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Whoa, Nelly! [Special Edition] [2 Discs]

Whoa, Nelly! [Special Edition] [2 Discs]

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by Nelly Furtado

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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


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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Geffen Records

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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,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
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
Denis Tougas   Engineer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Gerald Eaton   Composer,Producer
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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Whoa, Nelly! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought "Whoa, Nelly!" when I had already listened to "Folklore", which wasn't really fair to WN... because "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's still a bit trying and I got the idea the cd hasn't such a balance as its successor. But still - it's a really nice album with swinging rhythms and beautiful songs. "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....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love Nelly Furtado! The first time I heard her I said'' That's Nelly, ( the rapper)?'' But I loved I'm like a Bird, and think most the songs have good beats and lyrics! I hope to see Nelly nominated for best new artist next year at the Grammys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I have to say-- BUY IT! You will love this cd-- every song. We put it on at work and listened to the whole thing and our customers LOVED it! Its pop, but its not. Its some rap, but its not. Its some Jazz, but its not. Confused? BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really good. I saw her in concert and she rocked! She is one of the best pop singers out there! She writes all her own songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her music is like none other. Highly recomended by me and all for all ages. You can't find better than this. Her music enspires me. It's like she can read your mind or something. I have totally the same feelings and view as she does. When I listen to her music I go to another place. I just close my eyes and sing along. I know all the words and trust me, by the end of the day, you will too! Best CD ever!!!!!! You have to buy it because you'll absolutly love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This young artist has been unfairly characterized as a talented, original newcomer. In fact, she is just another face that uses unneeded vocal theatrics to cover a less than bird-like voice. The song "Like a Bird" could be a beautiful song, if sung by someone that had the vocal capability to give the song it's due. Furtado is relying on her alleged native influences, and attempts to cross over to all genres of music. Such an attempt will only work if the music, and the artist are worthy of such an audience; Furtado doesn't fall into this category.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly Furtado is pop with a (sharp) edge. She is not your typical blonde pop queen, instead she is an awesome singer with a voice like no other. She has created her own style of music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to ‘Loose’ I thought I take a couple of steps backwards and listen to her debut album. I first heard Nelly on the radio with "I'm Like a Bird." It was definitely catchy but never bought the album because anyone can write one catchy song. After hearing this album I see that she has managed to create an album all her own and I also understand why she had accumulated so many fans. The cover of this album is very cute because it has this 70’s appeal to it. The first thing I notice in this album is the unique beats and rhythms. The sheer audacity of the album is really what won me over, though. It doesn't pull its punches, and much of it is clearly felt through her voice even though very nasal at times, is often balanced by her own lower, more soulful back-up. She often attaches a 40's jazz style vibrato to the notes she carries to smooth out her meowing. Her lyrics vary from cut-&-dry to romantically poetic without being overly sentimental, and her accompaniment is touched by every side of the spectrum. There’s everything from classical string arrangements, to metallic guitar riffs, with turn-table scratching, bouncing techno synthesizer, and her cultural, acoustic guitar in- between. The tracks that I’ve gathered as my favorites are "Legend," "Well, Well", "My Love Grows Deeper Part 1," "I Will Make U Cry," "Scared of You,"(You liked me till you heard my s*** on the radio)”, "Baby Girl," and "Turn off The Light." Each expresses strength and life very well. "I Will Make U Cry" as well as "Party" are very emotional songs, filled the rawest of raw feelings and I also love the instrumental introduction on "Hey Man." This album did not disappoint me. I was very impressed of the uniqueness and originality of her first album. Rather than try to sound like others, she crafted her own style first time out. Nelly Furtado is an artist who obviously had a lot to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered this cd months ago. Despite friends telling me there was no other good songs besides her first hit, I'm like a bird, I bought it anyway. At first I wasn't so sure about it because it was so different from what I was used to; but the longer I listened to it the more I realized how interesting and new this style of music was. Then I realized she writes her own music. That's incredible these days. To be able to write and sing and be recognized for talent and not sex appeal, which seems to be the way to go when your blonde and have no talent(example: Britney Spears). This girl obviously does have talent. She was asked to perform at Lilith Fair many times and appeared on Jay Leno. Her lyrics are thought provoking and not like your usual love song or the overdone you broke my heart, I hate you song. Everything about this new artist is fresh and original. She has her own style, both musically and appearance wise. Her music has an international feeling. It has a kind of hiphop, gypsy, hippie feeling. Furtado is just so different, which is a relief from all the same old teeny bopper excuse for music. It's even a good change from actually talented people like McLaughlin and others who write about real things. Her lyrics are pure and her talent can be taken seriously. Overall, I was thouroughly impressed. I still listen to it after months. The only complaint I had was that there weren't more songs on the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My guess is Nelly will go to the top. This is a delightful album with a lot of surprises. I'm hoping we will hear a lot more from her in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a serious must have...phat beats, great vocals...the whole atmosphere of the CD is awesome...if you want to hear the techniques of a great DJ paired with an excellent vocalist, this is the CD for you. I sing the entire CD during my drive to work everyday!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly Furtado is awesome. She is one of my favorite singers. This album is very inspirational and is a good reference for good songwriting, cuz she is a great songwriter. Listen to songs like "Hey, Man!", "Legend", and "I Will Make U Cry", other great tracks from Nelly Furtado.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly Furtado's CD is amazing! Although I have to admit you have to listen to it a couple of times before you really get into it. My favorites are ''On the radio'', ''I'm like a bird'', ''Turn off the light'', and ''Legend.'' After listening to ''Whoa Nelly'', I can safely say she is one of my new favorite artists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the CD. Loved it. Went to the show in Washington DC...even better. she has endless energy, the band is unreal, and mood can't be beat. Reminds me of Rusted Root mixed with a little Alanis, Sheryl Crow and Jewel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is very fresh. Nothing like a lot of the music popular right now. It includes a little mix of DJ, alternative, and guitar with her interesting vocals. I discovered Nelly Furtado's music through Napster, and I am very glad of it. In my opinion, the best songs are Hey Man, Turn Out the Lights, Like a Bird(which they have begun playing on one of my local radio stations), On the Radio, and Well Well. I was surprised and very happy with my purchase!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly is sooo cool! She's Mary-Kate Olsen's favorite singer! Her song 'I'm like a Bird' is sooo pretty! I'm getting her CD as soon as I can!!! Cass
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I'm Like a Bird' is the best song ever!! I bought it just to hear that song, but it turns out I like alot of her other songs, too!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
whoa just that she is awesome!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd, and have enjoyed it a great deal. I think that it has great songs, and vocals. Nelly Furtado is a great singer AND songwriter. I really hope she becomes a big star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is finally a cd that is soothing and realaxing and not to mention motivating song ''i'm like a bird'' sends out a positive message about women today. I love the entire cd. thankyou ms.Nelly Futado
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