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.
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