No_One Ever Really Dies

N.E.R.D. - No_One Ever Really Dies
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #537 / 717
User Score
Based on 240 ratings
2017 Ratings: #385
December 15, 2017 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions
With all the success that Pharrell Williams has had on his own in recent years, some may have forgotten just how much of a powerhouse N.E.R.D. is when they get together. Boasting the production genius of Williams’ constant collaborator Chad Hugo and the grounded nature of Shay Haley, the group have another amazing record on their hands.
82
HipHopDX

Where previous N.E.R.D albums often suffered from a lack of cohesion, No_One Really Dies is able to string together each track with a more uniform sound despite its vast array of guests.

80
The Guardian

Where their previous albums featured Williams et al throwing one musical idea after another at the wall in the hope one of them would stick ... No_One Ever Really Dies boasts a gripping, consistent sound behind its plethora of high-profile cameos.

80
Exclaim!

No_One Ever Really Dies is the group's most futuristic and experimental effort to date; it's gutsy and more than a little weird, but there's a slick tidiness underpinning the chaos from start to finish.

80
AllMusic
The energy level is high and restless, in a near-permanent state of agitation, heightened with machine beats that judder and bounce, synthesizers that plink and probe, and Williams' animated protestations.
75
The 405

Some may miss the more rock-influenced days of the group's debut, but Pharrell's more recent taste rules here. It's for the better. NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES plays like an album length party, with no groove that won't make you want to get off the couch and dance.

75
Consequence of Sound

Rarely has such powerful music collapsed so neatly into lightweight star fuckery.

70
Rolling Stone

The fifth N.E.R.D LP, and first since 2010's forgettable Nothing, feels urgent in a way their music never has, fitting our political moment while remaining as stylistically looped-out as ever.

70
The Needle Drop

N*E*R*D's latest is a somewhat inconsistent return, but offers some of the freshest production of 2017.

62
Pitchfork
Out of the game so long, the N.E.R.D. antennae have picked up on something extra-musical in the air, and crafted their old sound around it. It sadly renders as a piece of resistance-bait, one whose clumsy, on-the-nose message slams you in the head harder than most of its songs.
58
A.V. Club
It’s a weird fucking album ... neither as crowd-pleasing as it should be nor as experimental as it wants to be. The drums sound great, though, and the Rihanna track is as good as N.E.R.D. gets.
40
DIY
Messy in its execution, and lacking in the simplicity of N.E.R.D’s previous work, ‘No_one Ever Really Dies’ isn’t nearly as profound as it thinks it is.
40
Drowned in Sound
Even for a deliberately loosely-styled group like N.E.R.D., the songs here go on way too long, though it’s often difficult to pinpoint how far back they should have been trimmed when most are already so lightweight.
MySoftBulletin
74
made me dance and feel good about myself despite being a piece of shit
76fex
49
It is very impressive how Pharrell wears so many different hat! (this album is indulgent and irresponsible)
zachthesnack
56
This was incredibly fucking obnoxious to me

The production was good but it was just so inconsistent and annoying

I will forever be bopping Voila thanks to the Apple commercials tho :)

Favs: Voila, Lightning Fire Magic Prayer

Least Favs: literally everything else
birdmanslawyer
77
Features aside, I really think Pharrell and his crew had something special going on throughout the duration of this album. Highly enjoyable.
charlie17
74
LONG FORM REVIEW:
NERD’s “NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES” is one of the most intriguing albums I’ve heard in a good amount of time.
N.E.R.D., also known as no one ever really dies, is the pet project of pop music mogul Pharrell Williams, his Neptunes Collaborator Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley. For the past 20 years, Pharrell has carefully toed the line between mainstream pop and hip-hop, with his signature sugary and bouncy production. His alternative personality and infectious ... read more
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Track List

  1. Lemon (feat. Rihanna)
  2. Deep Down Body Thirst
  3. Voilà (feat. Gucci Mane and Wale)
  4. 1000 (feat. Future)
  5. Don’t Don’t Do It! (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  6. ESP
  7. Lightning Fire Magic Prayer
  8. Rollinem 7’s (feat. André 3000)
  9. Kites (feat. Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A.)
  10. Secret Life of Tigers
  11. Lifting You (feat. Ed Sheeran)
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