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  • Summary: Furtado's first album after a six-year absence, The Spirit Indestructible was produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and features a cameo appearance by Nas.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 18, 2012
    88
    Ever confident of her allure both as a woman and an artist, Furtado on The Spirit Indestructible proves nearly untouchable.
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Yet for all its contradictions and clumsiness, it's hard not to admire The Spirit Indestructible, for it is that rare thing: a major-label album that bears the unmistakably messy, human stamp of an artist.
  3. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Furtado isn't entirely successful; at times, the album is more impressive for what she intends to achieve than what she accomplishes. And yet for all its contradictions and clumsiness, it's hard not to admire The Spirit Indestructible, for it is that rare thing: a major-label album that bears the unmistakably messy, human stamp of an artist.
  4. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    There's a fair bit of "positivity" gloop, such as Believers (Arab Spring), but not enough to ruin a decent album.
  5. 42
    A wasteland of electro-funk also-rans and half-baked nods to hip-hop. [14/21 Sep 2012, p.141]
  6. Sep 18, 2012
    40
    Main producer Rodney Jerkins keeps the beats tight and hooks polished, but Furtado's flaming identity crisis makes this cringe listening.
  7. Oct 23, 2012
    40
    Time for another rethink. [Nov 2012, p.96]

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 4, 2012
    10
    I love Nelly Furtado. She is a real musician. She writes her own song and can play the guitar. I love her style. Every record means aI love Nelly Furtado. She is a real musician. She writes her own song and can play the guitar. I love her style. Every record means a different genre. First Pop with "I'm like a bird" @dharma: Yes, its NOT Fly like a bird. Then she tried folk pop and rock. After this RnB and HipHop. 2009 she made a Spanisch album. On her best of she tried dance. Now you can listen to everything on "The Spirit Indestructible"... 10 points for a real artist- Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2012
    10
    This album is really good. Furtado is mixing a lot of musical styles, but it's done really smoothly and "effortlessly", which left me feelingThis album is really good. Furtado is mixing a lot of musical styles, but it's done really smoothly and "effortlessly", which left me feeling that TSI is very coherent album. This could be achieved only by someone who is writing and producing her own songs (and unfortunately really rare in nowadays pop). Pros: main theme of the album, Furtado lyrics, from songs: High life, Miracles and Believers. Cons: sometimes beat is a little bit too overwhelming (eg. Parking lot). In general: highly recommended. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2012
    10
    Nelly didn't need the current trend - and worn - of the U.S., to create a good album. Sounds original, different and exotic, and without doubtNelly didn't need the current trend - and worn - of the U.S., to create a good album. Sounds original, different and exotic, and without doubt the best song of the album is "Believers (Arab Spring)". Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2012
    9
    It's Been 6 Years in The Making from Her last English Language album The Global chart topping "Loose" And the latin Grammy winning SpanishIt's Been 6 Years in The Making from Her last English Language album The Global chart topping "Loose" And the latin Grammy winning Spanish Language Album "Mi Plan", Now Nelly Furtado Is Back With An Inspirational-Friendly Punch In The Face Album The Masterpiece "The Spirit Indestructible" I Will Take The Risk of Saying This Is Defiantly "Album of the Year" material , The album starts off with the club banging Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) while the reviews and critic for the song were mixed, i Myself find it quiet Annoying and Cool at the same time, The 2nd track on the album Spirit Indestructible While I find Uplifting and Inspirational i still feel that it should have got more work done on the track production wise and nelly's vocals, but on it all it's still a good track, The 3rd track "High Life' featuring Hip Hop Newcomer Ace Primo is said to be Ms.Furtado's favorite track on the album, while the "La La La's" are cute and the track talks about people who wish fame and fortune and Sometime not everything is shine and bright as it seems, i still didn't find the track to be the Wow track On the album, Now to My Picks for the high lights of the Album, the track such as "Believers, "Waiting For The Night", 'Miracles","Bucket List" and "The Most Beautiful Thing" Are Eargasim and make The Album Classic Nelly Swagg, I Give The Album A (B+) Good Job Nelly!! Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2012
    8
    Much better than that s**ts called "Loose" and "Mi Plan"! Without Timbaland and the spanish language, Nelly shows she can still make goodMuch better than that s**ts called "Loose" and "Mi Plan"! Without Timbaland and the spanish language, Nelly shows she can still make good music! My rating would be a 6, but i give this album an 8 because she released new stuff without copying what she had done in "Loose" or "Woah! Nelly" or "Folklore". Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2012
    7
    "Nelly presents a clean, fresher and different album [The Spirit Indestructible]... Its a great return to her, with her signature folk"Nelly presents a clean, fresher and different album [The Spirit Indestructible]... Its a great return to her, with her signature folk influences, but with all the wacky instrumentation (in "Spirit Indestructible" and "Big Hoops" for example), it feels unfinished." Collapse
  7. Oct 19, 2012
    4
    Curioso o novo álbum da Nelly Furtado se chamar "indestrutível" quando na verdade é um álbum "frágil". DevoCurioso o novo álbum da Nelly Furtado se chamar "indestrutível" quando na verdade é um álbum "frágil". Devo admitir que fiquei um pouco triste com o resultado final de The Spirit Indestructible já que havia certa esperança após o lançamento do primeiro single Big Hoops (Bigger the Better).

    O grande problema do álbum é que ele tenta ser conceitual jogando uma pomposidade na construção das canções que no final das contas faz com que Nelly parece deslocada, chata e pouco pedante. O que deve ter acontecido é simples: ela achou que a parceria com o produtor Darkchild poderia render mais que apenas uma boa música e fez dele o principal condutor The Spirit Indestructible. Um erro grande já que até outros produtores parecem perdidos como o ótimo Salaam Remi. O álbum fica preso a essa tentativa de parecer mais do que é de verdade apesar de ter uma ótima produção de engenharia na elaboração de arranjos. Só que a maioria parece datada e arrastada demais. Claro, se houvesse composições mais fortes tudo poderia ajudar o clima, mas a falta de substância emocional deixa a letras rasas. Há várias tentativas de colocar algo a mais no sentido das composições, mas nada muito relevante aparece. Nelly não tem um desempenho vocal ruim, mas sua voz meio que se perde em tanta grandiosidade sem foco. O mais íncrivel é que o álbum começa ótima com as duas canções que o abrem: Spirit Indestructible (resenha a seguir) e o já falado Big Hoops (Bigger the Better). Só que depois qualidade cai e nãos e levanta mais. Só quando a canção Cry, bônus da versão alemã, surge é que temos algo realmente bom mesmo sendo quase um b-side do Ray of Light da Madonna. Para piorar a situação, The Spirit Indestructible está flopando de maneira gigantesca que dá muita dó da Nelly. Contudo, há uma coerencia nos lançamentos de álbuns em inglês dela: o primeiro foi sucesso, o segundo flop, o terceiro sucesso e agora flop. Quer dizer, podemos esperar um próximo álbuns seja um estrondo, mas só espero que seja também em qualidade.
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