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Album Review

Portugese-Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado's 2000 debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, hit like a bolt out of the blue, its single "I'm Like a Bird" becoming a runaway smash. On the follow-up, Folklore, she asserts her staying power straight out of the gate; the first song finds her repeatedly declaring that she's not just a "One-Trick Pony." Where Whoa, Nelly! mixed pop, rock, and R&B production techniques, its successor goes further. The aforementioned opening track, for example, features accompaniment by renowned new music ensemble the Kronos Quartet, while "Forca" finds Furtado's celebratory exultation framed by the banjo arpeggios of Béla Fleck. The album closes on the quiet, introspective "Childhood Dreams," which slowly builds up moody, atmospheric layers of texture that neatly sign off on Furtado's bid for artistic longevity., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Underappreciated gem

People don't like change, and perhaps that's why this album went largely unnoticed - it isn't easy to predict from song to song, or from her first and third albums, and therefore doesn't build the familiarity that many listeners seek out in an artist. For this listener, that's it's strength. To an even greater degree here than on her debut album "Whoa, Nelly!", Nelly Furtado is willing and open to explore all her many influences: hip hop, urban, pop, her Portuguese heritage, funk, folk, dance beats, and even bluegrass, with banjos playing through such songs as "Powerless (Say What You Want)". A true shame it didn't catch more people's imagination when it was released, because some of her strongest, most unique work can be found here. There is an unspoken question being asked throughout, the question of "who am I?", and it's this questioning, using any and all of her musical influences as a means of exploration, that draws this listener in. This is in stark contrast to her follow-up album, "Loose", where there is more consistency of style and a return to her urban roots, likely in part due to Timbaland's strong musical hand playing a part in its creation. While this new move on "Loose" seems quite popular, it's here, with "Folklore", that I am moved most. While she plays up the sexiness on "Loose", an awkward fit at best, here she seems to answer her own question of who she really is. Nelly's voice is one of her weaknesses, which is somewhat nasal at its best and can run the danger of being grating at times, but it is best moderated on this album more than her others. In the song "Try", the sincere ache and longing tames the nasality and replaces it with a sweetness that can be breathtaking. A worthy sophomore effort, and perhaps her resurgence of popularity through the album "Loose" will gain this album the retroactive recognition that it deserves.


a really good album. Discover it!

Great Album

Of the recent albums published in the last couple of years, this one offers great talent integrated with great music. I hope others take the time to really appreciate its great quality. I am sure Nelly Furtado will go far in the music world!


Born: December 02, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canad

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

When Nelly Furtado appeared with her neo-hippie, multiculti debut Whoa, Nelly! in 2001, a dance-diva makeover seemed like an impossibility, but the singer/songwriter revived and sustained her career with the sexually charged Loose in 2006, in the process consolidating her position as one of the most unpredictable artists of her decade. Furtado always proudly displayed her Portuguese heritage, a distinction that separated her from legions of emerging female singer/songwriters in the early days of...
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