I remember clearly to have asked her first album "whoa Nelly" as a gift for my birthday in august 2001 but I don't know more. I think I was then open to expand my musical tastes and maybe experience new albums only with a good video/single. « I'm like a bird » checked this : a positive, dynamic song by a pretty newcomer with a special voice. The album had good other nuggets (« hey man », « on the radio », « well, well », « my love grows deeper », « scared of you ») and so i was among the first when Nelly released her second « folklore » in 2003 : this one was even better, with more maturity and less dance party (« powerless », « explode », « try », « grass is green », « build you up », « childhood dreams »). Thus i was again among the first when Nelly released her third « loose » in 2006 : this is again a great one as it mixes all her feelings together and surprise shows Nelly as hot, sexy, lascivious ! Compared to Natalie Imbruglia (#63) or even Nadiya (#27), Nelly shows now definitely more skin and sexy dances moves ! So her appearance in this SNL episode made news at the time as she did « promiscuous » with a low cut, tight jeans that en-chances her great booty then ! This « loose « period was indeed terrific as she was really everywhere, with great songs (« Maneater », « Showtime », « say it right », « do it »). Her last superb song « all good thing come to an end » was maybe prophetic as this golden era stopped in 2009. I didn't follow her with her fourth album in Spanish as those songs were always the worst in their albums ! I didn't get also her last album in English as i'm now hard-of-hearing and without any great motivation to listen to new music .
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