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."|
"...an absolutely fantastic guitar pop record. New Musical Express
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.|
|Joel & Benji Madden are both members of the group Good Charlotte.|
|N.E.R.D.: Pharrell, Chad, Shay.|
|Additional personnel includes: Joel Madden, Benji Madden (vocals); Lenny Kravitz, Andrew Coleman (guitar); Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums).|
|Recorded at Hovercraft Recording Studios, Virginia Beach, Virginia and The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California.|
|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.|
|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
|Joel & Benji Madden|
|Fast And The Furious-Tokyo Drift|
|Release Date : 03/23/2004|
|Original Release Date : 2004|
|Catalog ID : 91457|
|Label : Virgin|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00724359145709|
- 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."
- "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-
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
Customer Reviews of Fly Or Die (Explicit Version)
I recommend this cd to anyone who is with doubt and anyone who is ready for a change of pace!! This album is hot and a must buy. I went out and bought it the second I got a lil taste of it....go N-E-R-D!!
Keep up the good work!!!4/4/2004
I am always skeptical when a favorite artist of mine puts out a cd. Although I realize that as a fan I should only expect greatness, I am always worried that it will not satisfy my expectations. Fly or Die definitely was up to par. The first song on the CD, “Don’t Worry About It” begins with that heart grabbing guitar twang that caught everyone on “Lapdance,” the first song from their first CD. Pharrell’s well – known falsetto is at prime in this funky song which MUST be played at full volume! The second song on the CD shows N.E.R.D’s rockier side with a sort of fast paced rock guitar feel to it. The CD has such variety and has no way of being placed into a specific category of music. People always try to throw N.E.R.D in to the hip hop category but with songs such as “Wonderful Place” and “Jump” (which features Benji and Joel from Good Charlotte) there is no way to type cast this band. Pharrell William’s is not a man of pure vocal talent. He sings in such a way that goes with the song…these songs would not sound nearly as good with any other type of singing. His voice goes perfectly with every song even though it is sometimes cracky…it’s perfect. I LOVE IT!!! The majority of this CD makes me jump out of my seat and dance for 55 minutes of fun…good work guys, keep it up!
A great album!4/4/2004
Fly Or Die is soooooo GOOD!!!In Search of...(their first album)was awsome!But I knew that Fly Or Die would be just as good!!If your unsure about it!!I promise you, you'll be happy with the results!!
I love this cd i hear it about 100 times a day every day
This album is by far the greatest album i have heard in years! the tunes are great! i cant stop listening to it! if i think every one should own a copy!
Usually, the infamous producing team The Neptunes had a certain sound that fit all the artists they produced for. However, when it came to producing "themselves" as N.E.R.D., putting them in a genre is harder than it seems. From "In Search Of..." to "Fly Or Die", N.E.R.D. has grown as a group as well as individuals. Every track on "Fly Or Die" takes you on a trip about life. And when matched with the enhanced CD portion, the playlist pictures just make the experience that much better. But dont think that N.E.R.D. would just leave you with 12 tracks to love. There is more to "Fly Or Die" than meets the eye. Hidden tracks are loaded on this album, some of which I wish were tracks on their own. My personal favorite would be "Wonderful Place" and the hidden track that follows it. If you want listen to something different than "mainstream" music that is promoted today and listen to something quite unique, "Fly Or Die" is for you.
Buy Fly or Die... you know you want to4/3/2004
There was no doubt that this album would be extraordinary with 2 of the most talented and respected produces at the moment,Pharrell and Chad, and also with input from fellow band mate Shay. The neptunes are great! N*E*R*D are great! The album is great! Pharrell williams is just a super sexy bonus! The guitar based songs will get your feet tapping and you'll be singing along in no time. The album is better than the last and filled with brilliant songs which you can't help but love. I insist that you go out and purchase this album now!
Fly or Die flys4/3/2004
Fly or Die is a master piece produced by N*E*R*D. This album has a range of genres, mainly rock and rap, although these are two completely different genres they work well together. The songs have great bass lines and funky guitar riffs. This is a great album, a must have for anyone who has or hasn't heard of N*E*R*D
FLY OR DIE FLIES4/3/2004
My boys did it again. Fly or Die delivers the same spin as "In Search" of, but with new fun and hot tracks. Chad, Pharrell and Shay do not stray from their style just to sell more records, which many artists do. This is why I and many others fell in love with N.E.R.D. in the first place. N.E.R.D. rises to the occasion again with their funky, upbeat and unique style of music, appealing to all of us who want more. Trakkies (N.E.R.D. fans) hold on to your seatbelts once again. Fly or Die debuted at #6 on Billboard 200, and I'm not surprised, cause I can't leave home without listening to thrasher, she wants to move, and don't worry about it. I love Fly or Die and can't wait to see them at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. You must buy Fly or die (especially if you're tried of hearing the same old kind of music currently being played over and over again on the radio). N.E.R.D.'s Fly or Die is truly refreashing.
N.E.R.D. FLY'S HIGH4/2/2004
Once, twice, however many times - N.E.R.D. HIT'S THE SPOT! "In Search Of..." and now "Fly or Die" - I can't even pick a favorite. This cd is super hot and spicy with funk for your soul. You're sure to burn up your cd player with this one! Wanna Fly Away Pharrell? One Love - N.E.R.D. Shauntell HEMUSETSUGARGIRL@AOL.COM
this is a must have album....4/2/2004
Whether you have always been a n.e.r.d. fan or you are just becomming one this album is definately worth checking out. Different sounds but same n.e.r.d. style. This album rocks! they are musical geniuses whom need to get the credit they deserve on their projects. Trust me it is worth they money. Listen and enjoy...
FLY OR DIE IS THE HOT ALBUM OUT4/2/2004
I was so impressed, when I listened to the Fly or Die album. Everything about it was great; the lyrics, beats, everything.
This album is unique with tons of inspiring messages for people of any kind. The beats and rythm have me dancing all over the place. The bands creativity allures and with their accompanied way of verbalizing themselves through their music makes this album a must have. This album blew away all preconcieved expectations. I love Fly or Die, and Its own style of jazz. I still cant take it out of my CD player. (Atleast I dont want to anyway).
I love the new ablum4/2/2004
I've been listening to N.E.R.D.'s new ablum and I think its the best. I'm really glad that they put out this new CD. I love practically all of the songs on it. Its the best of hip hop and it deserves respect. I think that everyone should go out and buy it! If you like hip hop and you like Pharrell and Chad, if you like good music you should defiantly go out and get this album. Its worth your money!
Fly or Die wasn't what I expected but still tight! THe songs are hot and so is Pharrell and N.E.R.D...the cd is definately worth buying so go out and BUY IT! Peace
It doesn't fit into one Genre except for quality m4/2/2004
This album is packed full of quality music. No cheap gimicks can be found here. N*E*R*D has shown everyone what can be done when Live instruments and a diverse taste of music are used on one Studio Album. You'll hear a sound from them unlike anyone out there. They'll make you want to dance to their infectous beats and sing along with the chorus. It isn't very often when you hear music that isn't just catchy but makes you wonder how they were able to put these songs together with so many layers of melody and syncapation without making it feel like it was forced together. You have to here these songs from start to finish to understand what I mean. "The Way She Moves" is the best example of this. Put away your one hit wonder album that you bought and pick this soon to be classic (Along with thier first album) album.
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