Happily, "Nothing" might reflect this best of all.
It works well because one of the things I’ve always liked about Pharrell’s voice is that it’s the perfect blend and fluctuation of 60s soul, 70s funk, 80s punk, 90s smooth and 21st century pop. It sounds like everything and still completely unique and like nothing you’ve ever heard.
Musically, the Neptunes didn’t fail to recreate the magic we all love and expect. I hear it and I'm still lovely, someplace wonderful, feeling amazing. Even the hard stuff makes you feel something good. Who needs drugs or alcohol when you can get high and buzzed off the Neptunes?
So this isn’t really a review as much as it’s a ticker tape of initial reactions. It's impossible to "review" NERD, you just feel one variation of good or another about it.
Someone called this song “NERD’s ‘African Child’”
Well, maybe. It’s different from what we’ve come to expect from the guys, but without comparing it to anything else, the song isn’t bad. I still love the music and the lyrics. And yes, his voice is high enough to make Philip Bailey angry, but I think it gives it kind of a dirty early 80s Prince “Purple Rain” feel. Unfortunately, this song kicked itself with that nightmarish Letterman performance I mentioned here. The official video was a little strange, too. I checked my mental transcript after viewing it for the first time and here’s what apparently happened in my head while watching this video.
Hunh? Skin? Wait, whoa. HOLY CRAP, IS HE NAKED?? NAKED.!! NAKED PHARRELL. NAKED SUDSY PHARRELL. Woooooo. Okay, wow, what the heck, that was like some kind of freaky… OH MY GOD NAKED… NAKEDNAKEDNAKED… SKIN… PRETTY SKIN… BODY… NIPPLES. NAKED. YEAAAAH!!! TURN AROUND AND SHAKE IT AT ME!!! YEAAAAH!! WOOOOOOO. Oh look, Shae. Haha Chad’s hat, those were cute and ha, that finger smoke is…. What the…Aww man, is he going to be naked again? WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NAKED!! YEAH, SHOW IT TO ME…… Aww this video sucks. (Ran out of semi-nude scenes)
And there are signs of gasping, panting, excessive drooling, an accelerated heart rate and a fleeting thought about wishing to be a soap bubble. Anyway, I happen to like the song. And we should consider the video as proof that God is a woman. Or gay.
The more I listen to this song, the more I love it. And not just because of the Sha-Na-Na Bowzer sounding background vocals. And not just becaue it sounds like something my Dad would love and sing along to, but I get a little bit more lifted every time I hear it. It makes you feel like a balloon: expand, expand, expand and lightly float away into the beautiful sky. Take me to the bridge, y’all. Does anyone still say that? Man, I’m old.
click here. This song could also be the average girl’s theme song.
I’ve Seen the Light/ Inside of Clouds
God Bless Us All
Life as a Fish
Life span of the earth told in 2 minutes and 37 seconds from the underwater perspective. We didn’t make it, so I guess that’s why we wreck it. Beautiful and haunting.
|I know it's not really a fish, but he looks like he has an interesting story to tell.|
Nothing on You
I swear there was a version of this song sans Nelly Furtado. And I swear I liked it better. The cool thing about this song, and I don't know if it was intentional or not, but notice the way they say "hot-n-fun." It's kind of sleepy and slurred...like your drunk friend at the club pretending to still have a good time in between nodding off.
It’s In the Air
Mick Jagger? Is that you? …I really did think that was a sample of Mick’s voice but the liner notes are telling me no. In which case, bravo Mr. Williams, outstanding vocals. The guys kept saying this album would “stimulate” the ladies. I don’t know about the rest of the album, but this song, wow. Makes your tingly parts start to tingle.
I Wanna Jam
It’s no secret that I have a special affection for drummers. But this song makes you want to find a guitarist …and do him.
* *Bonus Tracks* * (if you can find them)
Ride That Thang
You know how there's always one song on every CD you can skip? Mm hmm. This song sounds unfinished and like it might have possibly been a joking freestyle to an incomplete beat. It doesn't fit at all with the rest of the CD so if your version doesn't have it, you didn't miss out on anything.
Not old, --Classic
Chad Hugo Playing Roc Boys from Illusive Media on Vimeo.