Seeing Sounds


Seeing Sounds is N*E*R*D's third studio album released on June 10, 2008 in the United States and on June 9, 2008 in Europe.


In an interview with MTV in Austin, Texas, Pharrell said, "We didn't care about genres; we're not doing this for the money. We're doing this for people who pledge allegiance to our movement."

He said that his fans want to "rock out" and be taken on an "emotional roller coaster", and the only way to do that is to give some records they could put blast on their speakers. Their music European-influenced. "It's a big album of LSD, sonic drug," Chad Hugo stated.

Shay further elaborated on the album title, saying it was inspired by the neurological phenomenon synesthesia, which mistakes one sense for another. "It's a mixture of senses that may cause a person to experience colorful hearing, auditory smell," he explained. "For example, you might see something, and it might trigger a song. You might hear something, and it might trigger a taste in your mouth. When we created this album, it was the music we envisioned while creating it. We decided it would be the appropriate title for the album."

Pharrell added that, "If you really analyze that, the most inspiration is probably deep inside a synesthesiac. So for us, 'seeing sounds' is what we relate to the most. We figured we'd make an album out of it. Energy and emotion was the criteria [while recording], but we made the music anticipating the [live] show. That was the most important thing…[The song] 'Spaz' is [an] old school, hip hop feeling with some drum and bass. It becomes a big, tall monster. It's almost like this big gorilla looking down at you. If he smacks you, he kills you. His fingers are the size of your body. That's kinda what we're doing. We're facing this big monster of, of what we know is out there, of what we see, that big monster of energy."


N*E*R*D went on the Glow in the Dark Tour with Kanye West to promote the album.

The song "Spaz" was used for commercials for Zune Pass.

Track listing

All tracks produced by The Neptunes.
# Title Writer(s) Time
1 "Time for Some Action" P. Williams 3:43
2 "Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)" P. Williams, C. Hugo 3:27
3 "Windows" P. Williams 2:59
4 "Anti Matter" P. Williams, C. Hugo 4:01
5 "Spaz" P. Williams 3:51
6 "Yeah You" P. Williams 4:07
7 "Sooner or Later" P. Williams 6:43
8 "Happy" P. Williams 4:36
9 "Kill Joy" P. Williams 4:10
10 "Love Bomb" P. Williams, C. Hugo 4:36
11 "You Know What" P. Williams 4:31
12 "Laugh About It" P. Williams 4:04
* "Lazer Gun" (UK & Japan bonus track) P. Williams 3:52
* "Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom) [Remix]"
(iTunes & Zune Marketplace Bonus Track)
(featuring Child Rebel Soldier & Pusha T)
P. Williams, C. Hugo, K. West, W. Jaco, T. Thornton 3:49

Charts and certifications

Chart (2008) Providers Peak
Certification Shipments/Sales
Australian Album Chart ARIA 14
Belgian Albums Chart 35
Dutch Album Chart NVPI 15
French Album Chart SNEP 45
Irish Album Chart IRMA 60
Italian Albums Chart 97
Swiss Albums Chart IFPI 13
UK Albums Chart OCC 20
U.S. Billboard 200 Billboard 7 116,846

Release history

Region Date
Netherlands June 6, 2008
United Kingdom June 9, 2008
United States June 10, 2008


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