Nelly Furtado, ‘Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)’ | Track Review
With “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better),” Nelly Furtado clearly creates one of the cleverer, sensual songs of 2012 sans the use three- or four- letter words.
There is something uncannily irresistible about Nelly Furtado’s single “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)” from her upcoming album The Spirit Indestructible due September 11, 2012 . The question is, do you really know WHAT you are listening to and singing along as you are driving in your car and this sick beat starts your head a nodding? While the title of “Big Hoops” suggests that it’s about bling-bling, Furtado clearly creates one of the more clever sensual songs in some time without using three- or four- letter words.
The first reason why we know that ‘earrings’ are only secondary to Furtado’s message is that Furtado keeps repeating “bigger the better, bigger the better…” over and over. Why would anyone care about how big her hoops are? That would be ‘so what’ fodder easily. Obviously, Furtado is referring to something else, picking up where she left off in 2006 after being “Promiscuous“ with Timbaland.
“…Bigger the Better…” repeated over and over is most definitely sensually derived. Earrings are just a clever, radio-friendly reference. Furtado goes on to sing, “…I don’t wanna talk about sex/Wanna express myself tonight…” Hmm, that’s fine, but, why does she even mention ‘sex’ lyrically? She goes on in the next breath to say:
“I can go fast, I can go slow/I can go places nobody else goes/I can move fast/I can move slow/I can go places nobody else goes/Everybody say hey, they goin’ at it all night and day…”
Apparently, everything has to do with tempo, but we all know what she’s getting at. What does tempo have to do with ‘big hoops’? The ‘high road’ suggests Furtado is talking about being ‘patient’ or being ‘quick’ in reference to going about life. That said, Furtado doesn’t seem to care about the ‘high road in life,’ considering her use of double entendres.
The second verse makes her points more obvious: “The boy going to feel my poison/I know he can’t stand the rain…” She then continues on in her innocent, singing:
“…You got my rum rum shaking them another back… and I never have to fake it fake it…”
Definitely NOT about earrings by any means.
Britney Spears put it best in her classic “Oops (I Did It Again)“: “I’m not that innocent.” A song that’s supposed to be about earrings is one of the cleverest, dirty songs on radio in 2012. The question is, how many will be able to decipher Furtado’s sometimes indecipherable lyrics and catch her hidden agenda? There’s a lot to them-there hoops y’all!