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Nelly Furtado: “Pipe Dreams” (Official Music Video)

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Nelly Furtado: “Pipe Dreams” (Official Music Video)

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The Ride
Nelly Furtado - The Ride.png
Studio album by Nelly Furtado
Released31 March 2017 (2017-03-31)
StudioElmwood Recording
  • Indie pop[1]
  • R&B[2]
  • John Congleton
  • Mark Taylor
Nelly Furtado chronology
Singles from The Ride
  1. "Pipe Dreams"
    Released: 20 December 2016

The Ride is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado. The album was released on 31 March 2017 by Furtado's own record label, Nelstar Music.

The album reached number 76 in Furtado's home country, Canada,[3] and also reached the top 100 in Germany,[4] Italy[5] and Switzerland.[6] It did not chart on the UK Albums Chart, but reached number 81 on the UK Album Sales Chart.[7]


  • 1 Production
  • 2 Music and lyrics
  • 3 Singles
  • 4 Critical reception
  • 5 Track listing
  • 6 Personnel
  • 7 Charts
  • 8 Release history
  • 9 References


The first song that Furtado wrote for the album was "Phoenix".[8] She co-wrote the song with Mark Taylor, who produced "Broken Strings" in 2008, a duet between Furtado and singer James Morrison. According to Furtado, she "kind of hit bottom" a week prior to writing the song, elaborating that she had been going through a very rough patch in her life at the time.[9]

Furtado wanted to work with Taylor again (after working with him on "Broken Strings"), who sent her an email saying he wrote a song called "Sticks and Stones" (originally performed by English singer-songwriter Arlissa), stating Furtado's voice would fit with the song. Furtado, in return, answered she wanted to record the song and write songs with him.[10] After that, she flew to England and started writing songs with Taylor and Paul Barry, in which sessions she recorded "Sticks and Stones" and wrote "Phoenix" and "Bliss", the latter being included on the deluxe vinyl.[11]

Furtado met the producer John Congleton in August 2014, through American indie rock singer-songwriter Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, whom Furtado first met a year before that. The first song Furtado and Congleton wrote together was "Flatline".[9]

Music and lyrics

Furtado has described The Ride as being her "hangover album".[8]


Furtado released "Behind Your Back", a song that she called "a palette cleanse" and "an appetizer" for her then-untitled sixth studio album, on 13 July 2016.[12] Although she originally stated that the song would not be included on the album, she later revealed that it would be included on the deluxe edition of the album. It was chosen to be the first song released from the album because it didn't fit in with the sound of what she referred to as the "actual album".[13] On 7 September 2016, Furtado revealed that she would release another song from the deluxe edition of the album called "Islands of Me".[14] The song was released two days later, on 9 September 2016.[15] Both "Behind Your Back" and "Islands of Me" were only available on the music streaming platform Spotify until 28 October 2016, when they were made available to purchase on digital retailers.[16][17]

"Pipe Dreams" was released on 15 November 2016.[18] When asked if the song was the first single from the album, Furtado responded by saying that she will not be releasing any singles from the album and that she will be releasing songs that she wants to share, "which is all twelve".[19] Furtado released "Cold Hard Truth", along with the pre-order of the album, on 27 January 2017.[20]

Critical reception

On Metacritic, The Ride has a score of 64 out of 100 based on reviews from nine critics, indicating "generally favorable" reception.[21]

Track listing

All tracks produced by John Congleton, except "Sticks and Stones", which was produced by Congleton and Mark Taylor.


Credits below are adapted from the The Ride liner notes.[24]

  • Nelly Furtado – vocals
  • John Congleton – production, mixing, engineering, bells, drum programming, guitar, keyboards, orchestra bells
  • Mark Taylor – production, vocal engineering, vocal production
  • Bobby Sparks – ARP String Ensemble, bass, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, Juno, Mellotron, Minimoog, grand piano, synthesizer
  • Adam Pickrell – bass, Hammond B3, keyboards, Minimoog, piano, synthesizer, synthesizer strings
  • Sean Kelly – acoustic guitar
  • Alex Bhore – engineering assistance
  • Jason "Metal" Donkersgoed – engineering assistance
  • Luke Schindler – engineering assistance
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Samantha McCurdy – design
  • Jake Elliot – illustrations
  • Joachim Johnson – photography


  1. ^ a b "Review: Nelly Furtado Goes Indie Label, Indie-Pop on 'The Ride'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Nelly Furtado: The Ride Album Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Nelly Furtado – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Nelly Furtado. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b " – Nelly Furtado – The Ride" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 14 (dal 2017-03-31 al 2017-04-06)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  6. ^ a b " – Nelly Furtado – The Ride". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Official Album Sales Chart Top 100: 7 April 2017 – 13 April 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Nelly Furtado on Dev Hynes, Going Indie & Why 'The Ride' Is Her 'Hangover Album'". 
  9. ^ a b Stevenson, Jane; Network, Postmedia. "Nelly Furtado deals with the dark side". torontosun. 
  10. ^ De Galier, Thea. "Nelly Furtado on her five-year break: 'I wanted to write a play, sew my daughter a dress, learn how to use a pottery wheel'". iNews. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  11. ^ Wass, Mike. "Nelly Furtado Talks 'The Ride'". Idolator. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Nelly Furtado Drops 'Behind Your Back,' An 'Appetizer' For Her New Album". 
  13. ^ "nelly furtado on her musical evolution and working with dev hynes - read - i-D". 
  14. ^ "Nelly Furtado Announces New Song "Islands Of Me" - Idolator". 7 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Nelly Furtado Opens Up About 6th LP 'The Ride' - Idolator". 9 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Behind Your Back" – via Amazon. 
  17. ^ "Islands of Me" – via Amazon. 
  18. ^ "Listen To "Pipe Dreams" From Nelly Furtado's Forthcoming Album". 
  19. ^ "Nelly Furtado on Twitter". 
  20. ^ Wass, Mike. "Nelly Furtado's Creative Rebirth Continues With "Cold Hard Truth"". Idolator. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "The Ride by Nelly Furtado". Metacritic. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "The Ride - Nelly Furtado | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  23. ^ Hutchinson, Kate (30 March 2017). "Nelly Furtado: The Ride review – a hit-and-miss patchwork of trendy pop styles". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  24. ^ The Ride (album liner notes). Nelly Furtado. Nelstar Entertainment. 2017. 
  25. ^ " – Nelly Furtado – The Ride" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  26. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  27. ^ "Billbord Independent Albums: 22 April 2017". Billboard. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  28. ^ Release of The Ride in Germany:
    • CD
    • Digital
    • LP
  29. ^ Release of The Ride in the United Kingdom:
    • CD
    • Digital
    • LP
  30. ^ Release of The Ride in the United States:
    • CD
    • Digital
    • LP

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