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Genre: Pop - Dance Pop / Artist: Nelly Furtado / Special Edition / Audio CD released 2006-06-12 at Polydor

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      17.04.2012 15:50

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      Her best album without a doubt

      I love this album. I bought it after seeing it cheap online and it still sounds fresh and new today.

      This is a very summery album from Nelly. It was released a few years ago now but it still sounds fresh and modern in 2012. The album contains a few singles and some collaborations that I was already familiar with before buying the album. My favourite song on the album HAS to be Say It Right, which is a pop/ RnB number featuring Timbaland. This song is very funky and I love the background beat to it. It's very addictive and very well produced. The album is worth buying for this song alone. I also love Maneater which is a little more RnB focused. Nelly sings this song really well and I love singing along to the chorus. Again, this song (and it's chorus) is very catchy and addictive.

      I love Nelly's unique voice. It's really strong and powerful and I love her foreign twang. The album mainly focuses on relationships and life lessons but each and every song sounds different. I hate albums that are samey but this album is far from that. All of the songs are obviously personal to Nelly and I love the emotional number All Good Things Come To An End, which they do. This song is very sad yet true to life. Her voice sounds beautiful on this and you can instantly tell that she's singing it from the heart. Stunning.

      I find this album very inspiring. I can relate to many of the songs as they really are personal and it's just stunning in every way.

      Her best album.

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      09.11.2009 19:06
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      Give it a try!

      After the Latino-tinged pop of Whoa Nelly and the calmer, more folk-sounding Folklore, Loose came as something of a surprise to me - as I'm sure it did to many Nelly fans! The unbelievably catchy, dancefloor filler Maneater set the tone for what was to come and I loved it from the first listen - the same could not be said for the rest of the album.

      Having said that, although it did take me a while to really get into it, I really do like this album. I think part of the problem is that it is just so different from anything Nelly has done before - which is indeed part of what makes her so good!

      This album brings back the Latin-influenced sound of Whoa Nelly, but it is darker and less poppy. This is certainly helped by the input of legendary producer Timbaland, whose influence on this album is clear!

      1. Afraid - Nelly Furtado feat. Attitude - A strong, distinctive song to open the album with - haunting and atmospheric.

      2. Maneater - The brilliant first single from the album - I defy you not to begin dancing to this!

      3. Promiscuous Girl - Timbaland takes a prominent role on this track with his 'conversation' with Nelly. A RnB-influenced track.

      4. Glow - A fast-paced electronic song.

      5. Showtime - Slows things down a bit, a nice one to relax to.

      6. No Hay Igual - Another upbeat song, sung mostly in Spanish - very catchy!

      7. Te Busque - a Latin pop ballad.

      8. Say It Right - One of my favourite tracks on the album - very haunting.

      9. Do It - Not the best song - sounds like a less good version of Maneater, but not dreadful.

      10. In God's Hands - A nice ballad.

      11. Wait For You - Another RnB/Latin-tinged song.

      12. All Good Things (Come To An End) - My absolute favourite song on the album, very sad and poignant.

      13. Let My Hair Down - This is the only track I would describe as filler.

      14. Somebody To Love - An upbeat song to round off the album with - you could do a sort of Spanish ballroom dance to this track!

      This album has definitely grown on me and I do listen to it a lot, especially in the winter as it makes me forget about the cold and evokes the atmosphere of both nightclubs and hot countries - a winning combination! The only truly annoying thing about the album is the amount of random talking Nelly and co do between tracks - this is really unnecessary and could easily have been dispensed with!

      Still, an awesome album.

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      08.06.2009 08:40
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      3rd studio album from Nelly Furtado

      Before 2006 if I'd have said to you 'Nelly Furtado', most people who followed the modern music scene would've been able to identify her as the singer behind that smash hit 'I'm Like A Bird'. Other than that Nelly's career had been extremely quiet. Despite two album releases that sold reasonably well and a dozen or so top 40 singles here in the UK, Nelly wasn't exactly setting the world on fire. However, that all changed when she became responsible for kick starting the Timbaland bandwagon and adopted a harder and raunchier image for her third studio album 'Loose' which has sold almost 8 million copies worldwide.

