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Monday, February 13, 2006

Nelly Furtado, "Maneater" (2006)

1. No, it's not a cover of Hall and Oates.

2. It's on the same subject matter, though. Of course. It's not like there's much room for a song called "Maneater" to be about something else. Ricky Martin would be very jealous of the lyric: he is, after all, the torchbearer for the canon of songs about voracious women. She looks like a flower but she stings like a bee. Like every girl in history. When sung by men, the sentiment is oftentimes either misogynistic, or perhaps just offers a clever way out for a male singer who may not want to sing about women, but can this way appear to be doing so. I'm just sayin'.

3. Moving between first and third person pronouns, Nelly either owns or disavows the identity. And invites us to: much of the song is an invitation for us to dance like we eat men. "Move your body around like a nympho." Well, just try and stop me.

4. The video will undoubtedly include a dance to learn and love.

5. Ohmilord, the guitar riff, etc. And the Timba-beat, suitable even for multiple left feet. And the hi-hat. Bsst! Bsst! Bsst! It might be an actual piston steam engine.

6. On the one hand, it does need a middle eight. On the other hand, there is no rap in the middle. Lose some, win some.


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