No One Ever Really Dies, by N.E.R.D. Photo: Sony Music

N.E.R.D
No One Ever Really Dies
Sony


AMERICAN funk rock band N.E.R.D, which consist of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, returns with its first album in seven years No One Ever Really Dies. How apt.

The long wait for the follow-up to 2010’s Nothing was truly worth it. The album kicks off with the furious lead single Lemon, a banging number featuring Rihanna on vocals.

It’s a politically-charged song touching on discrimination and other social issues. For once, try not to ignore the message.

Lemon, Deep Down Body Thurst and Don’t Do It! (featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar) are some of the wonderful songs in this album that make you want to think about these issues.

If that feels too heavy for you, then check out Voila, an upbeat motivational number that is sure to put a smile on your face.

The innocence reverberating in this song is just … magic. ESP is a hypnotic number that seemingly pokes fun of listeners who well, ignores the problems around them.

No One Ever Really Dies closes with the reggae electro-pop number Lifting You featuring Ed Sheeran, which is another winner. Welcome back, N.E.R.D.