      Nelly herself is Canadian born though has Portuguese ancestors. Whilst 'Loose' is a bit of a lyrical let down compared to the deep and emotional 'Folklore', it covers new areas and sees Nelly experimenting different sounds and styles. Whilst many accused of her of selling out to benefit her career a lot of the song's on this album are merely just a step up of what she's done before.

      'Promiscuous' which features Timbaland is probably the biggest example of trying to fit in to America's urban dominated music scene and is easily the worst track on 'Loose'. The track might be half decent if it wasn't for Timbaland's lame attempts to sing. The eighties- style beats that capture the track are a great addition bringing a really catchy and strung together piece of music. Nelly's vocals are a disappointment though as she seems to be going for style rather than substance. In particular they sound too fake and out of tune with the song on the chorus.

      A lot of tracks on 'Loose' have the same eerie dark beats and hypnotic hooks which makes a lot of them sound extremely repetitive. It seems as if Nelly has been swallowed up into a huge black hole and has let all of her creative flaw slip in order to have a hit album. Opening track 'Afraid' has a very energetic and up tempo beat, but again her vocals are just painful to listen to. The effects used on the track and the harmonies mildly save the song but Furtado's attempts to rap the verses just further ruins the song. My faith in her musical credibility is restored when I hear 'Maneater'. Giving Nelly her first UK number one, the beat is just frickin infectious and Nelly is clearly on top form, working the song with a racy yet addictive energy that is sorely lacking from most of this CD.

      On the other hand, 'Glow' sounds as if she's singing through her nose though has a brilliant chorus that oozes appeal and probably set the template for Flo Rida's 'Low'. 'Showtime' follows but just reminds me like most of the album of songs that even Britney Spears would've rejected during her crazy years. Not even the beat can save this song. Nelly's vocals sound miles away and the typically constructed hip-hop beat in the background does nothing to strengthen the song's appeal.

      Nelly incoporates some of her roots into tracks 'Te Busque' and 'No Hay Igual' with most of the lyrics being sung in Spanish. Colombian muscians guest on the former song and whilst the two tracks are definitely miles ahead of what's come so far they're still not really enough to save the album though points do go to Furtado for experimenting and playing to her strengths.

      Bucking the usual album layout, 'Loose' has the majority of its stand out tracks on the second half of the CD. 'Say It Right' is probably the best song on the album with it's slow and thumping beat and the sultry and dangerous hooks that make the song eerie, passionate, addictive and just all round stunning. Even Timbaland's contribution adds to the awe of the record.

      Its strength lies in the different sounds and effects that have been laid over the track. It's spooky and mysterious and just takes over the entire room when its played. There's something deeply rooted in the song that easily makes this the album's stand out track and serves once more as a reminder of the kind of music that Nelly should be making.

      There are some cries back to Nelly's previous sound and image though for those who are missing it whilst listening to 'Loose'. 'In God's Hands' is a beautifully led ballad that showcases Nelly's vocals perfectly whilst 'All Good Things' is a stunning end to the album.

      Nelly sort of meets herself half way with a nod to her past self whilst also keeping the hooks and moody, far away type sound she's adopted on other 'Loose' songs as well. Co-written by Coldplay's Chris Martin it is a perfect end to a rather average album. The two bonus tracks that follow should have remained locked in some vault somewhere as they take away the beautiful and wonderous presence that 'All Good Things' left behind. I'd never heard something so awful when 'Let My Hair Down' started playing and even though 'Somebody To Love' was an improvement it did nothing to cease the feelings of disappointment with this CD creep back into my system.

