5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another excellent Nelly album,
This review is from: The Spirit Indestructible (Audio CD)
Nelly Furtado hasn't really done anything "big" since her 'Loose' album back in 2007. Sure, she did a few releases (Mi Plan, The Best Of Nelly Furtado (or something)), but those weren't exactly "major releases", or at least they didn't make a huge impact. The Spirit Indestructible was hoping to make a big comeback for her, and it's failed miserably. However, I think that was due to lack of promotion (or maybe sexiness), as this album is excellent.
Nelly's debut album 'Whoa, Nelly' was certainly interesting, but I found it disappointing. With the exception of a few songs (particularly 'Turn Off The Light'), it felt rushed and too experimental. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very engaging. Her sophomore album 'Folklore', was far better in my opinion. It felt far more complete and it made you open your ears and listen, rather than pass you by fairly unnoticed. The standout tracks on there were the exhilarating 'Explode' and the beautiful ballad, 'The Grass Is Green'.
'Loose' is by far her most successful album to date. It's probably also her most commercial album to date. The only tracks that you could possibly see on one of her previous albums were 'Afraid' and 'Te Busque'. I didn't think it was anywhere near as good as Folklore, but judged on it's own merits, it's a really good R&B album. The standout track for me was the simple summery pop song 'Do It'.
In 2009 Nelly released 'Mi Plan' which was an album entirely sung in Spanish. I just though it was enjoyable. Nothing more, nothing less. I just couldn't help thinking it was a stopgap between Loose and a future album. The best track on there was probably Vacación.
So how's TSI? Well...
Spirit Indestructible - The second single and intro track. It feels a bit strange and messy at first, but it really grows on you. But perhaps it's not the best way to start the album. 7.5/10
Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) - The lead single. It has a great beat and an excellent drum & bass section at the end. Perhaps Nelly's vocal deliverly is a bit whiney and irritating, but the song is REALLY addictive. 10/10
High Life - The song has a constant loud whiplash sound all the way through, and it's really annoying. Lyrically it's quite dark and hard to listen to, but it can't seem to choose whether to be a sad ballad or an upbeat pop song. Definetly the weakest song. 5.5/10
Parking Lot - I hated this song at first, but it really grows on you, much like Big Hoops. It has a beat similar to that of 'Promiscuous', but with a car horn sound all the way through it (Don't worry, it's not as irritating as the whiplash sound in High Life). It then ends off with a more dance-y breakdown, which could actually be a whole other song. 7/10
Something - A pretty dark and slow R&B song, and it's good, but not outstanding. That's all I can really say about it. 7/10
Bucket List - Sounds like something from Folklore, with the guitars and it's fairly random nature. It's very enjoyable but not the best song on the album. 7.5/10
The Most Beautiful Thing - One of the most beautiful things about the album. It's etheral and feels lighter than air. It kind of sounds like a nursery rhyme, in a good way. At the end, there's a recital of what I think is an entry from one of Nelly's old diaries. 9/10
Waiting For The Night - The most clubby song on the album, but as another reviewer has said, you can listen to it at any time of the day, whatever your mood. It's addictive, it's catchy, and it really reminds me of Vacación from Mi Plan, which can only be a good thing. 10/10
Miracles - About as close as the album gets to 'filler'. It's a fairly forgettable ballad, which, like 'Something', is good, but not outstanding. 6.5/10
Circles - The most experimental song on the album. It's like a slowed down drum & bass song. It's very addictive and catchy with it's scattered and strange synths. 9.5/10
Enemy - Aother filler-y ballad, but less than that of Miracles. The lyrics sound a bit lazy and repetitive. It's just an okay song. 6.5/10
Believers (Arab Spring) - An excellent way to finish off the album. It almost feels like it could be done by any female pop singer (and kind of feels like it belongs in a supermarket advert), but Nelly definetly makes the song her own, and it's very different than anything she's ever done. It almost makes you cry, but you also feel like dancing to it at the same time. 10/10
The Spirit Indestructible feels like it's cherry picked the best aspect of her previous albums, and added a few songs of it's own style, to create a celebration of her career so far. While I don't think it's as good as Folklore, it's not very far behind.
Best songs: Big Hoops (Bigger The Better), The Most Beautiful Thing, Waiting For The Night, Circles, Believers (Arab Spring)