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Released: 14th May 2001.

Nelly Furtado - Whoa, NellyIt's not often that a new artist comes along with such a diverse style, such a number of different influences and such a unique take on modern music, as Nelly Furtado. The Portuguese-Canadian singer-songwriter's wide range of musical influences are shown off from track to track on "Whoa, Nelly", her debut album.

Her Portuguese heritage comes to the forefront with the Latin guitar and sound in "I Will Make You Cry" and "Scared of You". Hip-Hop and R&B influences "...On The Radio" and "Turn Off The Light". There's a bit of upbeat folk in "I'm Like A Bird" and "Hey, Man!", and a completely unique pop sound in "Well, Well".

From beginning to end, this album is completely stunning, surprising the listener at every turn with a new sound, a new style and heartfelt, inspirational lyrics. Nelly Furtado is gonna go far. Very far.

* * * * * (Tom Hall)

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