Loose

( 16 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since her acclaimed 2000 debut, Whoa, Nelly!, Canadian-Portuguese chanteuse Nelly Furtado set her sights on becoming the thinking-person's pop star. The tension in that ambition, though, is that the masses drawn in by her stunning voice tend to resist the insistently eclectic stylistic shifts that Furtado favors. With Loose, she dismisses the problem entirely: While there are still traces of bohemia scattered throughout the grooves, the disc is essentially Furtado's effort to get in close touch with her inner party girl -- a connection that sparks with electricity. It's palpable enough on the teasing "Promiscuous," on which she duets with uber producer Timbaland, who ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since her acclaimed 2000 debut, Whoa, Nelly!, Canadian-Portuguese chanteuse Nelly Furtado set her sights on becoming the thinking-person's pop star. The tension in that ambition, though, is that the masses drawn in by her stunning voice tend to resist the insistently eclectic stylistic shifts that Furtado favors. With Loose, she dismisses the problem entirely: While there are still traces of bohemia scattered throughout the grooves, the disc is essentially Furtado's effort to get in close touch with her inner party girl -- a connection that sparks with electricity. It's palpable enough on the teasing "Promiscuous," on which she duets with uber producer Timbaland, who makes a rare appearance on the mike. But it really bursts forth on "Maneater" an impossibly infectious pop-rocker custom-made for summertime highway cruising and "Afraid" on which Timbaland boosts the energy level into the red zone. The singer still has her moments of artistic restlessness, but she's learned to channel them in more immediately accessible ways -- as on the serpentine "Wait for You," which bounces along on a bracing bhangra beat, and the reggaeton-tinged "No Hay Igual," a duet with Colombian superstar Juanes. Loose also includes the requisite ballad or two -- the best of which, the acoustic guitar-driven "In God's Hands," exudes an intimacy that's almost blush-worthy. With songs that are skintight and an attitude that's exactly what its title implies, Loose is the perfect soundtrack to the summer of '06.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Nelly Furtado's nearly impenetrable 2003 sophomore effort, Folklore, proved anything, it was that this modern-day singer/songwriter is smart and ambitious yet doesn't quite have a handle on those very qualities. Dabbling in worldbeat and chronicling the perils of immediate success, she indulged herself without a care for the audience -- and the audience responded in kind, as the album barely cracked the Billboard Top 40, spawned no hits, and sold about a quarter of what her Grammy-winning debut did. Clearly a rethink of some sort was in order for her next album, and 2006's Loose, delivered about three years later, certainly does present a different Nelly Furtado: one who is glammed up, sexed up, and ready for the dancefloor. Borrowing liberally from Gwen Stefani's ghetto fabulous makeover and a little bit from Justin Timberlake's sleek retro-'80s moves on Justified, Furtado now has a sound that's straight 2006; with hooks that feel as comfortable as bumper music on MTV as they do as background on cell phone commercials or as ringtones, she can blend into the hyper-saturated media culture of 2006, a move that may alienate fans who were won over by how her debut, Whoa, Nelly!, sounded like nothing else in 2000. No matter how club-friendly Loose is -- even its quieter moments, like the closing "All Good Things (Come to an End)" (co-written in part by Coldplay's Chris Martin), feel like ideal soundtracks to chill-out moments -- ultimately Furtado did not get a swan-styled makeover, where her original personality has been chiseled and chipped away so only a vestige of her remains. Remember, Furtado is nothing if not smart, and she smartly picked Timbaland, one of the very best producers in modern music, as her main collaborator for Loose. Timbaland helmed all but two of the 12 main tracks here -- the album weighs in at 13 songs, but one is a Spanish version of the Juanes duet "Te Busque" -- and he gives much of this music a bracing feel, dense with old-school synths, subtle sample collages, bone-crunching bass, cascading vocal hooks, and beats that sound so heavy it takes careful listening to realize how nimble they are. Nowhere is this more evident than on the killer opening triptych of "Afraid," "Maneater," and "Promiscuous," three songs that trumpet Furtado's makeover and make it seem pretty convincing, too -- particularly on "Maneater" with its circular, minor-key bass and "Promiscuous" with its chorus that sounds like vintage Prince. This is Timbaland at his best, and the only weak link is Furtado; no matter how she growls on "Maneater" or murmurs on "Promiscuous" -- no matter how much she sings about sex, period -- she just doesn't sound sexy. She sounds as if she's striving to be sexy, which doesn't generate much carnal heat, but it ultimately doesn't matter much since on all the heavy dance songs, of which there are a bunch, she's mixed into the background on Timbaland's production, functioning as another instrument, which helps the music work as just a stylish wall of sound. Furtado doesn't fight against Timbaland's mix, which proves her smarts more than anything on the showy Folklore; there's a reason why she chose Timbaland as a collaborator, and she lets him shine for the first half of the record, as they get the party rolling. Then on the second half of the record, the old Nelly starts to show through. She gets to play the world traveler with "No Hay Igual," where she deftly blends reggaeton and M.I.A., along with the smooth Latin pop ballad "Te Busque." Her words gradually come to the forefront, as on "Say It Right" -- a dark meditative piece that would have fit on her previous records if it didn't have a Timbaland production -- or on the sweetly ruminative "In God's Hands," and then on "Wait for You," which has Indian-influenced hooks and a melody reminiscent of "I'm Like a Bird," both strands are pulled together in a haunting fashion. It's on this final stretch of the album that the Furtado and Timbaland pairing seems like a genuine collaboration, staying true to the Nelly of her first two albums, but given an adventurous production that helps open her songs up. Unlike the music on Folklore, the idiosyncrasies intrigue instead of frustrate, and deliver on the promise of her debut, when it seemed like Furtado could do anything. That said, the music on the second half isn't nearly as immediate or addictive as "Maneater" and "Promiscuous," two singles that were already deserved hits (in the U.K. and U.S., respectively) when Loose was released. The genius on these two songs is down to Timbaland, who not only crafts the sound but vocally overshadows Nelly's mumbled raps on the latter. But Furtado is smart enough to let him dominate here, since she knows that Timbaland has revitalized Nelly Furtado both creatively and commercially with Loose, so it's only appropriate that he hogs the spotlight on its two best moments.
Vibe - Kevin Wong
Furtado masterfully combines Spanish and pop influences in her own unique way.
Billboard - Clover Hope
On her third set, "Loose," the eclectic singer offers a more varied mix of pop, hip-hop and Latin, showcasing not only her own dexterity but that of chief producer Timbaland as well.... A welcome exercise in versatility.
Los Angeles Times - Natalie Nichols
Furtado is game for anything Timbaland tosses out, and his production on most tracks unifies the disparate styles and moods. She raps and sings over his signature blend of primal yet sophisticated rhythms and up-to-the-minute dance trends.
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Shane Harrison
[Grade: A-] The pop album of the year (so far).... "Loose" is a miniature journey through the state of pop music.
San Francisco Chronicle - Neva Chonin
"Loose" finds Furtado proving her pop mettle by donning full urban regalia and going for broke.... "Loose" is the sound of an artist leaping for the brass ring with claws extended and teeth bared.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Kevin Johnson
[Grade: A] An overwhelmingly funky disc that expertly picks up where Gwen Stefani's last CD left off.... Some of today's best freewheelin' urban pop.
Los Angeles Daily News - Rob Lowman
Terrific ear candy.
Miami Herald - Evelyn McDonnell
Loose has enough hits to make it a summer essential.