      In conclusion, its fair to say that releasing a record like 'Loose' has only furthered Nelly Furtado's career rather than weakening it but aside from the major single releases, there's not really a lot here to get excited over. It's a huge disappointment that an artist who created such powerful and evoking music on 'Folklore' and even to an extent on her debut album can be caught up in the fickle music industry and release an album that has only a few flawless songs whilst the rest are just poor imitations of those very few stand out tracks. The vocals are very weak in places and there is certainly a lot of scratch your head moments when listening but the polished production and catchy beats will no doubt bring in the masses. However, change is good and Nelly has proven that she still has a lot of life left in her yet.

      The complete tracklisting is as follows:

      01 - Afraid
      02 - Maneater
      03 - Promiscuous [With Timbaland]
      04 - Glow
      05 - Showtime
      06 - No Hay Igual
      07 - Te Busque [With Juanes]
      08 - Say It Right
      09 - Do It
      10 - In God's Hands
      11 - Wait For You
      12 - All Good Things [Come To An End]

      Bonus Tracks:
      13 - Let My Hair Down
      14 - Somebody To Love

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        10.02.2009 23:25
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        great

        Having been rather disappointed with her last album, I was expecting something rather grand from this comeback. Nelly ditched the dirgelike folk pop and turned her attention to r and b flavoured tracks and it worked.

        Who is she:

        Canadian vocalist Nelly arrived on the UK music scene in 2001 with 'Im Like A Bird'.

        On this album:

        She proved her prowess with the storming 'Maneater' warning all and nabbing a number one single in the process. It is a ferocious hip hop tinged track with a grimey bassline and snarling vocals from Nelly. 'Promiscious' has powerful beats which resonate superly and a rhythm that you could grind to in the dark.

        Highlights:

        'Say It Right' used Timbaland's excellent production skills to great effect and has an amazingly hooky chorus and a beat that will drive you wild. Some of the best tracks are the slower numbers. I rate 'In God's Hands' and the lovely 'All Good Things', the latter is a step back to her older folky sound and has a haunting melody which gets under the skin.

        Bad tracks:

        Not really any awful tracks on here, the album is strong from start to finish with solid production throughout.

        Verdict:

        Much better than her last effort, this was a return to form, sexy vocals, bold beats and plenty of attitude done with style.

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          10.08.2008 16:09
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          A great album

          Nelly Furtado - Loose

          Nelly Furtado has loosened herself off when making this album and completley changed her style of songs. This album is so different to her first album Whoa Nelly where she released funky pop songs such as 'turn of the light' and 'im like a bird'

          This new album by Nelly has definatley got an RnB tint and she has made this clear by the collaborations she has encountered along the way. Some of these artists are Justin Timberlake and Timberland.

          The songs which have been released on this album are;

          man eater - the very popular over played song which went to number one with its catchy vibes.

          All good things come to an end - quite a slow song which is a bit mellow tune.

          Also, say it right and promiscious girl were also released.

          The track list for this album is as follows:

          1. Afraid - Nelly Furtado, Attitude
          2. Maneater
          3. Intro/Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado, Timbaland
          4. Glow
          5. Showtime
          6. Intro To No Hay Igual/No Hay Igual
          7. Te Busque - Nelly Furtado, Juanes
          8. Say It Right
          9. Do It
          10. In God's Hands
          11. Intro For Wait For You/Wait For You
          12. All Good Things (Come To An End)/Non-Musical Silence (Nelly Furtado/Loose)
          13. Let My Hair Down
          14. Somebody To Love

          Overall, a completley different album to her previous ones. The album is rnb vs pop music and is fun to listen to. This album will get you into the mood for a good night out.

