What kind of bird is Nelly Furtado feeling like these days? A spring chicken, apparently – as evidenced by “What You Want To Do (The Night Is Young),” on which she sings, “The night is young and so are we.” Originally leaked under the title “Free”, the track is now released as the first single on her forthcoming greatest hits album — so if you missed it the first time, what you’ll want to do is head below to listen.
It’s been over a decade since Furtado entered public consciousness by comparing herself to our feathered friends in the folky “I’m Like A Bird”. The chanteuse has undergone a couple of striking evolutions since: to carnivorous floozy on 2006’s Loose, spawning such singles as “Maneater” and “Promiscuous,” and then going Latina on her all-Spanish album Mi Plan (even though Furtado hails from Canada and her parents are Portuguese).
“What You Want To Do” continues to take the hot, fun, and bird-like performer in new directions — this time it’s electro-pop. Nelly’s typically mellow vocals almost get lost amidst Salaam Remi’s clubby production – at least until the chorus of “Free, free, free”. It’s another departure for the chameleon-like songbird, whose frequent makeovers will be reflected on The Best of Nelly Furtado, due November 16.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Nelly_Furtado_-_Night_Is_Young.mp3" text="Nelly Furatdo - What You Want To Do (The Night Is Young)" dl="0"]