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Nelly Furtado's Whoa, Nelly! is one of those albums that's designed to be a surprising, precocious debut -- the kind of record that's meant to make a listener exclaim, well, "whoa nelly" upon the first spin. From that first play, it's evident that Furtado is indeed an audacious songwriter, not at all hesitant to bare her emotions, tackle winding melodies, and bend boundaries to the point that much of the record sounds like folk-pop tinged with bossa nova and backed by a production designed for TLC. Clearly, this is a musician with big, serious ambitions, a notion that is supported not only by her naked lyrics but especially by her singing. Furtado is a restless ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nelly Furtado's Whoa, Nelly! is one of those albums that's designed to be a surprising, precocious debut -- the kind of record that's meant to make a listener exclaim, well, "whoa nelly" upon the first spin. From that first play, it's evident that Furtado is indeed an audacious songwriter, not at all hesitant to bare her emotions, tackle winding melodies, and bend boundaries to the point that much of the record sounds like folk-pop tinged with bossa nova and backed by a production designed for TLC. Clearly, this is a musician with big, serious ambitions, a notion that is supported not only by her naked lyrics but especially by her singing. Furtado is a restless vocalist, skitting and scatting with abandon, spitting out rapid repetitions, bending notes, and frequently indulging in melismas. This, more than anything, makes her a bit of an acquired taste, since her relentless vocalizing can obscure hooks that are nevertheless there. Once you appreciate or grow to understand her quirks, Whoa, Nelly! unfolds as a rewarding, promising debut, albeit one with its flaws. True, most of those flaws arise from its naïveté: a tendency to push too hard, whether it's in piecing together genres in an attempt to create something original or lyrics that can sound a little sophomoric in their soul-searching. These don't arrive in isolated instances, either -- they're wound into the songs themselves. You either choose to be annoyed by these quirks or become charmed by them, realizing it's a first album, and savoring the talent that's apparent on much of the album. Many of her blends of pop, folk, dance, and Latin are beguiling; she has a knack for strong pop hooks particularly on "On the Radio," "Well, Well," and "Turn Off the Light"; her lyrical imagery can be evocative; she has a sly sense of humor; and, when she doesn't get carried away, she's an inventive, endearingly eccentric vocalist. These are the things that endure after that first slightly bewildering spin of Whoa, Nelly! and those are the things that make you wonder where she goes from here. [As it was released during the heyday of international variants, there have been plenty of editions of Whoa, Nelly containing extra tracks but the 2008 double-disc Deluxe Edition rounds up the great majority of these stray tracks - the songs that originally appeared on CD singles or bonus tracks in other markets. This is a nice bonus, but it's hard to quite call this a "deluxe edition" as the total number of bonus tracks is a paltry five, all presented on a second disc that seems to have plenty of space for other tunes. Nevertheless, as special editions of Whoah Nelly go, this contains the most bonus tunes and it's the one to get. ]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517684577
  • Catalog Number: 001119102
  • Sales rank: 388,365

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nelly Furtado Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, 10-string Guitar
Curt Bisquera Drums
Russ Miller Drums
Rick Waychesko Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Field Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, scratching, 10-string Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar, Telecaster
Brad Haehnel Shaker
Lil' Jazz scratching
Mike Elizondo Bass, Electric Bass, Upright Bass
James McCollum Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alex Rebelo Rhythm Guitar
Camara Kambon Piano
Daniel Stone Triangle, Shaker, Wood Block, Udu
The Track Tambourine, Background Vocals, Quica
Roberto Occhipinti Bass
Allan Molnar Vibes
Joe "Public" Allen Trumpet
Nuno Cristo Guitar
Johnny "The American" Electric Guitar
Luis Orbegoso Conga, Tom-Tom
Victor Rebelo Percussion, Berimbau, Shaker
Technical Credits
Bill Meyers String Arrangements
Field Programming, Producer, Engineer
Brad Haehnel Engineer
Brian West Composer, Producer
Victor Florencia Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Denis Tougas Engineer
Kevin Reagan Art Direction
Gerald Eaton Composer, Producer
The Track Programming, Producer
Nelly Furtado Composer, Programming, Producer
Jon Krupp Engineer
Jon "Rabbi" Levine Programming, Producer
Darrel Moen Engineer
Manuela Furtado translation
Hans Ebert Producer
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