The NEPTUNES The Neptunes Present... Clones (Star Trak/Arista) Rating: NNN
In trying to show off everything that the Neptunes can do that the disappointing N*E*R*D album didn't, The Neptunes Present... Clones jarringly jumps between reasonable facsimiles of old school hiphop, snappy alt-rock, dancehall reggae, West Coast g-funk and Southern bounce like a haphazardly assembled dance mag giveaway disc. Although Pharrell Williams is sharp enough to realize that he doesn't have the microphone skills to carry tunes alone, the Neptunes' production smarts are overshadowed here by the celebrity guests, including Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, ODB, Jadakiss and Nas, who turn the album into a hodgepodge of disjointed singles tracks.