KonamIII's Anything Goes Reviews Oct 13, 2014 13:39:44 GMT -5
Post by ♛ Manticore ☯ (feat. KonamIII) on Oct 13, 2014 13:39:44 GMT -5
KonamIII's Anything Goes Reviews
Welcome to "KonamIII's Anything Goes Reviews" Thread. I'll give this a shot and join in. About over two years ago I had a little blog for a couple of months but I haven't updated anything since 2012 so I thought it was nice seeing this section here on Pulse. I will do reviews for just about any songs or albums including compilations. Since it's anything goes, it will be about anything that I feel like reviewing in any genre of music old and new.
To start off, let's start off with something old and with a bang:
Artist: Nelly Furtado
Year Released: 2006
1. Afraid (featuring Attitude)
3. Promiscuous (featuring Timbaland)
6. No Hay Igual
7. Te Busqué (featuring Juanes)
8. Say It Right
9. Do It
10. In God's Hands
11. Wait for You
12. All Good Things (Come to an End)
13. Te Busqué (featuring Juanes) [Spanish Version]
Let me start out by saying that I was a fan of Nelly Furtado's work ever since her "Whoa, Nelly!" and her underrated "Folkore" era. But the "Loose" album is what took her to the next level. This was the album where she scored her first number one U.S. hits "Promiscuous" and "Say it Right". It was around this time when producer Timbaland was on a roll scoring hit after hit with artists like Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland himself. The first time I heard "Promiscous" I immediately loved it and had to get the album. It was also the last album that I ever bought as a physical copy. In 2006, that was the time when I said to myself, "Welcome to the digital age".
And what an album it was since I enjoyed almost every single one of it. The first track "Afraid" featuring Attitude started off with that guitar hook and the trademark Timbaland beat that a lot of people know and love. Next up is "Maneater". I was a bit disappointed with how "Maneater" did as a single in the U.S. chart and didn't reach the top 20 on the Mainstream top 40 chart and didn't reach the top ten on the Hot 100. It did perform way better in Europe though. The song had an influence of Hall & Oates and Eurythmics work and you know damn well that I love the 80's!!!! And I also enjoyed the music video. Do I have to mention how awesome "Promiscuous" is? Next up is "Glow" which I personally didn't care much about as well as "Showtime" but was alright.
Next on the list is "No Hay Igual" in which Pharrell Williams introduced Nelly Furtado with reggaeton. And a great idea it was as Nelly sings in spanish and does a little portuguese rap. I do prefer the remix with reggaeton artist Calle 13 though. And speaking of spanish, the next song is one of my favorites of the album "Te Busque" featuring Colombian singer Juanes. There are two tracks of this song in the album in which she sings in english and the bonus track in spanish while Juanes in both versions sings the chorus in spanish. And Nelly Furtado and Juanes are no strangers of working together since they both did a song called "Fotografia" in 2003. That acoustic guitar in "Te Busque" is marvelous.
Next up is "Say it Right" which reached number one in the U.S. and the productions for this is high quality and still holds up very well today. There were some cool influences here from Eurythmics keyboard sound which is eerie in a good way to the excellent chord progression and Nelly's vocal range. A mysterious sounding and lyrical song which I love very much. "Do It" was also a good tune but I prefer the remix with Missy Elliott. This was the song that had some plagarism controversy. "In God's Hands" is a personal one for Nelly since the song was about the breakup of the father of her daughter. And "Wait For You" was a little combo of Timbaland's sound with some middle eastern sound influence which was OK but nothing special.
And last but not least is "All Good Things (Come To An End)" which was such a beautiful song but so tragic because it flopped in the U.S. It peaked low on the Hot 100. The harmonizing of the song is none other than Coldplay's Chris Martin. The song reminded me of Furtado's earlier work and even the music video was beautiful.
Overall a solid album.
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