If you've been alive in the last few years, you will have undoubtedly have heard of The Neptunes, the production duo formed of Pharrel Williams and Chad Hugo. The pair have produced for the likes of Jay-Z, Fabolous, Mystikal, Britney Spears and many, many others. However, if you're considering purchasing N*E*R*D's debut album - "In Search Of" - don't expect an album of what you usually hear from these guys. I found this quite an entertaining listen, mainly because the live instruments and crisp Neptunes beats do each song justice. It gives the beats an extra edge which give the album a different flavour to what I thought I'd get.
Another good point about this CD is it's not just straight rock as many have claimed; N*E*R*D offer a mix between rock, rap, country, funk and the blues, all with amazing listening ease. I've never been a major fan of what The Neptunes songwriting has been like - known for being sleazy - but I was pleasently surprised. The lyrics do have meaning and, at times, are quite thought provoking. Pharrel Williams singing is very strong and works well over the stunning beats.
The stand out songs are "Provider", "Run To The Sun", the funky "Things Are Getting Better", "Truth Or Dare", "Am I High", heck, every song on here is really tight. The reason I only gave this album 4 stars is because it takes a bit of peserverance. On the first couple of spins it's not much of an album, with only a couple of good cuts - those being the singles. My advice would be to get it, but keep it in the changer. Once you've caught the vibe of this CD and get into the groove, you're bound to like it.
This is a different Neptunes release to the style we're used to, but that's a good thing as it's well worth the money you spend on it. 4 stars.