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Seeing Sounds

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N.E.R.D., Pharrell Williams
Leslie Kee

Seeing Sounds

Current Status:
In Season

We gave it a B+

”Motherf—er, are you ADHD?” That’s what N.E.R.D. ask on ”Anti-Matter.” It’s a question that can be thrown back at Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley, given third LP Seeing Sounds‘ dizzyingly — and at times fantastically — short attention span. ”Anti-Matter” sets rap to Jack White-style guitar fuzz; ”Windows” suggests what it’d be like if Gnarls Barkley covered ”My Sharona”; and the ballad ”Sooner or Later” climaxes in a Prince-ly guitar solo. In their hyperkinetic hands, even integrating an acoustic stand-up bass with electronic beats (”Yeah You”) seems perfectly natural. B+
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