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Fly Or Die
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2004
Once again N*E*R*D bring out an album which doesn't disappoint.
Fly Or Die is the second album N*E*R*D have produced and Pharrell, Shay and Chad have made it an interesting one.
Tracks like 'Don't Worry About It', 'Fly Or Die', 'She Wants To Move' and 'Drill Sergeant' show that even though N*E*R*D are mainly rock-unfluenced, hip-hop, funk and urban beats combine together to make N*E*R*D sound like a unique genre of music.
If i were to class this album under a certain genre it would have to be 'Rap-Rock' but don't be put off by it if you don't enjoy rock or rap as both genre's combine together beautifully to make a great album.
The only downside i found was that there were only 12 tracks!, after waiting for it since 'In Search Of...' i was a bit disappointed when i found out that only 12 tracks were to appear on the album.
GREAT ALBUM, GREAT BEATS, 4 STARS
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2004
For me,compared to the original version of "In search Of" I'd have to say "Fly or Die" isnt as good as its predecessor, but im not saying that this isnt a cool album. The reason for this opinion is just cos of the repetitive drum and guitar combo, which is fine, but doesnt present much variance as the first album did. However, apart from this one critism, I love this album and havent taken it out of my cd player since it arrived.
The first track, "Dont worry about it", is such a cool track to kick the album off with that you know youve made a good investment. The next couple of tracks are pretty good, but the coolest song, apart from the first, has to be "She wants to move". This song is just so funky that you'll want to listen to it over and over, like i did, cos it was the only track I'd heard beforehand and I like to stick with what I know. I also like track 11, "The way she dances" as its the kind of song that you can chill out to but also make you wanna shake your ass, if you know what I mean.
As for the rest of the album, its very good, with each track having its own unique attribute, but as I said earlier there isnt much variance between the instrumental side of the songs, which I guess isnt such a bad thing.
Anyway, to conclude BUY THIS ALBUM and do something amazing with your life, or give blood. I did both
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2006
On first listen, I wondered if N.E.R.D had shot themselves in the foot. Having already listened to In search of.. several times, I was shocked to find this Lp "Fly or die" a completly different experience. To me this album cannot be classified as one particular genre of music and it makes me wonder if N.E.R.D weren't sure either. The album jumps around a lot and there are some moments when you think that they have got the order of songs wrong. For example wonderful place, a very laid back, Bacarach esque track, where Pharell's falsetto describes his look on the world. It then jumps to when a family go on a boat and the youngest member nearly dronws. You do feel quite heartfelt when listening to this track, a mother's desperation to see whether their child is alive. But then before you have time to contemplate on this it jumps to a heavy rock track. though there is a lot of political references in here I feel that N.E.R.D could have easily have made a dtwo disc album with the material. Do listen as there are hidden gems in this song that are only apparent when you listen again. I think that if you liiked the first album, like me you will be skeptical but do give it a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2004
As arguably the most successful and certainly at present the most in-demand duo on the planet, listeners have come to expect nothing but pure gold from Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo in either their production work (as The Neptunes) or when performing with long-time friend Shay on the other side of the mixing decks as N.E.R.D.
The second album to be released by N.E.R.D, 'Fly or Die', follows in the footsteps of the highly acclaimed and frankly sensational debut work that was 'In Search Of...' As a fan of the first album, I could hardly wait to get my hands on the second to see where Pharrell and co. were going to next. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, high expectations and building anticipation lead to subsequent deflation and disappointment.
That's not to say that 'Fly or Die' is a bad album. There are some fantastic songs here - lead single release 'She Wants to Move' is a funky, foot-tapping number you'll have running round your head for hours afterwards, 'Wonderful Place' is a classy number which surely deserves better than its place in a fairly uninspiring middle section of the album, whilst 'Maybe' stands out as a smooth ever-so-spaced-out-lovin' groove.
The problem is that some songs seem to drift into one another, and when they don't it almost ends up sounding like the band are trying just a little too hard to do something different from before. There's something that doesn't quite click, with tracks passing by without you ever working out quite what they were aiming at. Following on from Outkast's imaginative and inspired 'Speakerboxx/Love Below', N.E.R.D just seem slightly short of coherent ideas.
If you're hoping for more of the first album, you'll be disappointed. If you're hoping for more 'Neptunes/Clones', likewise. If you're looking for something laid-back, well-produced and smooth for summer or night-time listening, you won't go wrong with this. But don't expect a musical revelation this time round, though I'm certain we haven't seen the last of Pharrell and friends just yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2004
'Fly or Die', is the follow-up to 2002's critically acclaimed In SearchOf. Its a rock influenced 'experimental' album highlighted by thebeautiful 'Chariot of fire' -apparently written about a good female friendof Pharrells who suffers from cancer, and the almost Hendrix-esque 'Don'tworry about it'. Some would say the Neptune's have given all their bestideas to everyone else (Mr J.T comes to mind!) but lets face it, with themillions Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo make coupled with their dedicatedfan-base (which includes me!) they can afford to experiment and explorenew genres.
