The Spirit Indestructible
Label: Mosley / Interscope
If this were anyone other than Nelly Furtado, we'd swear Spirit Indestructible was the sound of a major identity crisis. Guests like Nas and Cape Verdean singer Sara Tavares, and themes from big hoops to Arab Spring are set in a wild sonic spectrum: club beats, folksy alt-pop, sexy hip-hop, Asian synth-strings ("Miracles") and a kind of kuduro-disco-alt-JLo pastiche ("Waiting for the Night"). Nelly's always small voice feels lost in the shuffle, almost as if the eclecticist herself isn't sure where she wants to go after trying out funky hippie, club seductress and Latin pop diva. Almost.