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            10.08.2008 15:54
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            a good album by a woman who looks like shes on the way up still

            nelly furtado has certainly changed quite a bit since her debut album. that was more of a folky pop style where as this album she came back reinvented as a r & b slick chick with the heavyweights like timberland helping her out.
            ive always had a soft spot for nelly as she seems to really be into music which is what artists should be about and not the money.
            she hasnt got the best voice in the world but she's naturual and thats a big plus on my book.
            well i bought this album for two reasons well 2 songs really. i loved the song the mid tempo ballad all good things, but when she released say it right well that was such a great song i had to go and get the album.
            if i hear 2/3 songs then the album must be good was i right? Well it is a good album not as good as i hoped but its good and worth getting, even just for the track ( say it right ) and all good things.
            there are the other obvious hits man eater which is a great track and promiscuoys which is another good track and i believe it was no1 in the usa for ages.
            there are also some other good tracks and a few nice ballads.
            a good modern album but a woman who's not afraid to change.
            i,ll be intrested in what she comes up with next.

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              Although you didn't here of her much after the release of her first album and the release of this particular album, Nelly Furtado was still around making music however didn't quite make it back as she did with this particular album, Loose.

              I had a soft spot for Nelly Furtado when she released her first album Whoa Nelly, it was a likeable album, however not in the same context as Loose, in which she has followed a completely different style and the album itself is very varied, easy to listen to and enjoyable.

              The album was released in June 2006 and reached number 1 in America and Canada, and has a range of hits that have actually been number 1 in the UK. The album itself is quite moreish. The variety of tracks on the album keep you interested and listening to the whole album.

              In one respect when I listen to this album for some reason it reminds me of the earlier music that Madonna made in the 80's. The style in which she sings and the tempo and backing of some of the tracks are a little strange like some of which Madonna had sone during that period of time. In particular the likes of Do It, I find sounds very similar to Papa Don't Preach. Not sure whether this is what she anticipated in doing but good nevertheless.

              My favourite track on the album has got to be Say It Right, which was a single that she released on the album. It's a more slower track than others on the album, which majority are quite upbeat. Although its more of a ballad, there is a nice subtle beat in the background and the track itself is quite unique in its own right.

              Promiscuous, released and sang with Timbaland is a great track and they make great combination with none of them over powering each other which I find happens sometimes when they decide to sing together. You hear a variance in Nelly's voice in this track and it makes you realise that she can actually sing in different styles and pull it off successful rather than singing in the same style all the time.

              In God's Hands is a great track, very mellow and had got to be one of the tracks that has more meaning to it and you do actually spend the time to take more notice of what the actually lyrics are. Having an acoustic background and that I did find in this album, she uses a variety of different backing music.

              I can't fault this album at all and has definetely got to be considered a good come back for her.

              Track Listing

              Afraid
              Man Eater
              Promiscuous
              Glow
              Showtime
              No Hay Igual
              Te Busque
              Say It Right
              Do It
              In Gods Hands
              Wait For You
              All The Good Things
              Let My Hair Down
              Some Body To Love

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              29.04.2008 08:35
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              ...Introduction...

              The Portuguese Canadian Nelly Furtado is well known for changing her style. She started her music career with Whoa Nelly which featured some great folk tinged pop. On her second album she mainly recorded acoustic music and now for her third album she has changed her mood once again with a more R&B tinged style in which she worked with master producer Timbaland who seems to be involved in a new single every week.

              ...Track Listing...

              1 Afraid 3:35
              2 Maneater 4:19
              3 Intro/Promiscuous 4:08
              4 Glow 4:02
              5 Showtime 4:05
              6 Intro To No Hay Igual/No Hay Igual 3:46
              7 Te Busque 3:39
              8 Say It Right 3:42
              9 Do It 3:41
              10 In God's Hands 4:12
              11 Intro For Wait For You/Wait For You 5:52
              12 All Good Things (Come To An End) 5:11
              13. Let my hair down
              14. Somebody to love

              ...Album Review...

              1. Afraid

              This is an uptempo hip hop track with a big beat but Nelly's vocals are not up to her usual standard and this track is one of her most forgettable efforts. At the end their is a group of children singing and it doesnt work as well as it could.

