Admittedly I’m not a big N.E.R.D. supporter. I like my Pharrell peddling beats and hooks to great MCs and stayin’ on the sidelines. But with a somewhat open, slate-cleaning mind I copped the oft-delayed Nothing the day it dropped. And guess what? I didn’t like it. From the annoying chorus-laden opener “Party People”; to the Al Green on acid space ride “Hypnotize U”; to a slithery shit sandwich called “Help Me”, the album clearly stumbles badly out the gate. To be fair, things pick up a bit on the Swizz Beatz and Rakim-jacked “God Bless Us All” and the McCartney-influenced “Life As A Fish”. But all in all, it’s not enough to save the overall disc as a notable downgrade from the band’s previous efforts. Even a non-fan can see that.