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Music Review: Nelly's new 'M.O.' gives mixed results

Music Review: Nelly's new 'M.O.' gives mixed results

Nelly, "M.O." (Republic Records)

October 4th, 2013 by CRISTINA JALERU, Associated Press in News

Nelly's seventh studio album isn't a total waste of time if you have the patience to get through the first half.

"M.O." starts with the most boring, ear-numbing collaborations, including the first two singles - the somewhat catchy "Hey Porsche" and the smooth, yet derivative "Get Like Me," Pharrell's only puzzling contribution. The better tracks flourish when Nelly doesn't require serious vocal backup from other artists such as Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, Nelly Furtado and Nicki Minaj.

"IDGAF," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, takes off to the dance floor perfectly and the seemingly self-effacing "Rick James" is an ebullient hymn to the party life in bass steps. "Shake Whatever" is a time-bending track blending arcade game sounds with tribal drums, while "Mo's Focused" grinds slowly and smolders the airwaves. "Maryland, Massachusetts" is the one track that echoes Nelly's earlier work and showcases his distinctive vocals - otherwise he sadly tends to hide behind his guests' voices and styles.

Nelly, who had a massive hit this year with "Cruise" alongside Florida Georgia Line, collaborates with the country duo again on "Walk Away." It bounces and rounds off the genre mix of the album with an upbeat country hook.

"M.O." is not a Sunday float parade to leave the house for, but it does keep you leaning down your window from time to time.

Link:

www.nelly.net