Overrated to the extreme, this debut is not bad for a mainstream pop album, but it`s hardly as good as many claim. So Nelly Furtado makes a somewhat interesting mix here, combining diverse influences from hip-hop, bossa nova, trip-hop to fado or R&B. While it works at parts, it still is way too uneven and inconsistent as a whole. Furtado`s voice ranges from exotic and peculiar to tiresome and irritating, delivering a flawed hit-and-miss effort that at least tries to offer something new and refreshing to the current pop scenario. The album has a couple of good moments, like the melodic opener "Hey, Man!", the urban "Trynna Finda Way" or the catchy single "Turn off the Light", while most of the other songs are just curious yet nothing special experiments. Given that "Whoa, Nelly!" is just a debut, it indeed shows some promise, presenting a sometimes appealing roots fusion. It`s also interesting to see how she incorporates her portuguese backgrounds into her music.
Deserves a listen, still it`s far from a keeper.