Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    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. A euphoric mix of wild Latin rhythms, electronic surges, soothing acoustic sounds and just about every instrument imaginable.
  3. Spin
    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]
  4. Folklore is essentially the sound of an artist taking a risk.
  5. Though few tracks on Folklore stand out, the album hangs together agreeably, thanks to its parade of offbeat influences and guest stars.
  6. Q Magazine
    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]
  7. Mojo
    Her melodies are stirring but the headstrong album only works to a limited degree. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  8. 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.
  9. Blender
    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]
  10. Folklore is a Whoa, Nelly! redux, without a single as good as "I'm Like a Bird."
  11. This album is nowhere near as imaginative or as interesting as its maker thinks it is.
  12. There's nothing on 'Folklore' that comes anywhere near the catchiness of anything off her debut.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 79
  2. Negative: 4 out of 79
  1. Aug 29, 2020
    Probably Nelly Furtado's best record to date, musically and lirically. Personal and intimate, yet full of energy and love for life.
  2. Apr 8, 2020
    Perfection from beginning to the end, nostalgic, so ahead of the time. Nelly gave us a piece of art. we’re counting stars
  3. Mar 31, 2016
    You ever have one of those rare moments where an album comes along and you love every single song on it? Folklore is it for me. It's my allYou ever have one of those rare moments where an album comes along and you love every single song on it? Folklore is it for me. It's my all time favorite album and Nelly Furtado's best work. Full Review »