Review: N*E*R*D, “Nothing”

N*E*R*D, Nothing
Star Trak/Interscope

N*E*R*D’s hipster cred dissipated after its widely hailed In Search of N*E*R*D However, Pharrell, Chad Hugo and Shay are still capable of delightfully quirky adventures. On Nothing, they offer a poetic abstraction modeled after the Doors (“Help Me”), an earnest meditation on the environment and “Life as a Fish,” and winsome jazz-rock melodies that were once inspired by Steely Dan but are now the band’s trademark. N*E*R*D built its name on clubby come-ons, and it makes a few valiant attempts here (“Hypnotize U”), but those seem perfunctory in the midst of Nothing’s studious creativity.

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