Nelly Furtado released 'Big Hoops,' off her upcoming album, 'The Spirit Indestructible.' It's an ode to earrings and getting dolled up to go out, in which she sings, "I bet you never heard something like that." In this case, we wish we still hadn't.

Furtado is more than capable of singing beautifully, but she doesn't come close to doing so in 'Big Hoops.' Early in the track, her voice is simultaneously shrill and flat -- we can only really compare it to a child wailing through a cardboard tube.

While Furtado's 'Loose' was a big departure from her debut, 'Whoa, Nelly!' and sophomore effort 'Folklore,' the Canadian songstress' sound didn't suffer for it. Albiet different, she sounded great.

In 'Big Hoops,' Furtado wants to depart from 'Loose' as well, but she doesn't have anything to say beyond getting dressed and having a guy ignore her. Oh, and she talks about her rump, too. We could forgive her if the beat, vocals or instrumentation were unique or sonically pleasing enough to reconcile the lack of a message (not every track needs to be 'Forca' or 'I'm Like a Bird'), but the song is more irritating than catchy, and the beat isn't strong enough to make many people dance.

"That boy gonna feel my poison." Furtado may not need any arsenic or cyanide after all. If he listens to this song on loop enough times, he'll probably try to off himself, saving her the trouble. Hopefully in her next single, Furtado can do better. We recommend big hooks over 'Big Hoops.'


Listen to Nelly Furtado, 'Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)'