Nelly Furtado’s, “The Ride” came out in March 2017 during an important time of my life. I was nearing the end of my college career and going through several emotional roller coasters that I somehow survived but nonetheless, the album got me me through. What seemed like a grim moment this now, independent artist unveils a masterpieces that speaks life into the soul.
Songs about truth and perseverance; sung with vulnerable emotion while remaining strong in times of discomfort. To me, this uncomfortable feeling is not a disappointing one- it’s more so walking away from a situation with nothing but your pride and dignity. The naked feeling of not having the background noise that once distracted you from what was really going on. In the songs like “Carnival Games, “Tap Dancing,” and “Phoenix” reopens the wounds that haven’t properly healed but in a way for you to realize that if you don’t take care of yourself properly, no one else will.
While there are some upbeat songs on the album, this record a form a therapy that helps the individual process the problems that we cannot face in three (3) to four (4)minutes. With lyrics like, “If I can’t really know you I’d rather walk on“, “Look what life’s done to you? You hear lies in everybody’s truth” and lastly “I don’t want to take off these shoes because I’m afraid of the truth that I’m not enough for you.” I was left paralyzed each time I heard those words being brought to life. My mind transporting to that place and time where I’ve experienced these instances but “the cold hard truth is, I can make it with you.” That last lyric fills me up with confidence knowing that I don’t need to be led by broken promises. I have my own back.
These twelve (12) songs are packed with stories that will have your mind in a whirlwind. For me, it’s a journey that everyone should take so they can remember why they are moving forward and should continue to move forward. “The Ride” is Nelly Furtado’s best work.
Top 5 five songs from the album: