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by Nelly Furtado

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With her daring sophomore album, Nelly Furtado emerges as the anti-Britney. Though the two are roughly the same age, share a similar catch in their voice, and released 2003 albums within a week of one another, Nelly is just the opposite of the industry puppet that is Ms. Spears. Folklore is some of the most daring pop delivered by a Top 40 artist, and not just


With her daring sophomore album, Nelly Furtado emerges as the anti-Britney. Though the two are roughly the same age, share a similar catch in their voice, and released 2003 albums within a week of one another, Nelly is just the opposite of the industry puppet that is Ms. Spears. Folklore is some of the most daring pop delivered by a Top 40 artist, and not just sonically. Like Britney, Nelly's hung up on her past, but unlike America's favorite schoolgirl-gone-bad, Nelly writes real songs about it. The atypical "Saturdays" (and it's hard to say atypical on an album full of varied, stand-alone songs), for example, remembers the weekends cleaning hotel rooms with her Portuguese-immigrant mother. "Fresh Off the Boat" finds strength in such privations -- "My hands are dirty, I like 'em that way / Shows who I am,'' she croons, "The plastic on the furniture suits me just fine," before breaking into a funked-up Portuguese lullaby. The lovely "The Grass Is Green" explores regret with a lyric worthy of Nashville's best: "Oh yeah, the grass is green / But I think I stained my jeans / And everyone can tell I've been in it." Instead of chasing trends, Nelly blazes trails, incorporating unlikely instrumentation (banjo by Béla Fleck, strings by the Kronos Quartet, swooping and diving electronics courtesy of producers Track & Field), rhythms from Brazil and other Afro-related beats, and offbeat collaborations (in addition to the above, Brazilian star Caetano Veloso deuts on "Island of Wonder." Given such uncommon rein over her material, Folklore defies expectations, surpassing the hip-hop pop of her hit debut. Forget what Britney says, it's Nelly who's in the zone.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Portugese-Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado's 2000 debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, hit like a bolt out of the blue, its single "I'm Like a Bird" becoming a runaway smash. On the follow-up, Folklore, she asserts her staying power straight out of the gate; the first song finds her repeatedly declaring that she's not just a "One-Trick Pony." Where Whoa, Nelly! mixed pop, rock, and R&B production techniques, its successor goes further. The aforementioned opening track, for example, features accompaniment by renowned new music ensemble the Kronos Quartet, while "Forca" finds Furtado's celebratory exultation framed by the banjo arpeggios of Béla Fleck. The album closes on the quiet, introspective "Childhood Dreams," which slowly builds up moody, atmospheric layers of texture that neatly sign off on Furtado's bid for artistic longevity.
Middle Eastern, hip-hop, pop and country flavors merge into a wonderful, though at times jumbled, disc.
People Magazine - Chuck Arnold
Thanks to quirky vocals, more introspective lyrics, and a sense of musical adventure, Furtado easily avoids the sophomore slump.

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Performance Credits

Nelly Furtado   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Bryan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Caetano Veloso   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kronos Quartet   Strings,Guest Appearance
Alex Alessandroni   Piano,Harmonium
Steve Carnelli   Banjo,Mandolin
Hank Dutt   Viola,Group Member
Béla Fleck   Banjo
David Harrington   Violin,Group Member
Bob Leatherbarrow   Vibes
Russ Miller   Percussion,Drums
John Sherba   Violin,Group Member
Field   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Harmonium,fender rhodes,Pedals
Joey Waronker   Drums
Brian West   Group Member
Lil' Jazz   scratching,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jon Levine   Piano
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Slide Guitar
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Vonette Yanaginuma   Harp
Jennifer Culp   Cello,Group Member
Gerald Eaton   Group Member
Daniel Stone   Percussion,Conga,Caxixi,Cajon,Shekere,finger cymbals,Charrasca
Mike Fratantuno   Upright Bass
Track   Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Allan Molnar   Vibes
Mike Einziger   Guitar
Jarvis Church   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Orly Bitou   Cello
Gurpreet Chana   Tabla
Luis Simãõ   Accordion
George Doerling   Dulcimer,Banjo,Mandolin,Cavaquinho,Hawaiian Guitar
Kyle Erwin   Organ,Chimes,Pipe
Manuela Furtado   Human Whistle
Rafael Gomez   Acoustic Guitar,Shouts
Amanda Goodburn   Viola
Jef Ten Kortenaar   Violin
David Wadley   Violin