              2. Maneater

              This is a much better track and follows the hip hop style of the opening track. This is much more focused and was a huge hit for her when it was released as a single, This is really great to dance to and you will be tapping your feet all the way through.

              3. Promiscuous (feat Timbaland)

              This was another huge single from the album and is one of my personal favourites from Nelly Furtado. It has another great beat and features the fantastic talents that Timbaland brings to almost everything he touches, this is a very flowing track.

              4. Glow

              This track is very different to anything she has done before and it is led by sounds similar to the best electronica music. It has a great beat and is very catchy plus it has a great flow to it which makes it all the more likeable.

              5. Showtime

              This is another track that is very different. It is a gorgeous ballad that has some drum kicks that sound amazing. I love this track. A really ambitious track which works superbly with the combination of piano and drums with the background sounds.

              6. "No Hay Igual"

              This is the first Spanish offering we have on the album, It is produced by Timbaland and has a great shuffling beat and some nice electronic sounds which add something different to the feel of the song. Not the best on Loose but still a good effort.

              7. Te Busqué"

              This song transaltes into English as Searched for You. It is a better track thatn No Hay Iglua and is sung in Spanish but starts in English. This ballad has a great flow and the Spanish/English combination works really well.

              8. Say It Right

              This song just knocked me for six when I first heard it. A thumping beat created by Timbaland is joined by music that sounds like the backing to "wear sunscreen" by Baz Lhurman. I love this track and it is a great one to dance to. A huge single.

              9. Do It

              This has an intro that sounds like Can't touch this with more low end. A very catchy track with some great electronic sounds in the background courtesy of Timbaland. A great track that is another great one to dance to.

              10. In God's hands

              This is really lovely and starts off with some soft keyboard and a light drum beat. This is a lovely ballad about the breakup of her relationship with her ex boyfriend who she had a child with. Heart wrenchingly beautiful and one of the best she is ever likely to record.

              11. Wait for you

              This has a strong R&B, hip hop feel with a strong beat and some hip hop like hooks. This is a good song but it doesnt have enough about it to be one of her best songs. Not that the verses are poor but It is a little too centered on the chorus in my opinion

              12. All good things (come to an end)

              This track was written with Chris Martin. Luckily it is a fine song and doesnt go the way that Martin's songs in Coldplay do and luckily he doesnt sing on the track. It is a very pleasant track with catchy drum beat and acoustic instruments. A nice track.

              Bonus Tracks

              13. Let My Hair Down

              This has a strong R&B feel and has some nice hooks although it never really reaches the heights of the best on the album but it's a worthwile track that has a Janet Jackson flavour. A decent enough track just not outstanding.

              14. Somebody to love

              No it isnt a cover of Queen's classic hit but a funky track which sounds a little bit like Massive Attack's it isnt a great song but it's a good way to end the album. A nice one to dance to.

              ...Overall...

              Though a couple of weaker tracks appear on this album Nelly Furtado has shown With her third album Loose she has further cemented her place as one of the biggest female singers around and one who can work with any kind of music. I love artists who are versatile and Like doing different things as they tend to be much more talented than people who only do one kind of style. A very good album that will leave people anticipating news on a new album.

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                06.08.2007 14:45
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                this isnt great but then again some songs are fab

                Nelly Furtado- Loose

                Tracks:
                Afraid
                Maneater
                Promiscuous
                Glow
                Showtime
                No Hay Igual
                Te Busque
                Say It Right
                Do It
                In God’s Hands
                Wait For You
                All Good Things
                Let My Hair Down
                Somebody To Love

                Review:
                I don’t know what it is about that man Timbaland that makes everyone he work’s with sound so good. For example, Justin Timberlake. He works well with Nelly Furtado here. It is amazing how he manages to collaborate so well with anyone he works with. He really is the reason why this album is any good.

