Nelly Furtado is one of my favourite alternative artists and her biggest album to date, “Loose”, is my favourite album by her. Released on 06.06.06, the album contains massive hits such as “Maneater”, “Promiscuous”, “Say It Right”, “Do It” and “All Good Things (Come To An End”. The critically acclaimed album ranges from dance, pop, R&B and hip hop and Nelly sounds right at home no matter the sound.
Looking to prove that she could make a pop record, Nelly linked up with her usual producers Track & Field, as well as Pharrell, Scott Storch and finally Timbaland and his then protégé, Danja. With contributions from Track & Field, Timbaland, Danja, Chris Martin etc., she created her most successful album and It’s a perfect blend of her then newer sound and the sound she was always known for. “Loose” has sold at least 10 million copies worldwide, is the fifth best selling female album of the 00s and is the 22nd best selling album of the 2000s and it actually lives up to those stats.
After purchasing the album in 2006, I remember playing it constantly for the following two years and I still haven’t let it go! My favourite songs are “Showtime”, “Promiscuous”, “Glow”, “Say It Right” and “Wait For You” and if you haven’t heard the album, those would be a great place to start. Is “Loose” a classic album? In my opinion, yes because it’s sonically elite, has killer singles and album cuts and Nelly vocally pushed herself, which allowed non-fans to connect so well with the album. “Loose” is a great example of what can happen when you branch out creatively and still manage to make an album that’s still authentically you.