Out to prove she is more than a one-album pop phenomenon, Nelly Furtado ambitiously mixes a number of styles into her sophomore effort.
Out to prove she is more than a one-album pop phenomenon, Nelly Furtado ambitiously mixes a number of styles into her sophomore effort. Middle Eastern, hip-hop, pop and country flavors merge into a wonderful, though at times jumbled, disc. She even proclaims that she is not a "one-trick pony" in the opening track by that name. The song is certainly one of the set's standouts; it includes a catchy Middle Eastern beat and lovingly captures Furtado's voice. But not everything here works this well. In fact, things go downhill with certain urban sequences. For instance, inviting a guest to sing soul on the country-tinged "Build You Up" feels forced. This would have been the ideal song for Furtado to implement the less-is-more approach. However, she deserves a pat on the back for taking a risk within the often-times formulaic pop genre.—SA