Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Record label: Universal Latino
Genre(s): Rock, Latin
Cooling her heels while crafting a follow-up to her hot dance makeover Loose, Nelly Furtado released Mi Plan, her first full-length Spanish album, in the fall of 2009. As it turns out, Mi Plan comes much closer to Furtado's previous music than Loose, but she's retained many lessons from her time with Timbaland, giving this a much stronger rhythmic foundation than her first two albums which this otherwise resembles in sound and structure. Nelly still sounds vaguely like a modern hippie, fusing together cultures with a hazily spiritual undertow, something that works well on an album like this, which is pitched at a Latin audience but never feels like a niche throwaway by a superstar.
Furtado’s progression from Portuguese-?Canadian pop-folkie to urban-radio dance-floor minx went fairly smoothly. Her latest incarnation — perhaps best described as Latina easy listening — puts her in a long line of chart divas (J. Lo, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera) who have jumped on the álbum en español bandwagon, and the results are not so muy bien.
NELLY FURTADO “Mi Plan”. (Universal Latino).