Nelly releases his 5th studio album and is a return to the usual good music that he delivers. After his last album, I was the main one calling for his retirement simply because of how unbelievably bad the album was. Luckily, Nelly got back in the studio and was able to refocus for this effort. While, Nelly has never been much of a lyricist he did excel in the harmonizing and melody driven records that seem to be the norm these days most notably done by Drake & Kid Cudi. However, Nelly shows on 5.0 that he still has some tricks up his sleeve.
One such instance is Long Gone ft. Chris Brown & Plies. When I first heard this song I thought it was wack. But then I started jamming to it and it's one of those feel good grooves that's catchy but not corny or lame. Polow Da Don delivers a smooth beat that's worthy of any summer jam, pool party or sunny day cruising. T.I. nearly steals the album on She's So Fly in which he rides the beat so effortlessly as only an elite rapper like himself can do. If there were any doubts or any whispers about T.I. falling off then they should be immediately silenced after that verse. In all its pop glory, Just A Dream is actually a pretty good song.
On 5.0, basically Nelly stays in his lane. When he first came out his content really contrasted his style (he was like a melodic gangster on Country Grammar and subsequent albums had a fair balance) and now after all the money and Apple Bottoms he's more focused on having fun and women which there's absolutely nothing wrong with. I'm just glad he stuck to hip hop instead of going the Flo-Rida route. Anyway if you like Nelly then you can't really go wrong with this album. That's not a blank recommendation either since this is the time of the year when it seems like every major artist drops an album (and most on the same day). So pick it up if you like Nelly's vibe. 3.5 stars.
*make sure to get the edition with the bonus tracks*