- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2002

One of the good things about listening to Nelly Furtado's music is that regardless of the time of year, we on the East Coast can get the feel of being in California or some other sunny spot.
That said, if you saw Miss Furtado at the 9:30 Club in Northwest this weekend you probably were let down by getting Seattle grunge vibes from hearing the music live.
Instead of accentuating the beat, heat and happy lightness of her songs, Miss Furtado performs live
with an almost alternative sound, losing the uniqueness of her music.
She seemed to be trying too hard to be an average pop star with her constant "I love you D.C." screams and encouragement to the audience to wave hands, jump or sing along.
Friday's show opened with "Baby Girl," which was barely recognizable with a Third Eye Blind sound.
The audience was well riled, a feeling that came and went and returned again for the end of the act.
At 23, Miss Furtado has an excellent, flexible and fun voice that was, thankfully, still there. But the magic of her songs was mostly gone.
The highlight was her hit, 'I'm Like a Bird," for which she won the Grammy Award for best female pop vocal performance.
At the concert Friday, she had the audience sing parts of the tune while soap bubbles sprang up from both sides of the stage and covered the ceiling.
It was quite a sight, especially when the bright white lights from the back of the stage reflected in the rising bubbles against the lime-colored stage background, which had the artist's name written in huge hot pink letters.
The 90-minute show ran a gamut of musical genres, from R&B;, to rock, to hip-hop to Latin.
Among her numbers was "Scared of You," which is mostly in Portuguese. It was beautifully done, with the proper tone of melancholy and slow, heady guitar, which Miss Furtado played.
"Well, Well," "Legend" and "Trynna Finda Way" had most of the crowd going, though the terrace level contained many unmoving, silent bodies making only the slightest shoulder, head or hip sway.
Being a fan of experimentation, Miss Furtado performed some numbers that are not on her record, such as Mary J. Blige's "Real Love," Kris Kross' "Jump" and Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On."
These songs had more people dancing than some of Miss Furtado's own work.


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