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Album: Folklore
# Song Title   Time
1)    One-Trick Pony
2)    Powerless (Say What You Want)
3)    Explode
4)    Try
5)    Fresh Off the Boat - (Portuguese)
6)    Forca - (Portuguese)
7)    Grass Is Green
8)    Picture Perfect
9)    Saturdays
10)    Build You Up
11)    Island of Wonder
12)    Childhood Dreams
13)    Try [Acoustic] [Bonus Track]
14)    Enhanced Video Footage
 
Album: Folklore
# Song Title   Time
1)    One-Trick Pony
2)    Powerless (Say What You Want)
3)    Explode
4)    Try
5)    Fresh Off the Boat - (Portuguese)
6)    Forca - (Portuguese)
7)    Grass Is Green
8)    Picture Perfect
9)    Saturdays
10)    Build You Up
11)    Island of Wonder
12)    Childhood Dreams
13)    Try [Acoustic] [Bonus Track]
14)    Enhanced Video Footage
 
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Performer Notes
  • This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
  • Personnel: Nelly Furtado (vocals, acoustic guitar); Caetano Veloso (vocals); Manuela Furtado (whistling); James Bryan (acoustic & electric guitars); Field (acoustic guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, programming); Rafael Gomez (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Mike Elizondo (slide guitar, bass); George Doering (Hawaiian guitar, banjo, cavaquinto, dulcimer, mandolin); Bela Fleck (banjo); Alex Alessandroni (piano, harmonium); Track (harmonium, programming, background vocals); Alan Molnar, Bob Leatherbarrow (vibraphone); Justin Meldal Johnsen (bass); Russ Miller (drums, percussion); Joey Waronker (drums); Gurpreet Chana (tabla); Daniel Stone (percussion); Lil Jaz (programming, vinyl scratches); Kronos Quartet.
  • Producers include: Track, Field, Nelly Furtado, Lil Jaz, Mike Elizondo.
  • U.K. issue features one bonus track, plus enhanced material.
  • Portugese-Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado's 2000 debut album, WHOA NELLY!, hit like a bolt out of the blue, its single "I'm Like a Bird" becoming a runaway smash. On the follow-up, FOLKLORE, she asserts her staying power straight out of the gate; the first song finds her repeatedly declaring that she's not just a "One-Trick Pony." Musical proof of that statement can be found throughout the album. Where WHOA NELLY! mixed pop, rock, and R&B production techniques, its successor goes further. The aforementioned opening track for example, features accompaniment by renowned new music ensemble the Kronos Quartet, while "Forca" finds Furtado's celebratory exultation framed by the banjo arpeggios of Bela Fleck, mixed with an electronic rhythm track and percolating tabla.
  • If that's not enough, even the king of Tropicalia, Caetano Veloso, drops in for a duet on the fanciful flamenco-meets-hip-hop reverie "Island of Wonder." The album closes on the quiet, introspective "Childhood Dreams," which slowly builds up moody, atmospheric layers of texture that neatly sign off on Furtado's bid for artistic longevity.
Professional Reviews
Spin (01/04, p.98) - "...FOLKLORE's nicely realized conceit, involving identity and heritage, lets the multiculti Canadian Furtado get her Portugese on..." - Grade: B

Entertainment Weekly (12/26/03, p.145) - Ranked #13 in Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "Records of the Year"

Entertainment Weekly (11/28/03, p.123) - "...FOLKLORE is about the joy of making something new out of random elements, and few other albums this year have captured that pleasure as well as this one does..." - Rating: A-

Q (1/04, p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[S]he's certainly got a great way with a melody, as 'Powerless' clearly demonstrates."

Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Furtado uses her second album to stretch her perky voice and choice of styles..."
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