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Circus is the seventh album by Britney Spears. It rolls into town on the heels of an MTV VMA awards sweep, where Britney walked away with three Moonmen awards for 'Video of the Year', 'Best Female' and 'Best Pop Video' for 'Piece of Me'. Circus is the follow up to her critically well received album, Blackout, just in in time for her 27th birthday. The lead single, 'Womanizer' (produced by the up and coming Atlanta production team the Outsider's) has already created a frenzy amongst Britney fantaics, radio and the media alike-underscoring Britney's continued reign as one of the Queens of Pop.

Squint at the cover of Circus and it's easy to mistake Britney Spears for the flow-haired Jessica Simpson--an indication that the bold come-ons of 2007's Blackout, a commercial success but a critical letdown, may have given way to something softer and prettier. Don’t be fooled. Circus differs from Blackout in a number of ways, the most important being that 1) it keeps its ringmasters--i.e., its producers--in check instead of allowing them to run an overly sleek show, and 2) Brit brings it vocally here in a way she hasn’t since 2003’s In the Zone (check "Kill the Lights," on which she channels her mentor Madonna and the liquid-y "Blur"). Beyond that, Circus is, as its title promises, a Blackout-like spectacle. Which is not to say the songs being made under this particular big top aren't top quality. Those who pine for the pre-trainwreck Britney will warm to the suggestive but not outright slutty "Mmm Papi," and anyone who can't get enough of the embattled publicity magnet will eat up "Womanizer" and the title track. Spears--let's be honest--lacks acrobatic grace, at least under tabloid scrutiny. What's great about Circus is it proves she's still willing to jump through hoops to make likable, stylish music. --Tammy La Gorce
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  • Audio CD (December 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B001GO09MI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Last year's "Blackout" was a strong pop record that sold well, peaking at #2 on the Billboard charts and yielding a handful of hit singles. "Circus," therefore, represents more of a personal than musical comeback for Spears.

The good sense to release "Womanizer" - a chugging, energetic slice of guilty pleasure dance/pop with no self-conscious lyrical connection to Spears' personal life - as the lead single for the album - her second #1 single and first of the late 2000s - has certainly paid off.

"Circus" contains many potential smashes, suggesting it may have a shelf life of significant length. The naughty "If U Seek Amy" is all sass and swagger, and the title track percolates and bubbles with hyperactive energy. "Lace and Leather" is spare, sexy sensuality with its downbeat tempo and spacey synths, and "Kill the Lights" is an out-the-ballpark smash with its frothy tempo changes and matter-of-fact, detached vocal delivery.

It may take a few plays for the hooks to settle in, but these are songs are not Disney radio-fodder pop machinizations to be forgotten by next week. These hooks are contagious and, most importantly, completely fun.

Spears again attempts light, melancholy balladry in the vein of "Sometimes" and "Everytime (sp: Every Time)" after last year's "Blackout" was wall-to-wall sexual energy and party jams. "Unusual You" is a new variation on "Everytime" with a cushier, more understated hook that could spell surprise mega-smash, although such could also happen for full-throttle breakup ballad "Out From Under," even if its lyrics lean toward the overly literal. The soft, devotional "My Baby" provides a strong, unexpected conclusion.

Surprisingly, "Circus" is not a pure cotton candy/crackerjack sugar rush.
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I have to tell you I started listening to the album tracks weeks ago and loved about 13 out of the 15 songs that were going to be in the deluxe version. I bought the album of course today, had to go to 3 stores to find it (Walmart and Target were sold out so had to go to Best Buy) well worth it. My top songs of the album are Womanizer, Unusual You, If You Seek Amy, Circus, Out From Under, Kill The Lights and Phonography. Special Bonus in the Deluxe is the DVD (Interview about the making of the album), the directors cut of womanizer video, and a photos section (this part was not the best only has about 5-6 photos) but all is foregiven Britney is back with a vengeance...This deluxe edition definately worth hear that Beyonce.
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I love this album! It's better than "Blackout" in my opinion.

