Whoa, Nelly! - Nelly Furtado
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  • Summary: The debut album from Canadian/Portugese singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado is an ecelctic mix of musical styles.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. One of the year's most consistently pleasurable debuts.
  2. Though not much older than Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado is an artist whose music stands head and shoulders above the manufactured pop pap that rules the charts right now.
  3. The Canadian-Portuguese singer Nelly Furtado embodies classy cosmopolitan pop: Her roots obviously stretch across the globe, and her music by extension embraces a record store's worth of influences.
  4. From that first play, it's evident that Furtado is indeed an audacious songwriter, not at all hesitant to bare her emotions, tackle winding melodies, and bend boundaries to the point that much of the record sounds like folk-pop tinged with bossa nova and backed by a production designed for TLC.
  5. Whoa, Nelly! is spastic like high-impact hip-hop, melodically durable like big-time pop and soulfully, intelligently, sensuously international.
  6. 70
    Furtado occasionally comes off sounding like a modern day Billie Holiday with her crisp, yet subtle vibrato filtering through a slick production that holds the record together. But while one can easily detect a smattering of her worldly intentions, it's the big one eyed pop monster that seems to win out in almost every instance.
  7. Pitched somewhere between Lauryn Hill and Alanis Morissette, Furtado's songs - sung nasally in a style which occasionally recalls a less hysterical Gwen Stefani - are playful, unaffected and full of little surprises.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. May 23, 2011
    9
    Hopscotching consistently between pop genius and Bjork-esque outlandishness, this is a pop gem you'll be dying to hear all over again. It's a shame she had to grow from it musically. Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    9
    One of the best albums of that time. Insanely creative, inspirational, fresh and brave. The spirit that Furtado once had, lost quickly and never got back again. A must have, a must listen. Expand

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