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The buzz for Nelly Furtado's Loose began before the music was even recorded, with the announcement that legendary hip-hop knob-twirler Timbaland (Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake) would act as co-producer. The question on fans' minds: what would it sound like when a hip-hop kingpin collaborated with an artist who culls inspiration not just from pop music, but also her own Portuguese roots?
As it turns out, Loose incorporates a number of different styles along its journey, but is--surprisingly--primarily divided between '80s-influenced electronica and latin-infused pop. This disc is very different from Furtado's previous CDs, a fact immediately evident from track one, the new wave-affected "Afraid." A strong opener, the song is the beginning of a 1-2-3 punch of uptempo, infectious dance floor beats. The second cut, "Maneater," also proves to be incredibly catchy, but the verses and keyboard sound too much like they were plucked from electroclash artist Peaches' tree, and originality is lost. The perfect summer pop song follows, the massive hit "Promiscuous," which features clever interplay between Furtado and Timbaland on their sassy duet. From that point, Loose oscillates between the Miami-affected sounds of R&B, Latino pop, and reggaeton ("Showtime," "Te Busque," and "No Hay Igual" respectively) and the aforementioned '80s vibe ("Glow," "Do It"). Fans will hear Furtado at her vocal best on "Say It Right" and "In Gods Hands"--two of the most lyrically compelling tracks on the disc. --Denise Sheppard
Top Customer Reviews
"Afraid," "Maneater (particularly)," and "Promiscuous," are great. These tracks boast Furtado's conversion by giving us some catchy, up tempo, infectious dance floor beats. "Do It" sounds like Madonna's Burning Up, and there are some '80s-like sounds within the album. "No Hay Igual," is good she blends reggaeton and M.I.A. into this track. Latin pop ballad "Te Busque," is really nice I also like the Spanish version to it. "Showtime" and "All Things (Come To An End) are all great as well. If I had one complaint about this album is that the beat is so strong on some tracks that they overpower her vocals, but she makes up for it on the slower tracks.
`Loose' is the kind of album which is set to widen Nelly's fan base and introduce people to the rest of her work. The album is worth checking out, it's wicked.
Every song on it is good. I think my least favourite is Maneater which is still a pretty good song.
Best tracks - Afraid, Do It, Showtime, In Gods Hands, All Good Things Come to An End.
Te Busque is also really good. The chorus is in Portugese but the song is still amazing.
Most recent customer reviews
Loose is an amazing breakthrough album for Nelly Furtado! Every song on here is good! Seeing her twice in concert now I can also say her vocals have improved alot over the years as... Read morePublished on April 12 2007 by Shawn E. Payer
I am a fan of Nelly Furtado and Loose is one of the best albums, which I have listened so far. My favorite is Promiscuous, which is also hit at the radio stations. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2007 by Brandon Michael
This CD is just a very cool, laid back but definitely funky group of tracks. It's perfect for listening to at home alone or with company, in the car or anywhere. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2007 by Kiwi Bug
I guess a lot of people just assume that the shifting evolution of Furtado's sound means that she has sold out. I'm not completely sure that she has. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2006 by L. Skuce
This CD is awesome! I wasn't a huge Nelly fan before even though I bought Folklore. I bought this CD last week for the heck of it. I have already listened to it 20 times. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2006 by TC from Brampton
I am a diehard Nelly Furtado fan, so anything she releases I'm gonna buy.
Loose is a solid effort - nothing more, nothing less. Read more
I must confess, I was worried when I first heard "Promiscuous" late in 2005 when it was first leaked. Read morePublished on July 9 2006 by Damon