Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Ontario, Canada
Re: Bring the Old Nelly Furtado Back!
Oh God, Powerless was one of her whackest songs ever.
Nelly is not THAT much different from the way she was before. Her first album had just as much hip-hop influence (Baby Girl, Turn off the Lights, Shit on the radio) and aggressiveness as Loose does. Her second album (which was her worst IMO) is where she took the departure from her true style and started making that World Music shit, and not many people liked that (as shown by record sales from that album).
I agree - A lot of people tend to forget that it seemed like this was the direction she was moving into after the first album. She did collaborative performances with Missy Elliott for a remix (which I believe was also where Nelly first met Timbaland?), so it seemed like that was a natural progression. She ended up doing the Folklore album, which was a big surprise to me, and unfortunately it just didn't catch on enough. I actually really liked that album, but I can see how it's definitely not for everyone. Nelly's shown with all 3 albums that she's not intent on staying in the same spot for more than one album and I think that's a good thing. She's not afraid to experiment and to dive into several styles of music, so you're going to get a mix of many different things from her. That's still evident even from listening to Loose. Yes there are some very commercial more obvious single-worthy songs, but it's not a collection of tracks that all sound like 'Promiscuous'. Nelly needed this to revive herself especially in the American market, and I'm sure part of her probably knew that too, but I don't feel she has sacrificed any kind of integrity in doing that because she is a multi-genre artist and has proven so through the course of all of her albums.
"Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. Any if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But he loves you."