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Good Golly Miss Nelly !
on 16 September 2009
Let's keep this simple.
Freed from the constraining ambition and/or manipulation
to conform with current American pseudo-urban trends
Ms Furtado has released a career-defining album.
Truly her best album by a mile.
She is to be congratulated. Releasing a Spanish-language
recording comes with attendant risks - not least of all
alienating her largely English-speaking fan base.
I hope the risk pays off. The album is delightful.
Twelve songs and not one bad one amongst them.
Title track, 'Mi Plan', a lusty duet with Alex Cuba romps
along like a puppy on a mission to sniff the next tree.
(OK sometimes I don't always find the right image !)
'Bajo Otra Luz', a kind of latino-caribbean shuffle, is another
infectious bundle of fun enhanced by wonderfully focussed
percussion and brass. The little rap in the middle is a hoot.
Everyone involved, including writers Julieta Venegas and
La Mala Rodriguez sound as though they're having a lot of fun.
'Fuerte' is another passionate affair full of mercurial
flamenco guitar and fruity supporting vocals from Concha Buika.
'Silencio', finds Ms Furtado singing beautifully, shoulder-to-shoulder
with the warm-toned and technically brilliant Josh Groban.
One of the album's big highlights.
The project as a whole is so much more than Nelly and Guests.
Her cohorts' contributions are seamlessly integrated into the music.
No showing-off. No upstaging.
None moreso than Juan Luis Guerra's lovely vocals on 'Como Lluvia'.
'Feliz Cumpleanos', however finds Ms Furtado alone, centre-stage,
giving her very significant all to the project's finest song.
It is an uplifting and totally convincing performance.
The album delivers an upbeat ending with 'Fantasmas'.
A high-spirited finale indeed !
I hope that this fine release will be welcomed by anyone
with an open heart and mind. I loved every minute of it.