In the pop industry, 17 years is a lifetime. Since entire careers can blossom and fade into obscurity within the space of one record, it’s an increasing rarity for artists such as Nelly Furtado to be releasing her sixth studio album, ‘The Ride’, this year, having initially risen to prominence with 2000’s, ‘Whoa, Nelly!’.
Notwithstanding the feel-good falsetto and catchy melodies of her break-through single, ‘I’m Like A Bird’, Furtado gained most recognition for her 2006 record, ‘Loose’, which saw a transition into the radio and club-friendly R&B characterised by Timbaland’s production on the album. Yet, for fans of that distinctly mid-2000s, post-Aaliyah sound, ‘The Ride’ will be a disappointment.
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[This review was originally published in Clash Magazine on 10/04/17]