18 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Maneater” and “Promiscuous,” allowed Nelly Fortado’s naughty-girl side full expression, while ceding much musical control to producer/guest rapper Timbaland. Upping the sexual ante of “Promiscuous” while carrying through the faux-New Wave promise of “Maneater,” “Glow” is another highlight. Tracks such as “In God’s Hands,” closer to the soft-pop of Furtado’s Whoa, Nelly!, also find their home here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Maneater” and “Promiscuous,” allowed Nelly Fortado’s naughty-girl side full expression, while ceding much musical control to producer/guest rapper Timbaland. Upping the sexual ante of “Promiscuous” while carrying through the faux-New Wave promise of “Maneater,” “Glow” is another highlight. Tracks such as “In God’s Hands,” closer to the soft-pop of Furtado’s Whoa, Nelly!, also find their home here.

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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

2708 Ratings

This "new" Nelly is on fire!

Jesse !,

This album is amazing. This "new" Nelly is on fire. She doesn't stray to far away from her 'usual sound' but at the same time brings in some new elements. All of the tracks are catchy and keep you wanting more. I like them all. Hopefully Nelly's old fans will appreciate this album, and hopefully this album will bring in some new fans who will look back on Nellys old work. Nelly is no longer a girl, with Loose she's telling us all that she is a woman. Enjoy this album!

Loose in more ways than one....

ThisNicknameRocks,

Promiscuous: 1. Having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners 2. Lacking standards of selection Yes, that's what it means. Well, yes, Nelly does lack standards of selection -- cause the tracks on this album are way beneath her! Once a true 'smart' voice in pop music, she's been reduced to the very characture Pink (the smart one these days) sings about in "Stupid Girls." And there are plenty of stupid choices here. On Promiscuous, she's asking Timberland "will you still respect me' if I sleep with you... um, Girl, he's calling you a ho. Stick with big words that you know the meaning of before singing songs that make no sense. And aren't you a mother these days? Call me crazy, but I wouldn't want my kids hearing me being called 'ho' on the radio.... "Afraid" starts out promising. Nice message. But then... a children's choir??? Is this a Michael Jackson song??? "Maneater" -- was a better song done better by Hall & Oats in the 80s. And the perfect example of how this album is pure lame fluff. Why does she sound like Gwen and Fergie instead of herself??? Another stupid choice: two of the best songs made for the album "Someone to Love" and "What I Wanted" didn't even make it on to the American version of the album (???). Who's A&R-ing this stuff?? Anyway, to sum it up "All Good Things (Come to an End)" and Nelly's artistry here is one of them.

About Nelly Furtado

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 the new millennium, but her uniqueness didn’t cease there: she had an ear for elliptical yet memorable melodies, and a taste for Brit-pop balanced by an immersion in modern R&B and hip-hop. All this surfaced on Whoa, Nelly! and its hits "Turn Off the Light" and "I'm Like a Bird," but she really pushed her rhythmic influences to the forefront on Loose, resulting in "Promiscuous" and "Maneater," her biggest hits to date, suggesting that Furtado had many avenues yet to explore.

A native of the Canadian city of Victoria, Furtado was a musically precocious child, learning to play a variety of instruments and singing in choirs, spending as much time listening to modern R&B like Mariah Carey and TLC as she did Brit-pop, eventually winding her way toward hip-hop and Brazilian music. Upon her high school graduation, she headed to Toronto, soon joining the hip-hop duo Nelstar. Not long afterward, the duo of Brian West and Gerald Eaton, core members of the Philosopher Kings, produced the Furtado demo that led to her contract with DreamWorks.

Whoa, Nelly!, her first album, appeared in late 2000 and DreamWorks built the album gradually, capitalizing on strong reviews and a supporting slot for Moby, with the record truly taking off when "I'm Like a Bird" turned into a hit on a road that led to a Grammy for Song of the Year. This was one of four Grammy nominations and several hits including "Turn Off the Light," which displayed her rhythmic roots in a way "I'm Like a Bird" did not.

Furtado had a daughter as she was working on her second album, and her new role as a mother was evident on Folklore. Released in November 2003, it was an ambitious album with a world music aesthetic that garnered some good reviews along with some negative notices, and it failed to generate a hit. The album also suffered from under-promotion due to DreamWorks' acquisition by Universal Music Group, a situation that eventually led to Furtado landing at Geffen Records. Nonetheless, Folklore garnered some positive attention, with the single "Força" used as the theme to the 2004 European Football Championship.

Perhaps the under-performance and troubled released of that album pushed Furtado toward the musical makeover of Loose, the 2006 effort produced largely by hip-hop superstar Timbaland. Heavy on grooves and overtly sexual, Loose had a pair of smash singles: "Promiscuous," which was a chart-topper in the U.S., and "Maneater," which performed the same feat in the U.K. Both singles set the soundtrack for 2006 around the world, helping the album shift seven million copies internationally. Her star status fortified, Furtado took her time delivering a follow-up, releasing her first Spanish-language album, Mi Plan, in September 2009. A collection of remixes from Mi Plan appeared a year later, followed just a few weeks later by The Best of Nelly Furtado.

Her fifth studio album, the largely positive and upbeat The Spirit Indestructible, was released in fall 2012. Executive produced by Furtado, the album also showcased collaborations with a bevy of studio heavyweights, including Darkchild, Salaam Remi, Bob Rock, Fraser T. Smith, John Shanks, Tiësto, and others. The album produced several singles, including "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)," and while it failed to match the commercial success of Loose, it garnered favorable attention, including a nomination for Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards in 2013.

Furtado continued to make live concert appearances over the next several years, including singing the Canadian National Anthem at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. Also in 2016, she announced the title of her sixth studio album -- The Ride -- and released the moody, synth-inflected single "Pipe Dreams." Produced by John Congleton, The Ride was slated for release in early 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canad
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    December 2, 1978

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