Furtado masterfully combines Spanish and pop influences in her own unique way.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 600753189412
  • Catalog Number: 902956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Afraid (3:35)
  2. 2 Maneater (4:25)
  3. 3 Promiscuous (4:02)
  4. 4 Glow (4:02)
  5. 5 Showtime (4:15)
  6. 6 No Hay Igual (3:35)
  7. 7 Te Busque (3:38)
  8. 8 Say It Right (3:43)
  9. 9 Do It (3:41)
  10. 10 In God's Hands (4:54)
  11. 11 Wait for You (5:11)
  12. 12 All Good Things (Come to an End) (5:41)
  13. 13 Te Busque (3:38)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nelly Furtado Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson Acoustic Guitar
Larry Corbett Celli
Joel Derouin Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Paula Hochhalter Celli
Peter Kent Violin
Greg Kurstin Keyboards
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Rick Nowels Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Piano (Grand)
Ramon Stagnaro Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Josefina Vergara Violin
Joey Waronker Drums
Suzie Katayama Celli
Dan Warner Guitar
Attitude Rap
Timbaland Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Daniel Stone Percussion
Roberto Cani Violin
Nisan Stewart Drums
Luis Orbegoso Percussion
Kevin Rudolf Guitar
Gerardo Hilera Violin
Sharon Jackson Violin
Steve Richards Celli
Marithza Bain Choir, Chorus
Jim Beanz Background Vocals
Horace Mann Middle School Choirs Track Performer
Brittney Howard Choir, Chorus
Beverly Jean Choir, Chorus
Richardson Paquoit Choir, Chorus
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
David Campbell String Arrangements, String Conductor
Chris Garcia Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Jon Ingoldsby Engineer
Lester Mendez Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Rick Nowels Composer, Producer
Thom Panunzio Executive Producer
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
Timbaland Producer, Executive Producer
James Roach Engineer
Tim Mosley Composer
Nisan Stewart Composer, Producer
Juanes Composer
Nelly Furtado Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Chris Martin Composer
Wayne Rodrigues drum programming
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer
J.P. Robinson Art Direction
Vadim Chislov Engineer
Kieron Menzies Engineer
Sam Littlemore drum programming
Timothy "Attitude" Clayton Composer
Gita Williams Marketing
Ben Jost Engineer
Mark Barnes Marketing Coordinator
Jim Beanz Composer, Vocal Producer
Nevis Artwork
Kobla Tetey Engineer
Nate Hills Composer
Marcella Araica Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 16 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(11)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 16 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Diverse and Vocally Appealing

