Furtado Made Over
Nelly Furtadoâ€šÃ„Ã´s latest CD, Loose is a schizophrenic jewel. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s all over the place with no single defining sound but Furtado has the confidence and talent to pull off an entertaining hip-hop, dance, reggaeton and ballad-driven CD. Her sophomore album â€šÃ„ÃºFolkloreâ€šÃ„Ã¹ faded into obscurity, but Loose makes Furtado relevant, saving her from one-hit wonderness, based on her hugely successful 2000 single â€šÃ„ÃºIâ€šÃ„Ã´m Like a Bird.â€šÃ„Ã¹Various producers had a part in Loose, but Timbaland primarily produced the CD. He and Furtado have chemistry in front of and behind the microphone. He also provides the vocals on the infectious â€šÃ„ÃºPromiscuous,â€šÃ„Ã¹ infusing the hip-hop track with a slick groove.
The Jamaican and Latin-influenced â€šÃ„ÃºNo Hay Igual,â€šÃ„Ã¹ featuring Puerto Rican singer RenâˆšÂ© PâˆšÂ©rez, is fiery. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s a dance song that feels street. No matter thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s itâ€šÃ„Ã´s primarily in Spanish, itâ€šÃ„Ã´s the kind of song that makes one want to sing along.
ame The beginning of the surprisingly powerful â€šÃ„ÃºAfraidâ€šÃ„Ã¹ sounds like Euro-pop meets hip-hop as Furtado sings the hypnotic hook, â€šÃ„ÃºYou’re so afraid of what people might say / But that’s okay cuz you’re only human.â€šÃ„Ã¹ It ends with the same verse sung a capella with a group of vocals.
ame The candid â€šÃ„ÃºIn Godâ€šÃ„Ã´s Handsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ finds Furtado sounding nothing like her â€šÃ„ÃºPromiscuousâ€šÃ„Ã¹ alter ego. Here, she conjurs the soulful voice behind her debut, â€šÃ„ÃºWhoa Nelly.â€šÃ„Ã¹ She mourns a relationship thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s over but with a sense of hope rather than anger at the past. She begins with â€šÃ„ÃºWe gave a lot but it wasn’t enough / We got so tired that we just gave up,â€šÃ„Ã¹ but ends with â€šÃ„ÃºOh I want it back / Oh just what we had.â€šÃ„Ã¹
With so many music styles represented on Loose, it would seem like the versatile Furtado has bitten off more than she can chew. Not true. She and Timbaland have created a likeable CD with something for everyone.