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      Britney's debut album

      If you hear the name Britney Spears today, you normally think of the woman that shaved her hair off, has been through divorce, got kids and the like. Back in 1999 when her debut album was released, she was none of these, Britney was a teenage girl who wanted to become a pop star, and pop star she became.

      Baby One More Time was the first album of Britney Spears career and was released back at the start of 1999. Back at that time, this album is something most teenage girls at the time were listening to. It was one of the first few albums I ever owned and, at the time, got played over and over and one of the ones I used to sing into my hairbrush!

      The album has a complete running time of 42 minutes 20 seconds and contains quite a few of her hit singles. The overall sound of the album is very cheesy and bubblegum pop like. Maybe not what everyone wants to listen to in this day and age, but back when it was released it was a huge hit all over the world.

      Baby One More Time is the first song on the album and it really sets the bar up quite high for the rest of the album, it has a fierce, pop sound and is a good opening for the album. The first half of the album is definitely the best with a mix of upbeat, pop songs and nice slow ballads showing off Britney's sweet and innocent voice. The last half of the album, however, lets it down a little. Thinkin' Bout You and Email My Heart are the weakest songs on the album and ones I tended to skip when I was younger, the first is a ballad but it doesn't have much meaning or anything catchy in there whatsoever and Email My Heart is so cheesy, not in a good way either, it's definitely poor.

      There are a few stand out tracks on the album for me. (You drive me) Crazy, the second track of the album, is a great song, it is pop like but has a bit of a rock theme in there too. Sometimes, this is a beautiful ballad and really showcases the voice Britney has got, it's all about a timid girl who can't tell her crush how she really feels. Another one of my favourites is Born To Make You Happy, it's about a relationship that goes wrong, it has a good sound to it and despite being relatively slow has a dance type feel to it too.

      For a debut album from a teenager, I think Britney Spears did a fantastic job, of course there are weaker songs on the album but all albums have songs that are better than others. It is a brilliant debut album and Britney went on to release many albums after this so she must have been doing something right. It contains hits that everyone would have heard of. I don't really listen to this anymore. I did have it in my CD changer in the car for a while but soon grew old of the nostalgic feeling.

      1. Baby one more time - 3:30
      2. Crazy - 3:17
      3. Sometimes - 4:05
      4. Soda pop - 3:20
      5. Born to make you happy - 4:03
      6. From the bottom of my broken heart - 5:11
      7. I will be there - 3:53
      8. I will still love you - 4:02
      9. Thinkin' about you - 3:35
      10. Email my heart - 3:41
      11. The beat goes on - 4:43

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        A great debut album from young Britney!

        If you love bubblegum pop with cheesy lyrics then this is the album for you!

        I love this album. It really does cheer me up. It is quite "young" in terms of lyrics and vocals but Britney was only sixteen when this was first released! The album is very much a POP album, so if you dislike pop then stay away from this one!

        The single ...Baby One More Time is on here. I don't have to explain this song or what it is about as I think the whole world knows this one! Sometimes is a lovely ballad that is on here - it was also Britney's second single and it reached number three in the U.K charts in the summer of 1999. This is a gorgeous summery ballad with soft vocals and it's definitely one for the lovers out there! You Drive Me Crazy is also on here, although this is the album version and NOT the single version. The version on this album is somewhat more rocky with an edge to it. I actually prefer this version and it's a nice addition to the album.

        The album consists of both upbeat songs and slower songs. I must say that the ballads are a little cheesy but they're still good! The upbeat pop songs (i.e Deep In My Heart) are all fun to listen to and the background music is really catchy and feel good. I love listening to this album when I feel down as it really helps to cheer me up. It's a fantastic blast from the past and it makes me feel young again!

        A great pop album!

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        Britney Spears - Baby One More Time

        === Britney Spears - Baby One More Time ===

        The first album that started it all. Britney has been around for more than ten years, the musical career of Britney started with this album. Who would have expected more than ten years later, millions of albums later she would still be around?

