Nelly Furtado, "Manos Al Aire"

76 Billboard Rating

Nelly Furtado's "Manos Al Aire," the first single off her upcoming Spanish-language debut, "Mi Plan," is a mix of gritty acoustic guitars and dance beats. At a succinct three minutes and 28 seconds, the track grabs the listener's attention with its sparse intro, then holds it with an uptempo chorus layered with strings. "Manos Al Aire" talks about surrendering to love-ergo its title, which means "hands up" in English-but it opts for a rhythmic approach instead of a ballad. The result is a danceable, anthemic ditty younger listeners will love. Though some fans might be thrown off-balance by Furtado's Spanish singing, the lyrics are simple enough to allow quick memorization. Don't look for in-depth musings here; just straight-to-the-point words over catchy beats.

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