-rock....[T]his prog-pop classic reveal further depths of detail with every repeated play."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.106)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "This is an enthusiastic hymn to the terminally uncool, an un-ironic celebration of nerd-culture....They make a party you want to be invited to."

PopMatters 6 of 10
These slightly warped combinations -- resentment and frustration, yearning and insight, and fascinat

Rolling Stone 6 of 10
When the Neptunes made their first N.E.R.D. record, In Search Of..., they got help from a liv

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   N.e.r.d.
Product attributeLabel:   Virgin Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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