Canadian singer Nelly Furtado has had a long vacation from the pop industry since her last album Loose in 2006, on which she successfully collaborated with renowned artiste and producer Timbaland, illustrating a more commercialized sound compared to her more ‘hippy’ roots. Since then, she has been working on a Spanish album, Mi Plan, which was released in 2009 and now with the release of The Spirit Indestructible, it seems the artiste has returned to the industry slightly lost, with musical elements stuck in the past and a flash of new vibes, which are an attempt to reintroduce herself as current and on trend- aiming for the same success and freshness as other female artistes in the charts, such as Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
By trying to embrace her folk-style musical roots and her successful R&B style, which worked so well in 2006, Furtado has released an album that seems more of an identity crisis and odd compilation of the two, than a reinvention of her. However, after being heavily influenced by Timbaland on her previous album Loose, Furtado works with Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, the American songwriter, record producer and musician who has worked with huge artistes like Michael Jackson, on tracks which produce undeniable, infectious beats. The title track and tracks such as Parking Lot emphasize the artiste’s everlasting talent to create upbeat, foot-tapping music via the use of good hooks and nasally vocals.
Although Furtado is embracing the current trend of electronically influenced music with strong synthesized beats, many fans of her original music may be disappointed as they were with her hit album Loose, in her failure to be true to her folk roots. However, this may not simply be the case, as it seems the artistes music style has inevitably evolved and changed over the years rather than remaining predictable. Furtado has released a different styled album, implying her gain of wisdom in lyrics such as “All I want is to sleep good at night, look myself in the mirror knowin’ that I did right,” in the song High Life.
When describing her work on the album and her hopes for it, Nelly Furtado said, “I began writing these songs around the time I released my Spanish album Mi Plan. I was in a great head-space feeling refreshed and ready to really deliver in English again. This album is all about positivity, youth, good energy, and the relentlessness of the spirit. I want people to live this music the way we did when we wrote it. I want them to jump, dance, scream, laugh, cry, love, and vibe to it, and to turn it up very loud everywhere.”
In the past the Canadian artiste has been described as a ‘sell-out’ in the release of previous songs such as Promiscuous and Man Eater in 2006, during her immersion into R&B and hip-hop music, yet there are still moments of hope and empowerment on her latest album in the calmer more simplistic tracks such as Be Ok and Thoughts, that are bound to appeal to her oldest and most loyal fans. The album has been available since September and many promising singles are rumored to appear in the charts throughout the year.
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