    I'd always known of Nelly Furtado by the song "I'm Like a Bird", her voice was distinct even with that song but still very pop-ish. When Promiscous was released two years ago everyone was talking it so much that it warranted a lisen. But that is truly not the gem of this album, Nelly distinct vocals are highlighted in Afraid, Wait For You and All Good Things. What stands out more in this album are the lyrics, particularly so for songs like "Afraid". Yes Nelly Furtado has gone hip hop but a majority of the album is also true to her old style, like "In Gods Hands", a song I probably wouldn't have given the time of day to were it not for her vocals. This is certainly an album to buy for anyone who appreciates excellent music.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I absolutely love every single track on this CD. It's amazing. Half the tracks are great to dance to and the other half are great to relax to. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first bought this CD because I mostly listen to alternative rock. I turns out to be one of my top five. I would recommend this to anyone.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "listening from afar"

    This is an awesome cd it id great my favoreite song is all good things (come to an end),and do it nelly furtado is inspriational. i think she is the best and does awesome music. keep singing nelly i will always be a fan from the start to the end!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nelly Furtado Is Awesome.

    I love Nelly Furtado, I first found out about her when she first came out in 2001 with her hit "I'm Like a Bird." This cd blows that one away, I love this album. This is her best album yet alot of the songs on this album are awsome. I can't stop listening to this album. If you buy it you won't be dissappointed.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an amazing - and surprising - release

    Nelly Furtado has had a steady fanbase since she dropped onto the charts with "I'm Like a Bird" way back in 2000. Her last album, Folklore, I believe tanked due to the falling out of the record label that pressed it. But with Loose, Nelly is ready for a whole new game. Miss Furtado's third studio album is a triumph. I was crushed when I saw that she wasn't nominated for a single grammy and Justin Timberlake was nominated for several. Irregardless, this release is particularly under-rated as it is. There are the obvious hits, the rap-driven "Promiscuous" that you've heard unless you've been living under a rock, the driving-thumping beat of "Maneater", but there are some hidden gems here as well. Tracks like the sensual "Showtime" and the ballad "In God's Hands" would fit neatly into either of her previous efforts. But some of the best tracks on here haven't been talked about nearly as much. The spanish/portugese reggaeton track "No Hay Igual" makes Shakira and Rihanna look like amateurs. "Do It" evokes some of Madonna's earlier work, and the latest single "Say It Right" is my favorite track on the album. As I'm writing this review, it's #6 on Billboard's Hot 100. There may be hope yet for the music listening community. Who cares if she isn't running around all serious with a guitar anymore? Her star has never shone brighter than with the club beats and sassy videos.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sweet job, Nelly

    This is an awesome cd... she does a great duet with timbaland on promiscous.. i loved it and i would buy the cd a thousand times over...

