Fly Or Die (Explicit Version) CD (2004)

Artist: N.E.R.D.

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on 4/2/2004

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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on 4/2/2004

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

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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."


Label Virgin Records
SKU 60628836
UPC 724359145709
UPC 14 00724359145709
Format CD
Release Date 3/23/2004
Author N.E.R.D.
Technical Info
Producer The Neptunes
CatalogID 91457
Lable Name Virgin
Released 03/23/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724359145709
Musical Guests
Joel & Benji Madden
Lenny Kravitz
Ahmir Thompson
Joel Madden
Album Notes and Credits
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.
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."
Disc 1
1 Don't Worry About It
2 Fly Or Die
3 Jump - (featuring Joel Madden/Benji Madden)
4 Backseat Love
5 She Wants To Move
6 Breakout
7 Wonderful Place
8 Drill Sargeant
9 Thrasher
10 Maybe
11 Way She Dances, The
12 Chariot Of Fire
ReviewSource PopMatters
Review These slightly warped combinations -- resentment and frustration, yearning and insight, and fascinat
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review When the Neptunes made their first N.E.R.D. record, In Search Of..., they got help from a liv
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Artist N.e.r.d.
Label Virgin Records
Music Format Compact Disc
E! Online ...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.
New Musical Express absolutely fantastic guitar pop record.

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