I loved NERD after getting into "Lapdance" from "In Search of..", buying the album out of curiosity and finding a hard core, funky rocky hip hop album straight out of left field. I was looking forward to more of the same on "Fly or Die" but was really disappointed by the album, which failed to deliver any great songs or even grooves outside of the hit single "She Wants To Move".
I was ready to give up on NERD after that until I saw them a few weeks ago playing live in London and was blown away by what a great live act they were. I decided to give "Fly.." another listen and buy "Seeing Sounds" after hearing some new songs that I did not recognise at the gig. On review, "Fly.." disappointed again and I was worried that "Seeing Sounds" might fail to deliver it's promise too.
I needn't have worried, as this album bangs from first to last! It's a rollercoaster ride of styles, grooves, beats, sounds and ideas that leans back towards the first album but blasts off into a whole new kaleidoscope of directions too. Each song is a collection of catchy hooks that are immediate but also seem to get better the more you listen (a rare trick!).
Other reviews have mentioned Prince influences, and they can be heard here (he is actually referenced directly by the band on a couple of songs), but this is the sort of album that Prince would have made in his heyday if he was born 10 years later and took De La Soul and Q Tip as influences as well as Hendrix and James Brown.
This album really has it all, from rock guitars to jazzy acoustic basslines and rave beats. If you love all kinds of music and want to hear something fresh and exciting, this is the cd for you. A must buy!