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The Spirit Indestructible

September 18, 2012

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...

Song Review

"Give It to Me"

December 14, 2006

A leaked cut from Timbaland's upcoming solo album, "Give It to Me" is a moderately catchy tune with a Timbabeat that balances clubby sleekness and tweety synths with pumped-up clip-clop percussion. Timberlake sing-raps a snaky melody in a big, powerful...

Album Review

Folklore

November 20, 2003

It's been three years since Nelly Furtado's debut — enough time for her to sell 2 million CDs, win a Grammy and have a baby. But the song remains the same: A slick multiculti hodgepodge, Folklore is a Whoa, Nelly! redux, without a single as good...

Album Review

Loose

June 15, 2006

While Missy Elliott cooks with the Neptunes, Timbaland is out to prove he can produce an omnipop multiformat blockbuster in the style of Gwen Stefani's Love Angel Music Baby — but without Gwen. Instead, he passes the mike to Canadian chirper Nelly...

Album Review

Whoa, Nelly!

October 12, 2000

This debut comes from a twenty-one-year-old first-generation Canadian whose restless ears never stray too far from her Portuguese roots. Whoa, Nelly! is spastic like high-impact hip-hop, melodically durable like big-time pop and soulfully, intelligently,...

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