Nelly Furtado was positioned as the pop star with a little earthiness to her; remember her first album cover, lying down in the grass with that green sweater on, underneath the 60's throwback font, looking out at us wistfully? Her Latin-ness (she's Portuguese-Canadian) and rags-to-riches bio signified realness and accessibility; she could be an around-the-way girl, whether you're from Sao Paulo or St. Louis Park.
But now, like everyone else, she's glammed it up. Loose, her latest album, saw her working closely with Timbaland (there really is no escape, sorry) and tilting the balance of her sound further toward electronic pop and R&B. Luckily for the world, the collaboration didn't come off as... More >>>