Folklore - Nelly Furtado
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  • Summary: The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter's sophomore effort comes a full three years after her debut, 'Whoa, Nelly!'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Folklore is about the joy of making something new out of random elements, and few other albums this year have captured that pleasure as well as this one does. [28 Nov 2003, p.123]
  2. 75
    While the vocals and arrangements are more ambitious and arguably better, there's less free play, less of the goofiness and kewpie-dancehall scatting that defined her. [Jan 2004, p.98]
  3. A euphoric mix of wild Latin rhythms, electronic surges, soothing acoustic sounds and just about every instrument imaginable.
  4. At times [Folklore] is too self-satisfied, throwing everything available into the mix in what seems like a desperate bid to grab some cred. [Jan 2004, p.114]
  5. While there are some interesting musical moments on Folklore -- enough to make it worth a listen -- the dogged seriousness and didactic worldview become a bit overbearing not long before the album is a quarter of the way finished, particularly since the fusion of worldbeat and adult alternative pop often seems heavy-handed.
  6. 40
    There's clearly imagination here, with strange little sonic tweaks and tics at every turn, but only once does it gel into something satisfying. [Dec 2003, p.141]
  7. There's nothing on 'Folklore' that comes anywhere near the catchiness of anything off her debut.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 2 out of 30