summer album preview: loose.

Nelly Furtado‘s new material has gained her titles ranging from slut to sellout to comeback queen. The lead single in the US, “Promiscuous”, is in heavy rotation on video channels and radio. Some are shocked by her new sexy, “hip-hop” sound and image. Some are shocked by the fact that she’s working with Timbaland

These people are idiots.

Okay, that’s a bit harsh…You may be among those people. If you are, let me educate you dearie. Ms. Furtado and Timbaland have collaborated as early as 2001 on the “Turn Off the Lights” remix. She was featured on Missy Elliott‘s “Get Ur Freak On” remix (2001) and Ms. Jade‘s “Ching Ching”…both produced by Timbo and recorded a year or two after her debut album was recorded. They’re not strangers. On top of that, she has collaborated with The Roots, Jurassic 5, and Swollen Members. She even experimented with rapping and spoken word poetry on her first album. Nelly Furtado and the hip-hop genre aren’t strangers either.

With that said, let’s address the sexy image. Nelly has recently split with her husband. Quite simply, the girl is doing her thang and letting…um…Loose. You may be surprised to hear that the material of the album isn’t all sex-charged pop. “In God’s Hands” addresses the end of her relationship with her husband, “Afraid” is a classic soul-searching Furtado song that just happens to have a Timbaland beat, and “What I Wanted” showcases the same acoustic-guitar bearing Nelly who sang about birds. The album maintains Nelly’s power of making every song a cultural and emotional explosion. It’s the same Nelly we know and love (or hate), but she’s back with a bit more…uh…flava.

And she sort of needs it. While her debut album Whoa, Nelly! managed to push two million off the shelves in the US, the follow-up, Folklore, only pushed a quarter of that off the shelves. This was partially due to issues with the record company and lack of promotion, as the album was minorly successful on a global level (“Try” reached #1 in Mexico) and embraced by her die-hard fans. In any case, Nelly had to switch things up if she wanted to keep making music. Timbaland was the man to help her do it.

Random interruption: Have you heard that Timbaland and Bjork are collaborating? I hope more than anything that this is true.

The track that stood out most for me was “Do It”, mostly because it is a dance anthem strangely between two of the album’s slower, more introspective tracks. “Do It” is sure to be compared to the style of Gwen Stefani’s Love Angel Music Baby, a much more accurate comparison than Paris Hilton‘s “Stars are Blind” (which is reminiscent of Gwen, but on the No Doubt album, Rocksteady). The straight-up 80s feel of this track will likely enable it to be adopted as an underground dance party gem.

Another surprise on the album is the exciting alternate conclusion to the UK single “Maneater”, which brings in the genius Mr. Mosley chanting “I been around the world, never seen a girl like this.”

In less words, Loose is a strange collection of songs that are sure to gain a new collection of fans without straying too far from the formula that gained her the old ones. Will the original fans embrace it? Honestly…I don’t even think that matters at this point.

DOWNLOAD: NELLY FURTADO- Do It
DOWNLOAD: NELLY FURTADO- Maneater (album version)

PRE-ORDER Loose, out on June 20th

BLOGWATCH: The big blogs are catching on to Tigarah…check out “Fake Out” and “Roppongi-Dori” at bigstereo.

summer album preview: impeach my bush.

PEACHES has taught you well. But seriously…are all you motherfuckers ready for the Fatherfucker? No? Well, maybe you’re ready for Impeach My Bush, the third album by the queen of obscene, sucky-sucking, genderfucking electroclash.

Impeach My Bush finds Peaches out of her element in…an actual studio. But have no fear! The vocals have been treated in such a way to make them sound like they were recorded in a small, shitty room. There’s still that gritty Peaches sound, but with a touch of smoothness. And she hasn’t lost her edge either. With songs like “Slippery Dick”, “Tent in Your Pants”, and “Fuck or Kill”, you know this is the same lady who once urged you to fuck the pain away. How can you not love an album that contains the lyric, “I’d rather fuck who I want than kill who I have to”?

Strangely, the biggest surprise of the album is a a special guest appearance by Ms. Leslie Feist, Peaches’ former roommate. WHAT??? As a friend pointed out, “That’s like Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones but less musical”. The duo collaborate on the song “Downtown”, an incredibly mellow song for Ms. Nisker. I’m not going to lie…the song is almost sexy enough that even I’d let Peaches show me “her thing”.

DOWNLOAD: PEACHES f/ FEIST- Downtown

To make up for the faulty link to “Do Ya”, may I recommend that you head over to Pardon My Freedom to d/l two other new tracks from Impeach My Bush? I’ll replace the “Do Ya” link as soon as I get my computer up and running back in NJ.

PRE-ORDER Impeach My Bush, to be released on July 11th

boy crisis: let’s get blogtastic.

Boy Crisis is old news in some communities at Wesleyan University, but as far as I know…they have yet to make their blogosphere debut. They claim that they sound like, “a computer having sex with a beautiful bird or something like that”…but I’d have to say that they sound more like a bunch of boys who make delightfully energetic, silly dance music that you can’t take serious at all…literally. You really can’t.

Maybe it’s the ridiculous music video for the silly song “Let’s Get Fantastic” or exciting, interactive music video for “The Feelings are Real” (which allows you to make a hot dog float in outer space) both created by Jordan Fish of Teen Homicide / Channel 1o2 fame? Maybe it’s all in the music? Maybe it’s the baby monkey photo or album release date of 3006 listed on their page? Either way, there’s a certain humor of Boy Crisis that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Boy Crisis is certainly an acquired taste for some, an immediate favorite for others. Upon first listen to Boy Crisis, I decided that the music was far too repetitive and annoying. The following day, I found myself tapping my foot and singing the song in my head. It was as if they had some 24 hour subliminal hypnotism on their myspace page. It was the sort of hunger you have for a song when you can’t get it out of your head until you hear it again. And I was stuck at work…with no speakers. The need for the song began consuming me. I knew it was wrong, but it felt so right. It felt so…real. I just want to…feel…real.

DOWNLOAD: BOY CRISIS- The Feelings Are Real

TRIVIA: Boy Crisis member Alex Kestner created the song for video-director Jordan Fish’s pilot Teen Homicide. Boy Crisis member Victor Vazquez appeared later in the series as a man in a penguin suit carrying a knife. Boy Crisis member Tal Rozen never appeared in Teen Homicide, but he made some paintings once or twice.