Spirit Indestructible

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"Spirit Indestructible"
Nelly Furtado - Spirit Indestructible.jpg
Single by Nelly Furtado
from the album The Spirit Indestructible
Released July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2012; California, United States
(2nd Floor Studios)
Genre Alternative dance, urban pop, worldbeat, electropop, breakbeat
Length 4:01 (main version)
3:55 (radio edit)
Label Interscope, MMG
Songwriter(s) Nelly Furtado, Rodney Jerkins
Producer(s) Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
Nelly Furtado singles chronology
"Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)"
"Spirit Indestructible"
"Parking Lot"

"Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)"
"Spirit Indestructible"
"Parking Lot"
Music video
"Spirit Indestructible" on YouTube

"Spirit Indestructible" is a song by Canadian recording artist Nelly Furtado. The song was released on July 31, 2012 as the second European single from her fifth English-language album, The Spirit Indestructible. The song was written by Furtado and co-written and produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. It is an urban pop song, featuring breakbeat, worldbeat and alternative dance influences.

Lyrically, it has a positive and upbeat message — about having a spirit that is indestructible and unbreakable, along with a heart that’s pure and a body that’s a miracle. The song received mixed reviews from music critics, some praised the "epic chorus" and the uplifiting lyrics, but others felt that the song was a "mess" and a strange choice of single.

The music video was shot on Vancouver’s scenic Grouse Mountain and captures the song’s empowering and spiritual message, featuring snow-capped mountains and beach bonfires, as well as Furtado performing in a theater alongside a kid playing on a miniature piano. The song performed modestly on the charts, reaching the top forty in Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Background and release[edit]

"Spirit Indestructible" is the first song Furtado and Darkchild recorded together at 2nd Floor Studio in California.[1] In an interview she has described the song as "a tribute to the humanity" and "how strong our spirits are."[2] Her trip to Kenya, as an ambassador for charity Free The Children, helped her to write the song.[3] She also recorded a Spanglish version of the song, titled "Espíritu Invencible".[4] The song was released via digital download in Europe on July 31, 2012, in Germany on August 3,[5] and on August 14, 2012, in the U.S. Digital Amazon store.[6]


"Spirit Indestructible" was written by Furtado and co-written and produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins.[7] The song is a pop and urban pop song, featuring hip hop beats, a breakbeat, Freestyle and alternative dance influences, in the same style of lead single "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)".[8] It also incorporates elements from many forms of pop.[9] The song starts out with a piano introduction and then Nelly starts singing the first verse: "Through my one square foot window, I can see outside / I have chains on my feet, but not in my mind."[3] After the first chorus, a driving drum beat enters as the second verse is sung.[8] The post chorus features a military-drum breakdown, with Furtado singing 'AEIOU'.[8]

Lyrically, it has a positive and upbeat message — about having a spirit that is indestructible and unbreakable, along with a heart that’s pure and a body that’s a miracle.[9] "It’s an ode to the spirit which resides in all of us and triumphs over anything," she explained.[7] "It is inspired by people I have met, and special moments in history that I have read about."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mostly mixed reviews from music critics. Katharine St. Asaph of Pop Dust gave the song 3 out of 5 stars, commenting, "You end up wishing the entire song was like the second half–the lyrics are the same, so it’s no less inspirational, and it’s more inspiring anyway to move than to wonder whether you’re listening to a half-finished demo, where the producers fleshed out Nelly’s voice but didn’t get around to half the instruments yet. It’s probably too disjointed for radio play, and it’s a strange choice of single even with Darkchild producing again."[8] Nolan Feenay from Entertainment Weekly's Music Mix wrote that "the song has a chorus as epic and uplifting as you’d expect with a new-age title like that."[10] However, he called it "a Frankenstein of musical styles. The opening keyboard recalls the intro to Lady Gaga’s 'Marry the Night,' and the Timbaland-esque beat that kicks in later sounds like a rhythmic repeat of their 2006 hit 'Promiscuous'. Now throw in a vowel-chanting breakdown, a cinematic war cry of a bridge, and some guitar for the heck of it? Woah, Nelly. That’s a lot of song you’ve got there."[10]

Becky Bain of Idolator commented: "Oddly, there’s something totally 80s about whatever’s going on in this hot mess of a song. It needs a lot more work to make the whole thing mesh together. And we know Nelly has always been a bit nasal, but here she just sounds like she’s whining."[11] Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush gave the song 2 out of 5 stars, commenting, "This song isn’t exactly a step up from the novelty of ‘Big Hoops.’ This track doesn’t act as a showpiece for Furtado’s vocals, either. In fact, they are more than a little bit grating and almost whiny. It’s Furtado’s pitch that makes you want to cover your ears. It’s dance floor jam, but it’s also stuffed with trite contemporary pop conventions. There’s nothing about this song that distinguishes it from the oversaturated market."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Spirit Indestructible" debuted at number 41 on the Ö3 Austria Top 75 chart.[12] Later, the song fell to number 44, but jumped to number 42, in its third week.[12] In Germany, the song peaked at number 23 on the Media Control AG chart.[13] In Switzerland, the song reached number 32 on the Schweizer Hitparade.[14]

Music video[edit]

A lyric video was released before the official video. The video is about Spencer West, a paraplegic who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using only his hands.[9] The official music video for "Spirit Indestructible" was filmed on June 15, 2012 at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[15] On July 13, 2012, Furtado uploaded via her YouTube account, a behind-the-scenes video. The video was directed by Aaron A, who worked on her video, "Bajo Otra Luz". The video premiered on July 18, 2012 on VEVO.[16] The video begins with Furtado singing in a stage accompanied by a young boy playing a piano and when the beat of music starts, Furtado suddenly is on a mountain, where she twirls around while conjuring up her own unbeatable inner strength.[17] Furtado then leads a crew of men to a beach for a spiritual drum circle session and a dance around a bonfire.[17] The second part of the video shows her walking with drummers on the beach and dancing on a mountain and behind the blue sky wearing a golden dress. In the final shot, the snow has melted, and Furtado turns to dust and is at one with nature.[17]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Spirit Indestructible" – 4:01
  • Germany digital download[20]
  1. "Spirit Indestructible" (radio edit) – 3:35
  2. "Spirit Indestructible" (acoustic) – 3:55
  3. "Spirit Indestructible" (music video) – 4:18
  • UK digital download[21]
  1. "Spirit Indestructible" – 4:01
  2. "Spirit Indestructible" (radio edit) – 3:35
  3. "Spirit Indestructible" (acoustic) – 3:55
  4. "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" (Wideboys Remix)
  5. "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" (Michael Woods Remix)
  1. "Spirit Indestructible" (radio edit) – 3:35
  2. "Spirit Indestructible" (acoustic) – 3:55

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from The Spirit Indestructible album liner notes.[23]

  • Nelly Furtado — lyrics, vocal production, lead and background vocals, mixing
  • Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins — music, production, vocal production, mixing
  • Brent Paschke — guitar
  • Greg Morgan — sound design
  • Matt Champlin — recording, mixing
  • Orlando Vitto — recording
  • Brandon N. Caddell — engineering assistance

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 41
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[24] 75
Germany (Media Control AG)[13] 23
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[25] 79
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[26] 10
Gaon Singles Chart[27] 72
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 32

Release dates[edit]

Country Date Format
Worldwide[18] July 31, 2012 Digital download
Germany[5] August 3, 2012 CD single, digital download
United States[6] August 14, 2012 Digital download
Canada[19] August 14, 2012 Digital download
United Kingdom[21] September 23, 2012 Digital download


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