A story about this — 6 years ago
Absolutley love the album!
61 out of 65 people (93%) think this is worth consuming…
Being that I own Furtado’s previous two efforts, and becoming addicted to that insanely addictive tune “Promiscuous”, I insisted on picking up her latest effort “Loose”. I’m currently about midway through it and while it does kind of suck that she sacrificed some of her worldbeat influences, I think this is an excellent album to just pop in your car’s stereo and jam to. Judging by the success this album has achieved thus far, she’ll have many more opportunities to find a happy medium between the dancefloor and speaking her mind.
This isn’t a good record, but it’s not an awful one either. The main single Promiscuous and maybe one or two other songs are pretty good. Surprisingly, the accolades, if any for this album, go to Timbaland. His production is modern and asymetrical, if still gimmicky….and probably not any different from what say Jermaine Dupri or some other producer would come up with.
I was really saddened by how generic and uninspired Furtado’s lyrics were. I actually remember hearing her say (I guess in reference to her first album) that she wanted to write less metaphorical lyrics…Well maybe she got feedback that her lyrics were so metaphorical as to be obscure, but that was never a criticism of mine regarding the first album. In fact, I think that’s what gave it it’s offbeat charm and her a unique musical identity. That and the use of a variety of instruments. In this case I find her lyrics and grammar…“you aint never heard that” to be dumbed down. You’re better than that Nelly.
I realize that artists don’t want to repeat themselves, and I applaud the intent to take her music in a different direction, but in the end, I think she misguidedlly went away from the essence of her previous work…twards a more pop-y ethos. And I can’t for the life of me figure out why when all the pop now a days is so indistinguishable.