No One Ever Really Dies

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No One Ever Really Dies
No one ever really dies album.jpeg
Studio album by N.E.R.D
Released December 15, 2017
Studio
Genre
Length 51:09
Label
Producer
N.E.R.D chronology
Nothing
(2010)
No One Ever Really Dies
(2017)
Singles from No One Ever Really Dies
  1. "Lemon"
    Released: November 1, 2017
  2. "1000"
    Released: November 29, 2017
  3. "Don't Don't Do It!"
    Released: January 12, 2018[4]

No One Ever Really Dies (stylized as NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES) is the fifth studio album by American hip hop and rock band N.E.R.D. The album was released on December 15, 2017 through i am OTHER and Columbia Records.[5] It features guest appearances from Rihanna, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, M.I.A., Gucci Mane, Wale, Future and Ed Sheeran among others. It was preceded by three singles; "Lemon" with Rihanna, "1000" with Future, and "Don't Don't Do It!" with Kendrick Lamar.

No One Ever Really Dies is the group's first full-length album since 2010's Nothing.[6]

Background[edit]

On February 6, 2017, during an interview with BBC Radio 1, Pharrell stated that "it's feeling really good, really special" about the group's return.[7]

In October 2017, the album was teased after posters were popping up on the side of streets, and by concertgoers at the 2017 Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival.[8][9]

The album was debuted with a live listening party during the first day at ComplexCon, thus revealing the tracklist.[10] Pharrell revealed the album's cover art and release date via Instagram and Twitter on November 22, 2017.[11][12]

Artwork[edit]

The album's artwork depicts a tongue with the album's title placed on top and aluminum foil on the teeth to substitute grills.[13][14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[16]
Pitchfork Media6.2/10[17]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[18]

No One Ever Really Dies received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 74, based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15]

In a four out of five star review for AllMusic, critic Andy Kellman claimed that "Tied together with recurring declarations of "mad ethnic right now," sampled from Retch's 2016 viral clip, the album is all raucous resistance to issues ranging from anti-immigration to police brutality to transgender rights. When Williams barks "You fuckin' with survivors!" like an activist Rockwell, he perfectly summarizes the indignant optimism that dominates the best N.E.R.D album since the original version of In Search of...."[16]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[19] All tracks are produced by Pharrell Williams, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lemon" (with Rihanna)Pharrell Williams3:39
2."Deep Down Body Thurst"Williams 4:11
3."Voilà" (with Gucci Mane and Wale) 4:20
4."1000" (with Future) 4:03
5."Don't Don't Do It!" (with Kendrick Lamar) 4:17
6."Esp"Williams
5:29
7."Lightning Fire Magic Prayer"Williams 7:44
8."Rollinem 7's" (with André 3000) 5:09
9."Kites" (with Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A.)
  • Williams
  • Rhea Dummett[b]
  • Mike Larson[b]
4:50
10."Secret Life of Tigers"Williams 3:45
11."Lifting You" (with Ed Sheeran)Williams 3:42
Total length:51:09

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional vocal producer.
  • "Deep Down Body Thurst" features additional vocals by Mike Larson.
  • "1000" features additional vocals by Alex DePersia, Mette Towley, Rhea Dummett and Phi Hollinger.
  • "ESP" features additional vocals by Alex DePersia and Mette Towley.
  • "Lightning Fire Magic Prayer" features additional vocals by Rocket Williams, Helen Williams, Rhea Dummett and Mike Larson.
  • "Kites" features additional vocals by ASAP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, Rhea Dummett, Hana Hollinger, Phi Hollinger and Helen Williams.
  • "Secret Life of Tigers" features additional vocals by First Summer Uika and Momose Momo of Billie Idle, and Cara Delevingne.

Personnel[edit]

N.E.R.D

  • Pharrell Williams – production (all tracks), executive production
  • Chad Hugo – additional production (track 6), synthesizers (tracks 2, 5), doorslam (track 2), synth FX (track 3), programming (track 3)
  • Shay Haley

