The Bottom Line
Changing direction from the slinky "Promiscuous", Nelly Furtado's "Maneater" is a dance floor scorcher. It was the first single released in the UK from her album Loose and was a #1 pop smash. The incessant repetition of "Maneater" may work better on the dance floor than on pop radio in the U.S.
- Thumping beat
- Singalong chorus
- Repetitive - wears thin except on the dancefloor
- Powerful slamming beat
- Catchy chorus
- Nelly Furtado's gliding vocals
Guide Review - Nelly Furtado - Maneater
When Geffen execs decided to release different lead singles for Nelly Furtado's album Loose in the UK and the US, some fans grumbled. However, hindsight seems to indicate it was a brilliant decision. "Promiscuous" soared to #1 and became the top hit of the summer while "Maneater" had similar success in the UK.
Now "Maneater" is headed across the Atlantic seeking to replicate the success of "Promiscuous." While the song kicks off in sizzling fashion with a powerful thumping beat and insanely catchy chorus, its not long before you realize there's not much else to the record. By the time "Maneater" shifts gears near the end, this tale of a femme fatale nears the threshold of annoyance.
Amped up on the dance floor, "Maneater" works well. However, on pop radio, the chorus can wear out its welcome and the intense beats don't work as well. "Maneater" stands a realistic chance of being another pop hit for Nelly Furtado, but it won't match the success of "Promiscuous."