by Raj Rudolph

Let it be known that I'm a huge Nelly Furtado fan. She wow'd me with her debut album "Whoa Nelly" and follow-up masterpiece "Folklore". When she went more mainstream with tracks like "Maneater" and "Promiscuius", I really loved the musical direction she was going in – and more importantly, people really started to pay attention to her.  But then with Let Loose tour in 2007, things started to go a bit haywire with my love affair with her and quite frankly, I stopped paying attention.

However, with the release of "Parking Lot", my belief in Nelly Furtado as an international pop goddess is most definitely restored. The video is bags of fun, the song is infectious and more importantly, this release brings back her flair for infusing world beats and international influences into her commercial sound which is what I really really love about her as an artist.

Nelly Furtado doesn't need hip-hop collaborations to prove that she's a credible mainstream commercial pop artist – she just needs to be herself and that notion is ever present with "Parking Lot" and her new album, "The Spirit Indestructible" – a rather good download that I've been spending time with the last few days.

The Spirit Indestructible - Nelly Furtado