1. Womanizer - (10/10) First single from the album. I love it! It's so catchy and fun. It's sounds like a cross between "Radar" and "Ooh Ooh Baby."
2. Circus - (10/10) Second single from the album. It's a great track with an amazing middle 8. The music video will definately be awesome too.
3. Out From Under - (10/10) This song is a cover of a song off The Bratz movie soundtrack. Who knew a song from the Bratz movie soundtrack could turn into a fantastic Britney track?
4. Kill The Lights - (10/10) Produced by Danja, same guy who produced "Gimme More," "Break The Ice," etc. The song has a fresh new sound different from "Blackout," and I'm really liking this song.
5. Shattered Glass - (8/10) Not my favorite song on the album, but it's still great. Sounds kinda sorta similar to Britney's 2001 song, "Cinderella."
6. If U Seek Amy - (10/10) Insanely catchy. First Max Martin song Britney's done since 2001's "Britney." It's a fun play on words with a rememberable chorus.
7. Unusual You - (10/10) I love the mellow sound of this song. It's production reminds me of songs from "In The Zone," which is a very good thing.
8. Blur - (10/10) Similar in style to "Unusual You," I love the lyrics and overall sound of the song.
9. Mmm Papi - (7/10) I like the overall sound of the song. But the "Mmm papi, love you, mmm papi love you" sounds really cheesy and out of place in the song.
10. Mannequin - (10/10) Great danceable song with good lyrics too, pretty catchy also.
11. Lace And Leather - (8/10) I love the old-school sound of this song, however it's not one of favorites on the album, but I still enjoy listening to it very much.
12. My Baby - (7/10) Not my favorite.
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It's hard to be a Britney fan...there's so many people out there who don't understand her value as an entertainer. And at the end of the day, I find myself a fan because I really enjoy her music, performances, and am riveted by her past and continuing journey as a person and artist/performer (check out the documentary if you want to know who Britney Spears really is underneath everything).

It's really too bad that Blackout was so ignored (but understandable considering Britney's personal life at the time of its release), but I'm glad Radar was included on this album (kind of a 'Toxic' part two...though I would have added 'Heaven On Earth' instead (a beautiful pop song I wish more people could hear).

Circus is a great CD, one you can tell Britney and her team worked reasonably hard on. Most of the songs sound pretty similar (I felt Blackout provided a bit more variety), but that doesn't take away from their quality and fun.

Britney co-wrote 'MMM Papi', 'Mannequin', 'My Baby', and 'Rock Me In'...just in case anyone was wondering.

This deluxe CD is great (more proof as to how much they're trying with this record), and includes 2 songs not on the standard version (both, 'Phonography' and 'Rock Me In' are tons of fun), and a short documentary about the making of the album (it's about 10 minutes long). The poster is silly (one side is the back of the album and the other is the sitting pose in front of the sky background), but a nice touch.

Bottom line: Britney is back to work, and Circus is definitely worth a listen.

Bring on the tour!!!
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Blackout VS Circus
Blackout. It's much more edgy and experimental. It's almost as though Circus should've come out first, then Blackout. Obviously Britney herself likes Blackout more, as most of the songs on the Circus tour are from there...only 3 tracks from Circus on the show and they're all singles (sorry,... Read More
Apr 1, 2009 by GarionOrb |  See all 9 posts
Whats your dream setlist for the circus tour?

Intro: The Greatest Show on Earth (Video featuring Madonna)
Act 1: Enter the Ringleader
"Break The Ice"
"Do Somethin'"
Melody: "Gimme More"/ "Hot As Ice"
"Oops!... I Did It Again" (Big Top Remix)
Act... Read More
May 26, 2009 by Sophia Petrillo |  See all 3 posts
What makes this Deluxe?
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The Britney Spears "Circus" deluxe version includes a bonus DVD that features The Making Of Circus, the Womanizer music video and a special photo gallery. The deluxe version also includes a special collector's two sided poster.
Nov 10, 2008 by MarioKartWii3000 |  See all 12 posts
yes this is only track i don't like is my baby!
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Circus is her comeback and her revenge the lyrics Be the first to reply
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