                I really love Nelly Furtado. She’s one of them people where you love the good things they do (songs they sing) but can’t hate the bad ones…if you understand! Though sometimes she does sound like a constipated sheep (no offence but it is true!!!!) I really appreciate here good music and songs as well as pretty good lyrics.

                Due to the fact that I love this artist so much, I am unusually going to skim over the ‘average’ songs on this album and focus on the good songs.

                The good songs are:
                Maneater 9/10
                Promiscuous 10/10
                Say It Right 9/10
                All Good Things 9/10
                These four songs alone on the album would be great, but we wouldn’t have that would we?? It is quite rare for me to give 9’s and 10’s so easily!!
                Maneater is extremely catchy and is one that you will sing to yourself over and over again. But it is overshadowed by the success of Promiscuous. Due to Timbaland, this is a really good song. It is clubby, funky and just a great fusion of voices. I Love It! This is the greatest track on the album and it just shows what Timbaland can do to an otherwise ‘average’ song.
                Say It Right is also a good tune and deserves to be amongst the top four tracks and All Good Things is definitely worth a mention. Not only is it different to the others, but also it is well sung and you feel like listening to it over and over again.
                These four songs are Excellent (10/10!!!)

                The rest of the songs:
                These aren’t very good songs and I don’t want to give this album a bad review because of these songs. They aren’t as shocking as Gwen Stefani’s songs, but perhaps a bit more thought could have done the trick!

                Overall, this is a great album (minus the bad songs)!!
                I would definitely buy it when you are feeling bored and want something to listen to for the fun of it.

                60%!

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                  The third album release from Nelly in June 2006.

                  Nelly Furtado is a name that will be familiar to most of you who like to keep up to date with the modern music scene. It certainly isn’t a new name to the music scene as 27 year old Nelly has been producing music for the entirety of this century. The Canadian born singer first found fame in the year 2000 with the release of her debut album entitled “Whoa Nelly” which featured her very first hits “I’m Like a Bird” and “Turn Off the Light.” She later released her second album in 2003 entitled “Folklore” and then seemed to disappear from the music scene due to the birth of her daughter. She’s now back and seemingly better than ever with the release of her third album which is sure to be a huge hit for her, entitled “Loose.”

                  “Loose” was released in June 2006 and is apparently titled after the creative decisions she had to make while producing the album. In order to mark its introduction into the music world three singles were reduced simultaneously in different parts of the world; No Hay Igual, Promiscuous and Maneater, with the latter being the one released in England. Her previous albums were centred solely on an almost gypsy sounding light pop type of mood while her latest album moves on from this somewhat “dated” approach and instead incorporates a range of sounds from hip hop to pure pop and also includes a range of collaborations with some of the hottest producers around at present. The album has been categorised apparently as “punk-hop” which should give a general idea of what’s in store!

                  “Afraid” is the first song on the album and has a somewhat after midnight, eerie vibe to it. Her voice rides over the grunge type music and is strangely hypnotic throughout the track. At first I didn’t really take to this song as I thought it was a little oddly mixed in that it involves a grunge sounding opening, a hip hop verse and then a more pop sounding chorus. However after listening to it a few times it’s really grown on me and the sentiments behind it are very true. The gist of the song is about how the majority of people are afraid of making mistakes and what other people think of them however, we are only human and therefore shouldn’t be too afraid. “You speak out all you feel is defiance, all you need is some self reliance, cos this world is gonna always try us, and all you wanted was to run for cover.” The second track on the album is the massive hit “Maneater” which reached number one in the UK charts not so long ago. It’s a brilliant track, a mixture of brash sounding pop lyrics with an underlying beat which reverberates on the r n b sounds of the 21st century. For once a song that encompasses the true meaning of girl power has been produced, and due to this it was bound to be a brilliant hit! “Maneater, make you work hard, make you spend hard, make you want all of her love, she’s a maneater, make you rob cars, make you cut cards, make you fall real hard in love.” I’d have to give this track 10 out of 10, it’ll have you hooked and singing along before you know it!

