Nelly "M.O." Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:27
Nelly just doesn't stop. His phenomenal new album, M.O., evinces an impressive work ethic that's barely ever rivaled in the entertainment industry. When he picks up the mic, you can practically feel the hunger to make a masterpiece. As a result, M.O. is Nelly's best since the classic Country Grammar.
"100K" kicks off with an ominous orchestral hum that slips into a smooth shuffle driven by Nelly's instantly recognizable flow. 2 Chainz pops off on a scorching guest spot, and it's one of the record's most distinctive bangers. Speaking of distinct, there's the driving "IDGAF" where Nelly and T.I. volley back and forth over a skittering beat, still keeping the swag turned on to 11. It's not the only T.I. collaboration though. They also get super smooth on the seventies-spiked "Rick James". Elsewhere, Nelly teams up with Florida Georgia Line for a crossover cut entitled "Walk Away" that's got the potential to rival "Cruise" (Remix). Other forays into soulful pop happen on the Nelly Furtado-assisted "Headphones" as well as "Heaven" where America gets to hear just how powerful Daley's voice is.
At the same time, he slows things down on the sexy "U Know U Want To", once again showing another side of his sound. M.O. ebbs and flows with dynamics rarely seen in hip-hop. That's what makes it such a well-rounded listen overall. Ultimately, it's a milestone for Nelly, and that's saying a lot. He's not stopping anytime soon either.
Will you be getting M.O. on October 1? What's your favorite Nelly song?