“ Artist: Nelly Furtado / Audio CD released 2012-09-17 at Polydor Group „
BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Nelly Furtado has certainly made her mark in the music industry, being an accomplished singer/song writer that has been around for years. She released her first solo album 'Woah Nelly' in 2001 where she instantly made sound waves with her debut single 'I'm Like A Bird' which was a huge chart hit. The second song from her debut album was 'Turn off the Lights' and quickly removed the 'one hit wonder' stigma that most singers have when they have a huge first single. The success from Woah Nelly was long lasting and won her a Grammy award and Juno award in 2002. Her next album called 'Folklore' was released in 2002, and while it was not a huge chart hit like her previous debut album, it still allowed the spot light to remain on her as versatile and aspiring artist.
In 2006 she released her third and most successful album to date named 'Loose'. With the help of acclaimed producer Timbaland it was a worldwide success that triggered four number one hit singles including 'Man eater' 'Promiscuous Girl', 'Say it Right', and 'All Good Things'. After the success of 'Loose' Nelly Furtado took a well earned three year break and after which she released Spanish album 'Mi Plan' and then her latest album to date (2012) 'Spirit Indestructible'.
SPIRIT INDESTRUCTIBLE REVIEW
Before I bought this album I was already a fan of Nelly's, I wouldn't call myself a huge obsessive fan, but I am definitely someone who enjoys her music. I was very impressed with her previous album 'Loose' and it is still one of those albums that I still find myself listening to. When I heard that her new album was out 'Spirit indestructible' I was very eager to get it, being a fan of all her previous albums I had high hopes for this one. I was pleased to find that the album definitely contains all the elements that I have come to associate Nelly with; it contains powerful passion, catchy hooks, expressive vocals and musical sounds that had me hypnotised in no time.
TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW
High life is track that starts off with a nice almost hip hop style beat that enraptures Nelly's catchy chorus. The song basically is about the stereotypical prospect of living a high life, and that is not always what it may seem; hence where there are highs there are also lows. The rhythm of the beat is infectious and had me bopping my head back and forth. Her vocals are also impressive in this track switching from high to low keys effortlessly. For me the best part of the track is the fading in and out of the beat that seems to give the track a good kick and bounce.
Parking Lot is a great track that has funky feel to it. It was one of the two singles released from the album, and although I did not hear it much on the air waves it is a nice track that has elements of 80's styling along with similarities to M.I.A vocals. The song is about Nelly driving around the parking lot with her friends when she was younger. The fun she had during her joy ride is reflected well in the song reflecting a care free vibe to it.
The song reminds me a little of maneater, using a monster of a beat and electro sounds. She mostly speaks the lyrics rather than sings, but I feel this makes the track catchy and infectious. My favourite part of the track is when the chorus kicks in and has me singing every time. The production is well done for this track, it using trumpet sounds at the start and then kicking start the beat in full throttle straight after the first verse; All in all a very catchy track that is definitely a grower.
Waiting For The Night is track that starts off slow but then speeds up a notch after the initial start. Unlike the previous songs reviewed this song really shows off her vocal ability and how vocally versatile she is. The track is about her waiting for her love to come and hold her through the night, therefore is a love song. The song is fairly simple, many of the lyrics are looped and the beat is similar throughout the track. For me the track started off promising and could have been a beautiful track, but it seemed to lose its way after the first verse and I feel this one track that didn't need the use of a heavy beat. It would have been perfect with just her vocals, the violin and piano sounds.
Bucket List for me is a classic Nelly Furtado pop track that sounds like it was taken from her classic Folklore album. It has a great country style guitar sounds mixed with a great drum beat and results in a great well produced and sung track. The story behind this song is that she is afraid that she is running out of time to do all the things she wanted to do in her life. The track has a catchy chorus and beautifully produced combination of sounds that makes this song stand out from the rest. I love how the song fades out at the end, with beautiful piano music looping at the end.
Miracles is a stunning track that has genius vocal and musical arrangements. It has an oriental feel to it with beautiful background violin sounds echoing in the background. Vocally Nelly is able to hit the high notes brilliantly and sings the track so beautifully and effortlessly. The track spans for 3.32 minutes and for me it ends too quickly, it is a great track that should have lasted a little longer to show off the different world sounds it experiments with.
Believers is the ending track from the album and feels like a nice end to a warm and engrossing journey. It has a rocky feel to it, using drum kit sounds and guitar riffs to communicate the up beat style of the track.
FULL TRACK LISTING
1) "Spirit Indestructible" Written by Nelly Furtado, Rodney "Darkchild" Produced by Jerkins Jerkins, Furtado
2) "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" Written by Nelly & Rodney Prod by Rodney
3) "High Life" (featuring Ace Primo) Written by Nelly, Rodney & Nikko Warren Prod by Jenkins
4) Parking Lot Writtne by Nelly & Rodney prod by Rodney.
5) Something feat Nas Written by Nelly, Nas, Salaam Remi Prod by Salaam Remi
6) Bucket List written by Nelly, Rodney prod by Rodney.
7) The Most Beautiful Thing Written by Nelly, Remi, Hernst Prod by Remi
8) Waiting for the night written by Nelly, Prod by Nelly and Rodney.
9) Miracles written by Nelly, Rodney, Lindal Prod by Lindal.
10) Circles Written by Nelly, Chris Zane and Angelakos prod by Zane, Demo and Angelakos.
11) Enemy Written by Nelly & Remi, prod by Remi
12) Believers written by Nelly, Rick Nowels prod by Bob Rock, Nelly.
Overall I would say this album has a great catalogue of tracks and has a mixture of influences and sounds that you would come and expect from Nelly Furtado. It has songs that make you want to get up and move and tracks that simply have you listening in the car while you cruise down the motorway. I would say this album is a grower and after the first initial listen to the songs, it's after the second run through that you get addicted and truly appreciate what Nelly and her musical producers are trying to accomplish. It has elements of RnB, Hip-hop, Pop, folk, rock type sounds that can be tailored for all kinds of music lovers. Therefore I would definitely recommend this album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Spirit Indestructible
2 Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)
3 High Life featuring Ace Primo
4 Parking Lot
5 Something featuring Nas
6 Bucket List
7 The Most Beautiful Thing featuring Sara Tavares
8 Waiting For The Night
12 Believers (Arab Spring)