CD Review: Nelly Furtado - Loose
Published July 04, 2006
Nelly Furtado, known for her hits "I'm Like a Bird", "Turn Off The Light", and "Try," is riding high on the success of her first release "Promiscuous" off her latest album Loose. "Promiscuous" is a clear sign that Furtado has departed from her past musical masterpieces to create something a bit more commercial (with the help of Timbaland of course).
After listening to this new album, two words come to mind: Sell Out. This album is such a drastic change from her usual emotionally powered songs that I cannot think of any better description. Do I love to dance to "Promiscuous"? Yes. Do I appreciate the lack of passion in this album due to the want to sell, sell, sell? The answer is a big fat no. The last thing I want to be feeling after listening to music is uninspired, which is just what this album is - uninspiring.
Her music used to be about empowering young women, hope for lovers, and advice for young adults. It would appear that after giving birth, the only advice she has to give listeners is one of promiscuity. Gee, thanks. But hey, sex sells and music is a big business these days. We must not make the beast that is the record label upset.
The songs are much more upbeat and not recognizable as the Nelly Furtado that has come to make our ears flutter with her beautiful eclectic sounds that infused so many different instruments that somehow, magically, came out great. Take for example the song "Do It". What a blast from '80s past! Here we have a song that would be a huge hit in the '80s thrown in on an album that so desperately wants to score a club hit so that teenagers will download the song as a ringtone. It's a mess. Should we blame Timbaland for the need to clean up aisle 3?
There are a few songs that I enjoyed, however. "All Good Things (Come to an End)", "Say It Right", and "Maneater", which has a very different sound but has a wildly enjoyable chorus. These songs are all distant echoes of what Nelly Furtado's music used to be and sound like.
Music is supposed to be from the heart. It should have a point and if that point is to exist solely for the purpose of making money, you've truly lost touch with your art form. It's a shame this album is so confused as to what gender it's supposed to be. I know people will agree that they would have expected much more from a talented storyteller and musician like Nelly Furtado.
- CD Review: Nelly Furtado - Loose
- Published: July 04, 2006
- Type: Review
- Section: Music
- Filed Under: Music: Pop
- Writer: James Robert
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