Don't get me wrong though, this album is still damn cool.It's just unlike anything we've heard from N.E.R.D before.
The album includes some cool collaborations notably with the Maddenbrothers from pop-punk band 'Good Charlotte' who feature on the rockinfluenced 'Jump'.
Elsewhere, Mr cool-dude himself Lenny Kravitz plays additional guitar on'Maybe' and just in case you are contemplating buying this album, thisshould help you make the purchase: the boys claim to play ALL theinstruments themselves!
In a nutshell, if you were expecting an 'InSearch Of' part 2, stick to listening to 'In Search of' part 1, becauseyou're not going to find it in 'Fly or die'. Pharrell and Chad arespreading their wings and are trying out something new!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2004
I just got this album today! OMG i was so shocked! i didn't think it would be that good in comparison to "In Search Of.." but i was proved wrong! It is definately as good as, and maybe even better! A few of my favourites are "Fly or Die", "Jump", "The Way She Dances" (Brilliant!) "Drill Sergeant"-good to dance to! "Breakout" and "Maybe" are also good! I find it hard to pick out my favourites as they are all amazing. Trust me, buy this album! You can't really go wrong with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo! They have so much talent! I hope there is much more to come! You will not be dissapointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The first N*E*R*D album (In Search Of...) is the most perfect blending of conventional Rock, Soul and Hip-Hop I think I've heard. The Hip-Hop elements providing the true genius, as the Neptune's (Pharrell and Chad Hugo's other musical sideline) have astounding production talents in that field. Most crossover acts tend to move from Rock to Hip-Hop traditionally; because of the up hill struggle that learning to play an instrument presents. The Beastie Boys managed it years ago and successfully reinvented themselves. However, N*E*R*D are far more believable for Hip-Hop fans. They've reversed engineered the trend and migrated from Hip-Hop to Rock on Fly or Die. The down side for fans of the first album is there's far less of a Hip-Hop vibe on the latest album, but the songs are original and inspiring. Highly recommended for anyone looking for something a little different, up beat and extremely funky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2004
Ever since I got their "I Search Of ... " album I have been curious, curious to see how they could following that kind of sonic quality. So when informed of "Fly Or Dies" immenent release, palms became sweaty and I realised - I had the munchies for n*e*r*d.
I wasn't disappointed, this is pure gold. From the start you know this is gonna be good. They start as they mean to go on with a driving bass line that just makes you nod you head and before you know it your restarting the CD because you know what they say, time flys when your having fun!
stand out songs - Fly Or Die, Wonderful Place and Thrasher. I played it at work and even the rockers liked it. Nuff Said.
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on 4 August 2009
On Fly or Die, N*E*R*D reinvents itself with a rock/soul combo, and lose the predominant hip-hop and Neptunes-style of the debut In Search of.... It is so different that Pharrell Williams risks losing a good few fans, but this would be a pity since Fly or Die contains moments of real quality; from the loose-limbed opener "Don't Worry About It", to "The Way She Dances". The latter flirts with Steely Dan guitars, circa The Royal Scam, and finishes with an exceptional outro, where whirling synths and keyboards dive over and under Pharrell's falsetto.

Frustratingly, there are moments when it is easy to lose faith with the N*E*R*D belief, such as in the choruses of the title track and "Breakout", where punky chants collide with the soulful verses already set up. "Thrasher", meanwhile, appears like the track Pharrell was referring to when he condemned the record label's insistence on the album having some of the musicality of "In Search Of....

The majority of Fly or Die ignores this plea though, which is perhaps why N*E*R*D and Virgin soon ended their partnership. N*E*R*D does not limit itself to genres, but only the imaginations of its leaders; Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley. Much of this creativity revolves itself around the highs and lows of adolescence, a notion that Hugo admits resonates hugely with the group. The fun and pleasure of this period of their lives is echoed in the Hendrix riffs of "Backseat Love", the jazzy "Wonderful Place", and even the hidden tracks that see the band explore a completely different musical style and narrative. Although some of the musical crossovers don't always work on tracks such as the proggy "Drill Sergeant", N*E*R*D still soars to dizzying heights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2004
Warning : This album is not an 'In Search Of...' part 2. Nor is it a typical Neptunes sounding album (which is kinda what I expected it to be like).
This album is so unique, it's hard to compare it to anything. The first time I listened to it I didn't really like it. But the more I listened to it, the more it grew on me and now I absolutely love it. So give it time!
If you like the released singles 'She Wants To Move' and 'Maybe', you will love the album as these aren't the best songs on it, in my opinion. It also has 3 hidden tracks on it - bonus!
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