                  “Promiscuous” is the next song up on the album and is a collaboration with the American hip-hop artist Timbaland which should really give you a hint as to the sound of the track. It’s got a great beat to it – think of any of the Pussycat Dolls latest tracks and you’ll have an idea – and even better lyrics! The tune itself actually sounds quite sensual in an appealing sense; it’s got a cushiony sounding beat with a hint of 80s sounding music mixed in for good measure. The general layout of the track is almost like a conversation in that Nelly will sing something and then Timbaland will say something, with linkages in the script. What is strange is that it sounds so unlike Nelly Furtado – she’s best known for singing sweet pop songs rather than raunchy hip hop tracks initiating sexual exchanges! However she can pull off the raunchy sounds shown in this track, and she does it well! “(T) You might be the type if I play my cards right, I’ll find out by the end of the night. (N) You expect me to let you just let you hit it, but will you still respect me if you get it?”

                  The fourth track on the album is “Glow” and is quite odd to say the least. It’s got a quirky Madonna style to it almost with jumpy electro beats running throughout it giving it an undeniable 80s feel. It’s basically about how being with a certain someone can make you feel so good about yourself, almost as if you are glowing. “People say I’ve gone crazy, cos I’m around you, that I’m not the same lady, cos I’m around you.” I’d have to say I’m not overly taken with this track and it is one that I usually skip, it’s just a little odd sounding and not really one I find I can sing along to. This is followed by “Showtime” which is a more pop ballad type track with a slower beat and more soothing lyrics. This is the first track on the album where Nelly’s previous influences and sounds can be seen a little. It’s also the first track on the album which has strong love elements to it and does actually sound like a love ballad, “Put on your best clothes, we’ve been waiting too long for this moment, I’ll put on my best smile, I’m shining inside out, I’m so proud of our love.”

                  The next song up is the final of the three that were released simultaneously to mark the new album, titled “No Hay Igual.” As you can tell from the foreign title the song is not in English which always reduces my general liking of any song as I find it harder to sing along and understand what’s actually meant by the lyrics. It’s been referred to as an upbeat type of reggae; it’s sung in Spanish and does have a more pop feel to it rather than typical salsa music. I have to be honest and say it’s by far from one of my favourite tracks on the album and again is one I do tend to skip. “Te Busque” is up next and despite the foreign title the majority of it is actually sung in English – thank goodness! It’s a typical ballad, with sweet sounding backing music and calming, soothing lyrics being used throughout. The chorus does venture towards being a little more up-tempo with a salsa feel to it but fails to ever really get going in my opinion. The lyrics are quite relaxing and meaningful also to a certain extent, “I’ve been high, I’ve been low, I’ve been fast, I’ve been slow, having no where to go, missed the bus, missed the show.”

                  The eighth song on the album is “Say It Right” and the foreign spurt does seem to be over. This is quite a jumpy, electro sounding track which again brought Madonna to mind when I first heard it. There’s a very disjointed feel to the lyrics which are sung in short spurts, almost breathless sounding – hence the jumpy feel to the track. “Oh you don’t mean nothing at all to me, no you don’t mean nothing at all to me, but you got what it takes to set me free, oh you could mean everything to me.” Strangely enough from that short snippet of lyrics the song is actually advertised on certain websites as a love ballad – I’d have to disagree with the latter part of that as there is surely nothing ballad sounding with this track! It’s followed by “Do It” which gives a refreshing change to the album as it’s got a strong hip hop mixed with electro feel to it. The gist of the lyrics revolve around sexual innuendos which again is not what we’re used to from pure faced Nelly Furtado, but she does pull it off – not literally! I really like this song and can see it being played it bars and clubs around the country – a great electro sounding hip hop track that really does stick in your mind. “We're sitting real close and I can feel your breath, I wanna touch your hand but I lay back, cos you know this thing could spiral in the night, I've changed my mind I'm ready for you this time.”

