Review - Britney Spears - Britney Jean
Britney Spears has been saying for months now that her latest album ‘Britney Jean’ (apparently what her family calls her, thus making this “personal” from the get-go) is her most personal yet. While that’s nice to hear, I don’t know that I’m buying it. Aside from tracks like “Perfume” and “Chillin’ With You” which features younger sister Jamie Lynn (and is easily the clunkiest track on the CD), this feels a lot like another Spears album to me, though I’m not necessarily saying that like it’s a bad thing.
‘Britney Jean’ is on course to be her worst-performing album yet, as we’re now two singles in and we haven’t seen a top ten hit. Lead cut “Work Bitch” may have been hindered on radio due to it’s racy title (it only reached #12), and second single “Perfume” hasn’t even cracked the top 75. To put these chartings in perspective, Brit’s last three albums all had #1 hits to lead them off (“3”, “Womanizer” and “Hold It Against Me”).
The singer’s eight album features some high quality dance-parading-as-pop songs, more than a few of which would perform very well on the dance charts if given the chance. “It Should Be Easy (ft. Will.I.Am)” would sound more at home at the Ultra Festival, while “Body Ache” sounds a lot like “Scream and Shout” part two (thanks to executive producer WIll.I.Am).
Britney fans are of course going to scramble for a leaked copy, and the rest of the country will make this another #1, despite it’s lack of radio success. The album is fairly solid (at least until it begins to wind down), but don’t count on this being a mega pop success.
Listen to: “Alien”, “Work Bitch”, “It Should Be Easy (ft. Will.I.Am)”, “Body Ache”, and “Til It’s Gone”