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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. 80
    Weaving fragmented elements of hip-hop, folk, and bossa nova, Whoa, Nelly! is one wildly entertaining multicultural jam.... Though her lyrics are a lot smarter than today's average pop offering, they do wear the more common clichés of hippy-chick wisdom a little too proudly at times. But that's OK: If she's got to get her cosmic ya-yas out, the first record's the place to do it.
  5. 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.
  6. Whoa, Nelly! is spastic like high-impact hip-hop, melodically durable like big-time pop and soulfully, intelligently, sensuously international.
  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. DannyH.
    Oct 8, 2001
    10
    i give this album a 10 because i like nelly's music and i love her cd!! she's a great women and i hope that she kan make a lot of i give this album a 10 because i like nelly's music and i love her cd!! she's a great women and i hope that she kan make a lot of cd's!!! nelly success with your sing career!!! greetings and kisses ..... me! Expand
  2. GabrielleB,
    Jul 16, 2001
    10
    I love this CD! In fact... I love Nelly Furtado! Her music is FABULOUS! It is so different from today's bubblegum pop shit! I wish there I love this CD! In fact... I love Nelly Furtado! Her music is FABULOUS! It is so different from today's bubblegum pop shit! I wish there were more artists showing their true expressions as she does in her album.... It brings joy to me every time I turn on my CD player... it really does.... Expand
  3. Elly
    Nov 8, 2009
    10
    One of the best albums of the new millennium. A few months after buying it I fought the special edition for almost thirty bucks and it was One of the best albums of the new millennium. A few months after buying it I fought the special edition for almost thirty bucks and it was worth every penny. This is one of those rare albums that i keep listening to even though I've fad it for years and years. She's a super talented songwriter, and has a unique writing style which is stream-of-consciousness so she is always singing in unexpected ways and there a lot of over- lapping vocals . I love her voice which is so unique, but throughout the cd she plays around with her voice going from nasally (which instead of making her sound like an inexperienced singer whose voice has not yet matured, sounds playful) to using her head voice quite expertly ( #&!* On The Radio) and singing those bigger notes (Hey Man!,) and even rapping or flowing (I will make You Cry, Legend, Trynna Find A Way) and she manages to sound like completely different when she harmonizes and sings the backup vocals. I love how she mixes musical genres and makes it work without sounding like it was too overdone. I recommend it if you like adventurous music, pop that is mixed with bossa nova, R&B, Trip-hop, samba, fado, folk, great lyrics. Get out there and get it! It's not too late!! Expand
  4. WolfT.
    Oct 25, 2001
    10
    What can I say?? It's just fuckin' awesome!!!! The best album in many years because of its rich music content.
  5. OrlaA.
    Jun 20, 2002
    10
    One Word : AWESOME! I wish there were more Nelly Furtados in the world. She is the best artist out today, no doubt about it.
  6. zigiz007
    Mar 17, 2007
    10
    great album
  7. BabyAngelMartinez
    Sep 8, 2003
    1
    I only like one song, that's why I gave it a 1.

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