Technical Credits

Anne Dudley   Composer
David Campbell   Arranger
Jaques Morelenbaum   Producer
Field   Introduction
Brad Haehnel   Engineer,Visual Effects Designer
Brian West   Composer,Engineer
Lil' Jazz   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Programming,Producer
Marcelo Sabóia   Engineer
Gerald Eaton   Composer
M. McLaren   Composer
T. Horn   Composer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Nelly Furtado   Composer,Producer
Stephen Prutsman   String Arrangements
Saint Warwick   Cover Photo
Track & Field   Programming,Producer
Joseph Lobato   Engineer
Joe Labado   Engineer
Manuela Furtado   translation

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Folklore 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this Cd is really good. I am portuguese so i can understand most of it and i really love Forca !!!!!!! that is the best song... 2 me thats the best song you've ever mad !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very pleased with this album. My first Nelly Furtado venture and not to be my last. The title within itself explains the rhythms and beauty of the album. It lifts you and brings you down. You feel the rhythms pulsate within the core of your being. Forca is the best song the album and it moves me to great happiness, although i have no clue what she is saying it is wonderful and uplifting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly Furtado is one of the best artists out right now. I love the way she has all these different sounds in her music. Also she not afraid of bringing her roots into the song. The fact that she puts some Portuguese in Her songs is remarkable. Me being Portuguese my self its a pleasure to hear it. Keep up the great job
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I've only listened to the clips but from what I can hear, Nelly is at it again with very powerful lyrics and points. The reason I give it a fourstar and not a five is because I really loved all the upbeat, fast, reeeally interesting songs that Nelly did in her first CD and this CD seems to be lacking some. As I have only listened to the clips, I am still buying the CD whenever I have the chance, and maybe my opinion will be swayed. I encourage everyone to buy this, keep your music alive Nelstar!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i found this album really great!! i have appreciated all the songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Nelly Furtado since her first album. When I recieved Folklore as a gift and I heard it for the first time...I honestly didn't understand it. And the sound was so different from her first album. As I listened to it more I LOVED it. She has really matured from her first album and it sounds amazing. I love this album more than the first one because this one is so grown up. It's incredible and it's great to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really didn't give Nelly Furtado any time when she first came onto the scene;however, this time it's different. I really got into the multi-cultural stuff, for instance the songs"Forca" and "Fresh off the Boat". Her lyrics are actually pretty deep. The whole vibe is optimistic and affriming. I look forward to hearing what will be in the future for her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly makes country cool again! lol, she like mixed up hip-hop and put in some country-western fiddles and violins and tweeked it with some cool portugese, but it still has that pop edge that we totally love!!! The vocals are pretty fun, too! Go Nelly!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Folklore" is just one of the greatest albums ever, every track's really good and all the tracks fit together perfectly. On her first album, Nelly was still a bit trying and its successor found a great balance. Each song could be a hit single, but no song overrules the others. "Whoa, Nelly!" is like Nelly's teenage-period, where she's still searching for stability in her music, "Folklore" is her as an adult, making the most amazing music, and "Loose"... well, that's her as a 40 year old with a midlifecrisis. You can't say she isn't growing up....
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who love intelligent and beautiful lyrics set to music, you will love this CD. Nelly Furtado has a way of expressing herself that is magical. The words and phrases strung together like diamonds and pearls. Can't wait for CD # 3.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is more multicultural, more varied, and an immensely creative effort. Nelly is intelligent and seems to know the direction she wants to take her music. This album is an awesome addition to any collection, and her style is so much richer with her sophomore effort. LOVED IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Nelly Furtado's music, but this album outbeats her debut. It took a long time from after the first album for the new album to come out, but it was worth the wait!!! I love the rythem from "One Trick Pony", on the album, and all of the rest of the songs are great. YOU HAVE OUTDONE YOURSELF NELLY, AND I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR 3rd ALBUM COMES OUT !!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Folklore" is a really weird album. After I heard it through once, I said, "This will never be what 'Whoa, Nelly!' is." Then, I found myself humming songs from this album. The lyrics are definitely more mature, and the sound has grown more mature, too. There are still moments of pure pop, but you really feel more of her problems and struggles in this album, making her feel less "like a bird" and more like someone easy to relate to. I highly recommend this album, especially if you enjoy watching musicians develop; this is a classic piece of Nelly's evolution.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD rocks. I like it so much better than her first, because the lyrics and beats arent so annoying, and her voice has calmed down a bit. The first 6 songs are my favorite, especially Fresh off the Boat and Forca, because they're so multicultural. The songs are deep without being depressing. I cant believe Nelly is compared with Britney and is described as being "Pop" or "country" because she most definetely isnt. This album rocks.