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Circus [Deluxe Edition]

Britney SpearsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Jive
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
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1. Womanizer
2. Circus
3. Out From Under
4. Kill The Lights
5. Shattered Glass
6. If U Seek Amy
7. Unusual You
8. Blur
9. Mmm Papi
10. Mannequin
11. Lace And Leather
12. My Baby
13. Radar
14. Rock Me In (bonus track)
15. Phonography (bonus track)

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

Deluxe edition include DVD. 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 Outsyders) 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.

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grab Yourself a Ringside Seat December 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britney Deluxe (Back Where She Belongs) December 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britney gets crazy again - in a good way! December 2, 2008
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
The best Britney album to me so far before "Circus" was "In The Zone", it was something about that album that was very layered and adventurous with its songs that made it stand out way past last years "Blackout" (also a great album but very one dimensional, and it gets old FAST).
Britney returns to her adventurous roots with "Circus", a layered, genre hopping, fun listen thats not as instantly catchy as "Blackout" but ultimately, holds up very well and is without a doubt her best album to date.
Because of how the album has a variety of different sounds, it has much more longevity than the synth heavy, distant "Blackout".

You get your dance songs, always top of the rank, and AMAZING.. Womanizer, Circus, If U Seek Amy (Pop perfection, you have to listen to this), Kill The Lights, Mannequin.

You get the ballads, Out From Under and My Baby which are very good sweet songs that is a complete joy to listen to after not having Britney Ballads for years.

And the great mid-tempo songs like the amazing Shattered Glass, Blur and Unusual You..

The only song I cant get into is Mmm Papi, but its still an OK song, I just need some time with it.

Overall, this is such a worthy purchase. Its her best album to date.
She has definitely matured as an artist and is finally coming into her own.

The Deluxe Edition has the DVD with the Womanizer video and the Making of, which I highly reccomend. PLUS the bonus songs Phonography and Rock Me In which are surprisingly great for bonus tracks.

Recommended definitely! Join the Circus today!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 Singles!!!! December 3, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Love her or hate her, you have to admit, the B knows how to make a hot track! "Womanizer" is an awersome first single, but it's just a taste of what this album has to offer! "Circus" is a steller track and second single. But it gets better. Some of the highlights on the album are definately the Britney Ballads - "Out from Under" "My Baby" and especially "Unusual You" are really really great and show that she can sing. My favorite track is "Kill the Lights" it's so hot, and actually has unique lyrics that apply to Britney (think Piece of Me only 10000x better).

"If U Seek Amy" is a fun romp that'll give the middleschool kids a new catch phrase, "Mmm Papi" sounds like summer fun by the pool. "Mannequin" is another favorite that has a rockin' beat and more britney-themed lyrics. Honestly I love every track so much, just when I thought "Blur" was going to be my least favorite, it's now grown on me so much that I listen to it non-stop. There's really not a single bad track.

The Deluxe edition has two bonus tracks that are really freakin' amazing. "Phonography" has a sexy trancey synth and "Rock Me In" is just tons of fun. The deluxe also includes a really cool DVD that'll make it a must for all fans.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Britney
Published 1 month ago by Randi
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Britney's Best Pop records! Plus the Bonus tracks are superb!
This is definitely one of Britney's best Pop records to date. It's not as sexy or sleek as Blackout, but it's a fun album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ryan Jaggerz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
One of her best albums! Womanizer, Circus, If You Seek Amy were all top hits. This is the kind of album you don't hit skip on.
Published 4 months ago by Nicole Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Britney Spears Circus
This is one of her best albums my favorite songs are Womanizer and Shattered Glass and If U Seek Amy and Circus ;)
Published 5 months ago by 636dopat
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Britney! I love you. You are a great talent.
Britney at her best. Go girl!
A great album that's uplifting too. How could you not love this girl. Forever.
Published 5 months ago by Randall Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cover
Although this music is quite pop-like in its complexity, it does range some in getting the message across with its pungent hooks and jaw-dropping innocence between song variations.
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars some of her best work
Was this Britney's peak? Or had she peaked on the album before (Blackout)? Either way, a really enjoyable album. I think it has more good songs than Blackout.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars nauseating, gut wrenching Circus
If I were to describe it in physiologically terms, it's gut wrenching, like a depressing vacuum inside your guts. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing album
This album is one of my favorites and I play it all the time, along with Gwen Stefani and Fergie. They make a good playlist together.
Published 9 months ago by Megan M. Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars Circus
Out From Under that's it, its my song. I love when Britney sings songs like this one, for me she shows a side of her we really don't see and i love when we get these glimpses of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lunero
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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?
The setlist for the Circus Tour is brilliant. I love that most of the songs are off of Blackout, although I would've liked to hear "Lace and Leather" and "Mmm Papi" as well. I love that the only early material on there is "...Baby One More Time".

The video... Read More
Apr 1, 2009 by GarionOrb |  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!
Nov 13, 2008 by MarioKartWii3000 |  See all 4 posts
Circus is her comeback and her revenge the lyrics Be the first to reply
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