Music: Savory Sounds

Nelly Furtado mixes pop, rock and Portuguese fado

When pop performers draw on a wide range of genres in a single album, the result can be hors d'oeuvre music: varied and savory, but perhaps not as satisfying as a main course. Singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, on her hook-laden debut album, Whoa, Nelly! (DreamWorks), borrows from a wide array of styles, such as pop, rock, hip-hop, bossa nova and even Portuguese fado. But Furtado imbues her work with such sprightly energy that her stylistic mix has real impact. Whoa, Nelly! is more than a plate of appetizers; it's a musical meal.

Born in Victoria, B.C., Furtado, 21, is the child of...

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