The Spirit Indestructible

On her fifth LP, Nelly Furtado tries awfully hard to be Rihanna – when she's not trying to be M.I.A. or Madonna. As for trying to be Nelly: That happens in songs like (gulp) "Bucket List" and (double gulp) "Believers (Arab Spring)" when Furtado lets her inner hippie emerge. Main producer Rodney Jerkins keeps the beats tight and hooks polished, but Furtado's flaming identity crisis makes this cringe listening.

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From The Archives Issue 1166: September 27, 2012
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