Nelly Furtado – The Ride (Nelstar, 2017)
Nelly Furtado has a new album after a five-year hiatus from the music industry. The Ride is a journey through a variety of genre mixtures, including synch-rock, electro-folk and soft pop songs. She explores different instrumental ballads in every track which makes this album an unexpected, yet original comeback. The opening song, “Cold Hard Truth,” is all about that bass with its strong pop-electro feel. “Carnival Games” has a pop-folk smoothness to it with mellow piano sounds, making it a soothing and nostalgic track. “Live” is your typical happy-go-lucky pop song and will send good vibes your way with its upbeat keyboard melodies. Furtado’s new tracks are a good listen, however, they are not her usual catchy pop hits, nor do they have that distinct lyrical content Furtado is known for. As a Furtado fan, I was slightly let down by the strong emphasis on electro-pop in The Ride.
Trial Track: “Live”