        === General information ===

        * Who: Britney Spears
        * What: Album Baby One More Time
        * Year: 1999
        * Length: 43.20 minutes
        * Number of tracks: 11

        === Britney Spears ===

        Britney Spears is actually well known to everyone, but a brief introduction. Her full name is Britney Jean Spears born December 2, 1981 in America. She was seventeen when she got in the spotlight after her first hit with "Baby One More Time 'and now has more than 83 million albums sold worldwide. Early in her career she was known to be very successful and worked nonstop through her fourth album In the Zone. The Greatest Hits followed but soon her personal life overshadowed her music career. She mainly came in the news for her excesses. Luckily she is now more positive in the news for she seems to be doing well.

        === Britney Spears - Baby One More Time ===

        The first album of Britney Spears which she at once became famous worldwide. Ironically she almost started in a girl group, but her mother actually made her go solo. Worldwide, the album sold more than 26 million, making it still the bestselling album of Britney. It is clear that it is a pop album, with the familiar songs that cleverly produced. The album has released five singles with the latest single From The Bottem Of My Hears the least successful and of course Baby One More Time the most successful with more than 9 million copies sold.

        Baby One more Time
        This number surely everyone will know because it has almost in every country have been at number one thanks to the video of this single involving Britney dressed as a Catholic schoolgirl. It's a catchy pop song with simple lyrics and an easy chorus. It's a real pop song and one that has been sold more than 9 million times. Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J_JjRPjZJM

        Crazy
        This is the third single from the album. It differs from the version that was released as a video. This is a calmer version that opens with a sort of cow bell sound. While the video has a more up tempo beat with some more exciting moments, the album version stays flat and calm. It's a somewhat disappointing version of the song. Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kQXeO9PVaw

        Sometimes
        A more quiet ballad song on the album. It is a quiet song with a particular voice of Britney emerges. It's actually one of my favorite songs on the album with the catchy lyrics and it's a little bit sweet but not too much. It has a nice rhythm, and therefore it sounds pretty good. I read that Britney funnily enough did not like this song and hates to sing this song. Sometimes on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcGXIwa-SIo

        Born to make me Happy
        Born To make me happy is a bit more calm song on the album and has more content than sometimes. It's a catchy song that shows very well that Britney can sing. There's a lot more depth and nice beat that makes the song not too sweet. Youtube live performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMj4Ac0Ixqw

        The beat goes on
        Something completely different than the previous songs and this song has a much clearer beat present in the foreground. It has a little more R & B influence, but for me it doesn't really suit the voice of Britney. Britney has on this song a deeper voice and it does not sound that good. To get an idea check out this live performance on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7l-8t7ZaJs

        === Conclusion ===

        Looking back on this album is actually not too bad in quality of the songs. I still think most of the songs are definitely too sweet and too much pop, but some songs are not bad. Baby One More Time, Crazy, Sometimes and Born to make me happy and are quite successful pop songs that I like. You also have the more exaggerated songs with I will still love you and Email my heart that are far too sweet. Still, four stars for this album in mind that this is a pop album.

        === Songs on album ===

        1. Baby One more time
        2. Crazy
        3. Sometimes
        4. Soda Pop
        5. Born to make me Happy
        6. From the bottem of my heart
        7. I will be there
        8. I will still Love you
        9. Thinking about you
        10. Email my heart
        11. The beat goes on

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        15.12.2011 22:24
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        Much prefer this Britney!!

        Who doesn't remember the summer Britney Spears burst onto the music scene wearing that school uniform in her 'Baby One More Time' video? I was around eight years old at the time and thought that she was so cool. I have been a fan of Britney every since!

        Baby One More Time is Britney's debut album. It was released in the United Kingdom back in 1999. The album did extremely well in the British Album Charts; reaching number 2. The album is currently available to buy from Amazon from as little as £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.

