Metascore
60

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. Q Magazine
    60
    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]
  2. Mojo
    60
    Her melodies are stirring but the headstrong album only works to a limited degree. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  3. 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.
  4. Blender
    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]
  5. Folklore is a Whoa, Nelly! redux, without a single as good as "I'm Like a Bird."
User Score
8.9

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
    10
    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
    10
    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
    10
    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 »