2006 was officially the year of Timbaland thanks in part to him producing two of the biggest hits of the year (both of which appear on my list) for two of the most unlikely artists: Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado.
It's the latter name on this list that really surprised me. Nelly Furtado? That strange like Portugese-Canadian who sang those funky folk pop songs like "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Lights"? The idea seemed ludicrous- especially when I heard the title. "Promiscuous"? What the hell?
But then I heard the song and I was like...whoa. This little old tune is damn fine. First there's that signature Timbaland beat that sounds like nothing being made right now. And then there's that sexy interplay between Ms. Furtado and Timmy that flows really nicely. Take for example my favorite lyric from the song: "Roses are red/Some diamonds are blue/Chivalry is dead/But you're still kinda cute". On paper it seems like nothing special, but in the context of the song, it is golden.
With "Promiscuous", Ms. Furtado has combined the quirky aspect of her first songs with the, to quote Kathy Griffin, "sleek, sexy and modern" stylings of Timbaland without any trouble or lack of credibility. It doesn't seem that out of place for her to be going this way with her career and that's what makes this song even sweeter.