Another interesting thing about Loose is how little Furtado, as a vocalist, sounds like your typical “sexy” female pop singer circa 2006. And then – holy shit – there’s Timbaland’s production.
On “Maneater,” with its layers of slightly off-key chanting, she sounds a bit like a cackling goblin. Loose was mere months removed from Justin Timberlake’s Future Sex/Love Sounds, in which Timbaland embraced his status as auteur by drowning his protege in pompous symphonies.
In JT's call-out to his unidentified artist, he sings: "We missed you on the charts last week / Damn, that's right, you wasn't there / If sexy never left, then why's everybody on my shit?
But she doesn’t feel like she’s in over her head here, and her effortlessness and comfort suggests that this was something she wanted from the get-go and just got the OK from Timbaland. Either way, this stands as one of the most artful recent mainstream symbioses between vocalist and producer and one of the great gems of 2000s pop.“Te Busque” is a post-grunge nightmare with a hammy chorus from Juanes and some truly dreadful rapping from Furtado.“In God’s Hands” and “All Good Things” are hookless acoustic cheese that mostly seem to offset the risk of making a commercial gambit with such a strange record.They're still looking for a name; if you have any brilliant ideas, contact Ms. The purported band's name is also up in the air, she says: "We keeparguing over names.I want these really weird, subversive names, and(Timbaland) wants these mysterious, like, ' Lord of the Rings' kind ofnames.