First Hit #1: February 26, 2007
The year 2007 has some of the worst songs in recorded history coming up, but it does start out fairly decent. Nelly Furtado’s collaboration with Timbaland did give her the first number one of her career, but it also was more a Timbaland song than a Furtado one. It was quite far from what she has done before, and while she was having fun with the idea – as was he – it was still a break from her past as well as what she’s kind of known for. Say it Right, on the other hand, is a lot closer to what she’s known for, and it’s a collaboration that really brings out the best in Timbaland as well.
I genuinely love the arrangement, which uses voice and percussion to build a beat and create something that transcends trends rather than just follows them. Vocally, Furtado is a bit staccato, but she’s also bringing out the full character of her voice and making something a bit more delicate and nuanced than her attempt at being flirtatious. This is still straight up pop music, it’s not avante garde or anything, and the chorus proves it, going much more conventional than the rest of the song. But it’s pop music that’s a bit better than it has to be, and that’s always welcome.
Especially in a year that features a song that makes me want to die a bit. But that’s a few days from now.