Spirit Indestructible

Spirit Indestructible

by Nelly Furtado
     
 

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It takes a moment to realize just how long it took for Nelly Furtado to deliver a full-fledged follow-up to her blockbuster 2006 makeover Loose. That Timbaland-assisted shift toward the club arrived six years after her 2000 debut, and that's precisely the gap of time between Loose and its 2012 follow-up The SpiritSee more details below

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It takes a moment to realize just how long it took for Nelly Furtado to deliver a full-fledged follow-up to her blockbuster 2006 makeover Loose. That Timbaland-assisted shift toward the club arrived six years after her 2000 debut, and that's precisely the gap of time between Loose and its 2012 follow-up The Spirit Indestructible. Furtado wasn't exactly quiet during those six years -- halfway through she released the excellent Mi Plan with the Latin market in mind -- but it certainly can't be said that she capitalized on the smash success of "Promiscuous" and "Man Eater," so it shouldn't exactly come as a surprise that The Spirit Indestructible doesn't precisely play as pop, even if it has plenty of heavy, window-rattling beats and bass. After the big breakthrough of Loose, she's reluctant to leave the club behind -- she works heavily with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, brings Nas in for a cameo, and tries desperately to write a slamming single in "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)," but she comes up far short, stumbling over its heavy-footed hook. Whenever Furtado takes a bold stab at re-creating the slinky success of "Promiscuous" she stumbles, veering toward the eerily melancholic, never quite delivering the hedonistic abandon she teases. Elsewhere, this meditative instinct serves The Spirit Indestructible quite well, creating a curiously shimmering electronic folk-rock that floats tenuously between its two extremes, a tension that invigorates such tracks as the closing "Believers (Arab Spring)." Clearly, The Spirit Indestructible is intended as a hybrid of the introspection and restless adventure of Folklore and the savvy stylist of Loose, an ambitious and difficult prospect to be sure, so it's not entirely a surprise that Furtado isn't entirely successful; at times, the album is more impressive for what she intends to achieve than what she accomplishes. And yet for all its contradictions and clumsiness, it's hard not to admire The Spirit Indestructible, for it is that rare thing: a major-label album that bears the unmistakably messy, human stamp of an artist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602537036394
catalogNumber:
001688502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nelly Furtado   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Vincent Henry   Guitar,Saxophone
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
Roy Bittan   Accordion
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Rick Nowels   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Thom Panunzio   Vocals
Salaam Remi   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Keith Scott   Guitar
Joel Shearer   Guitar
Brian Allison   Bass
Brent Paschke   Guitar
LaShawn Daniels   Background Vocals
Alex Moore   Background Vocals
Jamie Edwards   Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Chris Smith   Vocals
Alan Chang   Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Sara Tavares   Background Vocals
Dean Reid   Drums
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Drums
Michael Angelakos   Background Vocals
Lazonte Franklin   Background Vocals
Thomas Lumpkins   Background Vocals
Hernst Bellevue   Keyboards
Ace Primo   Background Vocals
Antonio Jose Furtado   Vocals
Karl Campbell   Hand Clapping
Judah Salazar   Background Vocals
Jeianna Salazar   Background Vocals
Irene Salazar   Background Vocals
Tony-Kaya Whitney   Vocals
Sariah Salazar   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Josh Freese   Programming
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
Salaam Remi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bob Rock   Producer
Rodney Jerkins   Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Kathryn MacIvor   Administration
Nelly Furtado   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Eric Helmkamp   Engineer
Chris Zane   Composer,Producer
Ianthe Zevos   Creation
Orlando Vitto   Engineer
Nevis   Artwork
Dean Reid   Programming,Engineer
Gleyder "Gee" Disla   Engineer
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Programming
Andrew Schubert   Engineer
Jordan Stilwell   Engineer
Brad Townsend   Engineer
Michael Angelakos   Composer,Producer
Mogollon   Art Direction
Greg Morgan   drum programming,Sound Design
Nasir Jones   Composer
Andre Lindal   Producer,Instrumentation
Franklin Socorro   Engineer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Producer
Hernst Bellevue   Composer
Matt Champlin   Engineer
Don Juan Demarco "Demo" Casanova   Producer,Vocal Engineer
Demolition Crew   drum programming
Niko K. Warren   Composer
Marco Sipriano   Engineer
Chris Smith   Management

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