Additional musicians

  • Kendrick Lamar – performance (tracks 5, 9)
  • Rihanna – performance (track 1)
  • Gucci Mane – performance (track 3)
  • Wale – performance (track 3)
  • Future – performance (track 4)
  • André 3000 – performance (track 8)
  • M.I.A. – performance (track 9)
  • Ed Sheeran – performance (track 11)
  • Thundercat – bass (tracks 2, 3)
  • Brent Paschke – electric guitar (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 10)
  • Rhea Dummett – additional vocals (tracks 4, 7, 9)
  • Mike "Miguel Milliones" Larson – additional vocals (tracks 2, 7), programming (tracks 2-11)
  • Alex DePersia – additional vocals (tracks 4, 6)
  • Mette Towley – additional vocals (tracks 4, 6)
  • Phi Hollinger – additional vocals (tracks 4, 9)
  • Helen Williams – additional vocals (tracks 7, 9)
  • Rocket Williams – additional vocals (track 7)
  • ASAP Rocky – additional vocals (track 9)
  • Mary J. Blige – additional vocals (track 9)
  • Hana Hollinger – additional vocals (track 9)
  • First Summer Uika – additional vocals (track 10)
  • Momose Momo – additional vocals (track 10)
  • Cara Delevingne – additional vocals (track 10)
  • Tenley Sage – native youth (track 9)
  • Red Eagle Perkins – native youth (track 9)
  • Amiah Fimbres – native youth (track 9)
  • Precious Bernie – native youth (track 9)
  • Wacantkiya Eagle – native youth (track 9)
  • Mahpiya Eagle – native youth (track 9)
  • Jayde Kelly – native youth (track 9)
  • Chayla Warren – native youth (track 9)
  • Winona Gayto – native youth (track 9)
  • Ku-uipo Mauai – native youth (track 9)

Technical

  • Mike Larson – recording engineer (all tracks), native youth vocal production (track 9), mixing
  • Andrew Coleman – recording engineer (all tracks)
  • James Hunt – recording engineer (tracks 5, 9)
  • Matt Schaeffer – recording engineer (tracks 5, 9)
  • Marcos Tovar – recording engineer (track 1)
  • Kori Anders – recording engineer (track 3)
  • Ken Oriole – recording engineer (track 9)
  • Kuk Harrell – Rihanna vocal production (track 1)
  • Rhea Dummett – native youth vocal production (track 9)
  • Ben "Bengineer" Sedano – 2nd engineer (all tracks), assistant mix engineer
  • Thomas Cullison – 2nd engineer (tracks 1-6, 8-11), assistant mix engineer
  • Jacob Dennis – 2nd engineer (tracks 2-5 7-10)
  • Jordon Silva – 2nd engineer (tracks 2, 7, 8-10)
  • Masayuki Hara – 2nd engineer (tracks 2, 3, 9, 10)
  • Madoka Kambe – 2nd engineer (tracks 2, 3, 9, 10)
  • Hart Gunther – 2nd engineer (tracks 1, 5, 11)
  • Daryl Johnson – 2nd engineer (tracks 2, 6, 7)
  • Miguel DaCruz – 2nd engineer (tracks 1, 11)
  • Eric Eylands – 2nd engineer (tracks 3, 10)
  • Brendan Morawski – 2nd engineer (track 1)
  • David Kim – 2nd engineer (track 2)
  • Todd Hurtt – 2nd engineer (track 4)
  • David Kim – 2nd engineer (track 4)
  • Ramon Rivas – 2nd engineer (track 5)
  • Matt Tuggle – 2nd engineer (track 6)
  • Iain Findlay – 2nd engineer (track 7)
  • Josh Seflers – 2nd engineer (track 8)
  • John Muller – 2nd engineer (track 8)
  • Sean Klein – 2nd engineer (track 8)
  • David Swenson – 2nd engineer (track 9)
  • Graham Thomas – 2nd engineer (track 9)
  • Leslie Brathwaite – mixing
  • Jon Sher – assistant mix engineer
  • Tony Flores – assistant mix engineer
  • Chris Athens – mastering

Release

  • Caron Veazey – Pharrell Williams management
  • Ron Laffitte – Pharrell Williams management
  • Alex DePersia – Pharrell Williams project management
  • Todd Tourso – Pharrell Williams creative direction, art direction
  • Phi Hollinger – Pharrell Williams creative direction, art direction
  • Pres Rodriguez – art direction
  • Mike Larson – album A&R and coordination
  • Jerry Edouard – album A&R and coordination
  • Michelle Dupont – Chad Hugo management
  • Jan Fairchild – Chad Hugo engineering
  • Erik Ian – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 92
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 138
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 57
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[24] 32
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[25] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 65
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 80
US Billboard 200[28] 31
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[29] 13

References[edit]

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