The sex songs here aren’t just clichés about hands and bodies.
Bits of cut-up vocal are scattered liberally throughout.
And he can dial back the weirdness too, as on the gorgeous “Wait For You.” The idiosyncrasy of his approach is only more obvious given the presence of four non-Timbaland songs.
Then suddenly she was singing about sex over blaring beats from Timbaland.
It could only have been a way to sell records, critics concluded, and if so, it certainly did the trick; the album has sold no fewer than 11 million copies to remains one of the most convincingly and creatively sexual pop albums of the 2000s and one of the finest artifacts of that strange and fertile era for pop.
When Nelly Furtado released Loose in June 2006, it was a curve ball.