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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise, it's rather good!, November 3, 2007
This review is from: Blackout (Audio CD)
I've never owned any album by Britney Spears, and had downloaded the odd track I liked in the past; "Toxic" and "Slave 4 u", and things would have stayed pretty much that way, if I hadn't read rave reviews from critics whose opinion I respect. I decided to give it a try, and surprise, I quite like it.

Yes, it may be largely down to the assembled team of super producers, and their studio trickery (it features quite a bit of vocoder and vocal distortion), rather than Ms Spears' vocal prowess, but the result is rather pleasant, and guaranteed to get your feet moving.

Opening is the smash hit single "Gimme more", a bouncy synth driven song with a technoi-ish sound in the chorus, and those famous opening words, "It's Britney b***". It is so catchy, I keep listening to it over and over.

Other standouts are "Ooh ooh baby" (nice guitars) which is vaguely remniscent of "Toxic", the quirky Pharrell penned/produced "Why should I be sad", which is the closest thing to a ballad, "Get naked (I got a plan)", and the brilliant eurodisco stomper "Heaven on earth" which would make Giorgio Moroder smile.

Some of the lyrics attempt to touch on parts on her life; "Piece of me" deals with the media obsession with her, "I'm Mrs. Lifestyles of the rich and famous / You want a piece of me / I'm Mrs. Oh my God that Britney's Shameless / You want a piece of me / I'm Mrs. Extra! Extra! this just in / You want a piece of me", while on the skeletal marching groove of the Gwen Stefani-ish "Toy soldiers" she seems to diss her ex, stating that "This time she needs a real soldier, and she's sick and tired of toy soldiers" (in a cartoon-ish voice).

If she keeps releasing music this good, she just might succeed in blacking out all the negative press! A fun record which succeeds.
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2014 2:02:38 AM PST
Andy C says:
Britney Spears "inspired" an entire generation of little girls to dress in revealing clothing and to act slutty in general. She never should have been made a pop star.

It's party her fault that so many girls are more anorexic now.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2014 5:18:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2014 5:20:28 AM PDT
oh, gosh, you are so silly. what about madonna? and there are other 'tawdry' artists out there who preceded britney. and as far as anorexia is concerned; you are rather confused. when has britney been 'skinny'? she's always been rather curvy. but perhaps her small breasts make you think she's anorexic. btw, i don't care about celebrity image-making, none of that crap matters to me, i just like good music, and britney, in spite of her shaky first two albums, makes good dance music, even though she has a rather limited voice..,.
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