                  “In God’s Hands” follows which can easily be described as a low key, soft ballad. I really like this track, it’s ideal to relax to and the sentiments behind the lyrics are wonderful. Upon first hearing this track I did think of a slow ballad of Charlotte Church or something by the light tones of Lucie Silvas for example. The backing music is very light and melodic belonging easily to the soft pop genre. There is a story told by the lyrics which always adds enjoyment to any song and this one I can identify with as well. The basic story is how she has been having a relationship with someone but then it seems to just wind down and finally end – often as a result of a lack of effort on both sides. “I looked at your face, I saw that all the love had died, I saw that we had forgotten to take the time, I saw that you couldn’t care less about what you do.” The eleventh song on the album “Wait For You” tries to create a more upbeat mood with a safe pop song mixed with r n b essences. It’s a little bit hit and miss really, not one that sticks in my mind at all but when listening to it now I have to admit I do quite like it. Again it’s safely within the field of love “I'll wait for you until the heavens fall, I'll wait for you until the end of the world, I'll wait for you until I no longer breathe, I know that it's not impossible.”

                  Onto the final three songs of the album, as you can probably tell this is slightly longer than most albums with the average album length apparently being eleven songs – with this one you get 14! “All Good Things” doesn’t really stick in my mind as a particularly good track really. It has a melodic feel to it and where her voice goes higher there’s certainly an eerie feel to it. This eerie feel in a sense reflects the mood which is talking about why all good things come to an end sooner or later – hence her reflecting on the past creates a ghostly mood, “Flames to dust, lovers to friends, why do all good things come to an end?” Upon reading the title to the next track “Let My Hair Down” I did think of an upbeat, good time party track but sadly I was a little disappointed. It’s got another Madonna-esque feel to it with an 80s vibe running throughout and some electro feeling beats at the start over which Nelly almost seems to be half rapping and half talking. Again it’s very sexually orientated in the lyrics, “ The song never really gets going, remaining at the same beat and same level throughout which gives the result of a slightly monotone, non progressive track. “Baby I wanna let my hair down, baby I wanna let my hair down, bring me something that’ll make me jump around” (not this song then). Finally “Somebody to Love” changes the mood entirely with an almost country style opening before verging on some sort of country type rock?! Besides this I do actually quite like this track, it’s got the drums as the backing throughout the chorus which proves to create an addictive beat to the track. “I know I’m missing for a word, I’m not trying to say a thing, I’m trying to live in this moment.”

                  So overall I’d have to say that Loose is perhaps a good and bad album in a sense, with different sounds merged together and largely inconsistent to say the least. There’s no one genre that you could argue the album belongs to, instead it incorporates pop, hip hop, country and many other sounds into a fourteen track album. But is it successful? I’d have to say yes and no to this – there’s quite a few hit tracks on this album that I absolutely love including Maneater, Promiscuous and In God’s Hands. On the other hand there are quite a few tracks that I skip through repeatedly as I just don’t think they are worth listening to. It’s certainly new and it’s definitely sexy, but is it Nelly? I’m not so sure.

                  Would I recommend it? If you’re a Nelly fan then I’d probably say don’t buy it as there’s very few traces of her old sound on this album, however if you’re willing to embrace change as she seems to have done then out with the old and in with this new album!

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                  Disc #1 Tracklisting
                  1 Afraid - Nelly Furtado, Attitude
                  2 Maneater
                  3 Intro/Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado, Timbaland
                  4 Glow
                  5 Showtime
                  6 Intro To No Hay Igual/No Hay Igual
                  7 Te Busque - Nelly Furtado, Juanes
                  8 Say It Right
                  9 Do It
                  10 In God's Hands
                  11 Intro For Wait For You/Wait For You
                  12 All Good Things (Come To An End)/Non-Musical Silence (Nelly Furtado/Loose)
                  13 Let My Hair Down
                  14 Somebody To Love