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Folklore (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 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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.

Middle Eastern, hip-hop, pop and country flavors merge into a wonderful, though at times jumbled, disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 600445050099
  • Catalog Number: 5002972

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely outstanding

    "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....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her Best Album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eclectic Blend of Wonderful Music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    from the portuguese girl

    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 !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE GREATEST ARTIST EVER

    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 !!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WAAAY better than her debut

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent 2nd album

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Review of an Iowa Girl

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New fan

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Undescrible

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's all about the Lyrics

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Country hip-hop pop!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic!

    i found this album really great!! i have appreciated all the songs!

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