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nellie what happened!!!

    I bought this cd because I loved her other cd, but I was very disappointed and wished I didnt buy it.......

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    [3.5]--"Loose" is a melting pot of tunes.

    I didn't know what to expect from this album. I heard a few of Nelly’s songs in the past and of course the hit, "Promiscuous." After hearing this album I grew fond of some sounds that were incorporated into this album. Nelly obviously has a genuine love for music of all kinds, some of the varied styles she attempts contrives of hip-hop, 80's retro, and electro-soul just to name a few. Timbaland as a collaborator, and she lets him shine for the first half of the record, as they get the party pumping. Then on the second half of the record, Nelly shows us her vintage side. "Afraid," "Maneater (particularly)," and "Promiscuous," are great. These tracks boast Furtado's conversion by giving us some catchy, up tempo, infectious dance floor beats. “Do It” sounds like Madonna's Burning Up, and there are some '80s-like sounds within the album. "No Hay Igual," is good she blends reggaeton and M.I.A. into this track. Latin pop ballad "Te Busque," is really nice I also like the Spanish version to it. “Showtime" and "All Things (Come To An End) are all great as well. If I had one complaint about this album is that the beat is so strong on some tracks that they overpower her vocals, but she makes up for it on the slower tracks. ‘Loose’ is the kind of album which is set to widen Nelly's fan base and introduce people to the rest of her work. The album is worth checking out, it’s wicked.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantasically Fun

    Te Busque (spanish version) is my favorite song off this album, which is infectious and fun. I found myself bopping along to the music. It makes me wish I had a convertible and a long road trip ahead.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just plain fun!

    This album is definetely her most fun and upbeat album to date. Anytime she releases an album it's like a breath of fresh air onto the music scene, so different and diverse. She's one of the most versatile and talented arists out there and I hope that when Grammys and AMA's roll around we will be hearing her name called!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Album!!! Every Track!!!

    This album is amazing. Nelly and Timbaland are meant for each other. Many of the tracks have an experimental feel, yet they sound great. For instance, on "Do It" and "Glow", there is a early 90's feel to the song yet it is a great song, and could petentially be the next single. Timbaland does a wonderful production job on this. They combine for uptempo, slow, international, etc. type songs, and there is not one miss on the entire album. This is how music should sound. These songs can be played anywhere: clubs, radio, anywhere, and it will entertain the listener. I thoroughly recommend this album to all!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why? Why does she still have a record deal?

    Just as many no-talent, overrated "artists" have done, Furtado has gone to the hip-hop genre to try to resusitate an already dead career. Despite what Timbaland may have to offer as a producer, Furtado has no vocal range, VERY limited "talent", and does more talking and alleged rapping on this effort than actual singing, which, in reality, is a good thing it has kept many dogs ears from bleeding! She is to be dismissed as nothing more than what she is...... vocally limited, ethnically confused,...and un-deserving of still having a record deal. Do not waste your time with this....it deserves NO STARS!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get This!

    You want the perfect album to listen to this summer? Pop this in your car stereo and take a drive. You'll be singin, bobbin, and just grooving to this album. Nelly Furtado is immensely talented and versatile. There's a bit of everything on this album. Club tracks, radio hits, old-skool sound, reggaton, latin, ballads....it's awesome...so hear Nelly like never before, although she sounds anything but new to this, she's a pro. Check out her earlier stuff as well. 1st album is a classic(don't expect to hear anything else that sounds like 'I'm Like a Bird'). Folklore is different but great. Also highly recommeded is seeing her in a live performance. I've seen her three times and she'll blow you away. No lip-synching that's for sure.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Summer Tunes

    I love this album, it has great songs to listen in the summer

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 16 Customer Reviews