Nelly Furtado – ‘Do It’

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What’s this? A pop song?!

One thing that’s becoming apparent to me about this blog is that I listen to much more pop music than I write about. I have a special place in my heart for the less remembered and underrated.

In the UK, ‘Do It’ was the fifth and final (at least in my memory) single released from Furtado’s career-reviving Loose. Aside from ‘Maneater’ (which has NOT aged well), the singles from Loose still sound fresh thanks to Furtado’s charged vocals and Timbaland’s tight production (including some sampling/plagiarism of Janne Suni).

‘Do It’ is modern RnB filtered through 80’s pop music. On the RnB end, there’s a killer beat and simple bassline. On the 80’s end there’s some video-gamey synths, a constant chorus of bleeps and bloops, and a bubblegum sweet voice masking some suggestive lyrics. It’s a simple song, but a very catchy one.

Avoid the Missy Elliott version. She adds nothing. (Don’t get me wrong, I love Missy Elliott solo, but around this time she had a habit of cropping up uninvited in pop songs – maybe she had bills to pay?).

Track: Do It
Artist: Nelly Furtado
Year: 2006
From: Loose [Geffen]

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