Folklore

Folklore

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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 justSee more details below

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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 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.

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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.
Billboard
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0600445050099
catalogNumber:
5002972
Rank:
113326

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Album Credits

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
Brian Gardner   Mastering
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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