The Return of Nelly Furtado
POSTED ON 2/16/2006 | PERMALINK |0 Comments | BOOKMARK
Just last night I was listening to Furtado's first album on my iPod, wondering when she might get around to making a third. It turns out she and Timberland have been busy putting one together.
"We were thinking, 'Let's do modern Eurythmics -- You're Dave and I'm Annie. Let's make this modern, poppy, spooky music."
This sounds like a match made in heaven. While I think Timberland is brilliant, he's been in a bit of a rut lately. Nelly is exactly the collaborator he needs to inspire something new. And while Furtado's second album was good, it came nowhere near approaching the sincere eclectic eccentricity of "Whoa Nelly!".

Timbaland to the rescue?

For those who never heard more than I'm Like A Bird, Nelly Furtado might seem like just another young bubblegum pop singer (not that Bird should be considered bubblegum). In reality, she's a multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician who's very modern influences set her apart from just about everyone in the music business. Most sincere pop artists are influenced by older material, and most young pop artists have their music assembled for them. Furtado is something altogether different, which might explain why she never achieved the level of success of other pop artist who share her youth, looks, and gender. Of course, it might also have something to do with the color of her skin.

These superficial setbacks don't change the fact that her tunes are dense with strong hooks, drenched in a unique style, and full of the upredictability that is usually ironed out of modern pop music.

Can't wait to hear that new album.

Check out Nelly performing Legend, from Whoa Nelly!, live with The James Bryan Band.

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