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Whoa, Nelly!

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Dance & Electronic and World Music album by Nelly Furtado

Blame it on thebossa nova, but this chick has got soul. By filtering her Portuguese roots through the trip-hop she was weaned on, Nelly Furtado creates a hypnotic form of R&B/alternapop that at times sounds likeFiona Apple,Macy Gray, andGwen Stefaniall … see full wiki

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Whoa, Nelly! is completely an independent album.

  • Oct 6, 2006
After listening to `Loose' I thought I take a couple of steps back and listen to her debut album. I first heard Nelly on the radio with "I'm Like a Bird." It was definitely catchy but never bought the album because anyone can write one catchy song. After hearing this album I see that she has managed to create an album all her own and I also understand why she had accumulated so many fans. The cover of this album is very cute because it has this 70's appeal to it.

The first thing I notice in this album is the unique beats and rhythms. The sheer audacity of the album is really what won me over, though. It doesn't pull its punches, and much of it is clearly felt through her voice even though very nasal at times, is often balanced by her own lower, more soulful back-up. She often attaches a 40's jazz style vibrato to the notes she carries to smooth out her meowing.

Her lyrics vary from cut-&-dry to romantically poetic without being overly sentimental, and her accompaniment is touched by every side of the spectrum. There's everything from classical string arrangements, to metallic guitar riffs, with turn-table scratching, bouncing techno synthesizer, and her cultural, acoustic guitar in- between.

The tracks that I've gathered as my favorites are "Legend," "Well, Well", "My Love Grows Deeper Part 1," "I Will Make U Cry," "Scared of You,"(You liked me till you heard my s*** on the radio)", "Baby Girl," and "Turn off The Light." Each expresses strength and life very well. "I Will Make U Cry" as well as "Party" are very emotional songs, filled the rawest of raw feelings and I also love the instrumental introduction on "Hey Man."

This album did not disappoint me. I was very impressed of the uniqueness and originality of her first album. Rather than try to sound like others, she crafted her own style first time out. Nelly Furtado is an artist who obviously has a lot to say and for us to hear.

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Whoa, Nelly!
Label: Dreamworks
Artist: Nelly Furtado
Release Date: October 24, 2000

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