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
  1. JulioA
    Apr 22, 2007
    10
    Sooooo good.
  2. TorikH
    Jan 14, 2005
    10
    This album was my favourite for 2003-2004. Stand out tracks are Powerless, Explode (my fav), Picture Perfect and Island Of Wonder
  3. NickW
    Dec 11, 2003
    10
    This album contains such a solid set of songs. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would really urge you to get it. It has something for everyone.
  4. CesarD.
    Sep 27, 2006
    10
    i think this is one of the best albums ever. why? cuz it`s deep, smart and first of all is unique.
  5. ParkerW
    Mar 20, 2004
    9
    I love this album, its different, Nelly deserves credit for not making a carbon copy of her debut.
  6. JuliaA
    Nov 28, 2006
    9
    up off her three albums, this one's my favorite. It has more inner ecletic,exotic feeling, and more honesty in its lyrics.this is a great athnic-groove album,live it up just like its title. whatever the critiques said, it's just a splash of numbers they put there.this album worth more than those numberings. Expand
  7. MK
    Dec 15, 2003
    0
    Die, unholy beast!!!!

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