Buckle up bitches, Nelly Furtado ain’t playing around anymore…
After treating us to her “Pipe Dreams” to help tide us over back in November, Nelly Furtado — aka Promiscuous Queen — has returned with “Cold Hard Truth,” another reassuring taste off of her upcoming album The Ride (due out March 31) – and now, I am legitimately SHOOK.
“Cold Hard Truth” feels like the natural, pop-oriented evolution we’ve been waiting for: The (presumably) John Congleton-helmed track twists and turns, crashes and bounces itself in between rapidly changing tempos, leaping from smoothly crooned verses, to spirited yells – “coming, coming, coming” and “hovering, hovering, hovering” – to an almighty, “Maneater“-like power pop-rock chorus: “But the cold hard truth is/ I can make it without you/ And the cold hard truth is I’ve been waiting, and winded/ And as I fly away, you fly your life away/ ‘Cause you and I were meant/ We were meant to be alone/ alone, alone/ We were meant to be alone/ Alone, laying low.”
Nelly‘s infectious, passionate delivery feels fresh and nostalgic all at once, while the electric-guitar pulses and crashing drums are giving me all sorts of No Doubt-like vibes. And yeah, sure, it might not exactly scream POP SMASH, but “Cold Hard Truth” is undeniably a fantastic song from the very first play, loaded with melodic hooks and punchy rhythms for days. This is what I call a comeback, ladies, gents and mo’s.
1. Cold Hard Truth
3. Carnival Games
5. Paris Sun
6. Sticks and Stones
8. Pipe Dreams
10. Tap Dancing
11. Right Road
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