Nelly Furtado is a singer-songwriter from Canada. Her first album “Whoa! Nelly!” was released in 2000 which featured her Grammy award-winning hit, “I’m Like A Bird.” Her second and slightly less successful album, Folklore was released in 2003. Her fourth studio album “Loose” featured hits like “Maneater” and “Promiscuous.” Her most recent album, “The Spirit Indestructible,” was released earlier this month and I got to give my take on the album.
The first song on the album, “Believers,” starts out with a techno-y vibe. The song gives off a sound similar to the sound of The Veronicas. The track says, “Where are all the believers, where are they when you need them?” It expresses the urgency for support and the background music adds to that urgency.
The next song, “Enemy,” goes along with the first track but it’s reversed, basically stating, “Where have all the believers gone, I need help because I’m my own worst enemy,” It sets the album up to tell a story. Not only are the themes similar, the songs have similar sounds to them. The upbeat quick tempo makes a serious song have that dance appeal and almost seem fun despite the serious context.
From there, the album transitions into a song called “Circles.” The song starts out with a muffled effect and very techno-y background music. This sound is definitely similar to a lot of the current popular radio hits. The vibe of this track is probably my favorite on the album. It gives a soothing yet upbeat sound that can insinuate all different types of emotion. The whole song gives allusions to “circles” and explains, “Don’t walk in circles, we’re after the same thing’. It is a clever way to get a simple message across.
Next is the song “Miracles.” This song starts off with a bohemian, exotic vibe. The verses of this song are sung a lot quieter then the chorus, which makes the listener focus on the chorus that much more. The song talks about showing miracles and something that hasn’t been real before. The theme of the song fits perfectly with the exotic vibe it gives off.
“Waiting For The Night” is the fifth song on the album. This is a super upbeat song that literally makes you want to get up and dance around your room. It’s one of those “listen to this while I get ready to go out somewhere” songs. It’s about talking to someone and hanging out with someone during the day, but essentially just waiting for the night because that’s when he or she is going to blow your mind.
The next song is “The Most Beautiful Thing”. This is probably my least favorite song on the album. The lyrics are pretty good, but with the music put behind them they sound a little bit like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The lyrics describe someone who is “the most beautiful thing”. The background music paints this picture of something beautiful, but the vocals make it seem like it lacks depth.
"Bucket List” is the seventh track on the album. It says, “I took a long look at my bucket list and I found at the bottom was our first kiss, and I’m running out of time.” Once again, this is a totally clever way to convey a simple message. The use of the urgent background music only adds to this effect. Another good track for sure.
The next song, “Something,” is not one of my favorites. It gives off kind of a mysterious effect, which is a compliment of the lyrics and the way they don’t come right out and say what that “something” is. The song is just a little hard to get into it because of the repetitive nature and the lack of originality.
“Parking Lot” might be my favorite song on the album. The beat is so catchy and sharp that literally ever bone in your body wants to move. It is easily one of those songs that you can imagine yourself as the main character in the music video. The fierce vibe of the song just makes it impossible not to stand up and dance.
Next is the track “High Life.” What I found interesting about this song is that the beginning almost sounds like a whip while Nelly Furtado describes “the high life.” The song explains that she left behind everyone she knows to live the high life and to be careful when you’re wishing for the high life. This song is once again an extremely clever way for her to get her message across.
“Big Hoops” is the second to last song on the album. It’s a more suggestive song and the beat adds to that message. It once again makes you want to dance like many songs on the album. The song about halfway through interrupts with Nelly saying “I thought this song was over..” and then coming back even more full force. That little bit adds even more dance appeal to the song, which is always a good choice!
Lastly is the title track, “Spirit Indestructible”. Once again, this song has a kind of exotic vibe which insinuates that dance-y vibe. The lyrics state “my heart is pure and I have a spirit indestructible” which makes this song an anthem for many. Power to ya, Nelly!
This album definitely has some high points for Nelly Furtado. Songs that you can belt out and songs that will keep you dancing. It is an album that is definitely worth listening to and dancing a long with.