        ~ * Track Listing * ~

        1) Baby One More Time 2) (You Drive Me) Crazy 3) Sometimes 4) Soda Pop 5) Born To Make You Happy 6) From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart 7) I Will Be There 8) I Will Still Love You 9) Thinking About You 10) Email My Heart 11) The Beat Goes On

        Wow! A great Britney album.

        If I am honest, whilst I liked Britney in her latter years, I actually preferred his like she was on this album; sweet and innocent. The majority of songs on here are quite 'lovey dovey' and romantic; I really like them. Such romantic songs include: Sometimes (an up-beat ballad with a catchy chorus), Born To Make You Happy (a moody kind of upbeat ballad) and From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart (a highly emotional ballad). In fact a lot of the songs seem to be about 'love'; whether it's having a crush on someone (you drive me crazy) or whether it's the end of a relationship (From The Bottom of My Broken Heart).

        There are some great songs on here; my favourites being: Baby One More Time, Crazy, Sometimes, Born To Make You Happy, Frome The Bottom Of My Broken Heart and The Beat Goes On. It's ironic that the best songs on the album are the ones which were released as singles; I find that as the album goes on the songs get weaker and weaker; I'm not saying that the songs are bad but they aren't 'strong' as the first few.

        There are a couple of songs which I am not really a fan of. Those include 'Soda pop' (so cheesy it makes me cringe!) and 'I Will Still Love You' which is a duet; to me it's just a boring song.

        One thing I like about this album is the fact that one of the major 'focuses' is on Britney's voice. She sings really well on this album; she proves that she really can sing. She does have quite a powerful voice at times, which she shows off beautifully in the ballad 'From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart'. Britney really puts her all into this album; she really connects with the listener. This album shows off her voice much better than her more recent albums which seem to like making Britney sound a bit like a robot.

        I think that this album is very girlie and I love it's summery feel. I think that teenage girls will be able to relate to this album more in particular; especially as a lot of the songs are based on 'teenage crushes'.

        Even though this album was released over twelve years ago, there is still something remarkably refreshing about it, and therefore I would definitely recommend it.

        Thanks for reading!
        December 2011
        Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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        Not the best debut albums in the world, but passible.

        Since her late teens, Britney Spears has been a worldwide superstar and a heavy influence in pop music today. She's been dubbed as the new Queen of pop and spends very little time out of the spotlight. On the surface she seems to be a glamerous diva. In my opinion the reality is quite different. Behind that glitz and glamour is just a regular hardworking woman who's been through things that some women have or may eventually deal with in thier lifetime: divorce, single parenting, depression and motherhood. I've always been a fan, but she really earned my respect when she managed to overcome all the personal issues and still become a fan. She has a new album out in March this year, and her upcoming single, Hold It Againt Me is getting some decent praise. Which prompt me to write a review on her debut album, ...Baby One More Time.

        The Britney here is different to the one we know today. Nowadays Britney's songs have a touch of electronica and R&B which are clearly visable in Circus and Blackout. I can see why so many people buy her records, she has a very raw tone in her voice, which we can here in this album. Although nowadays it's sometimes hidden in auto-tune, her voice in auto-tune is still passible, although I prefer her vocals without it. Her songs are also catchy and she works with strong producers to make them marketable on the radio.

        The album was first released on January 12th 1999 and became a worldwide hit. She's still managed to hold on to a string of international hits that many aspiring pop artists dream about. The album is one of her most best selling albums to date. A staggering 26 million copies were sold and became an instant pop classic. The album is a blend of the purest types pop and commonly labeled as bubblegum, teen, dance, which leaves the door open for much cheese. I think the labels are very accurate.

        The music is very sweet on this album. There's a lot of moodlifters and sickingly sweet ballads. A lot of them revolving around teenage love - very nostalgic. There are some very fantastic songs on this album, there are also some very dreadful songs to the point they're hilarious and some songs where I think Britney is trying too hard.

        The main humour of the album lies with Soda Pop and E-Mail My Heart. When I was younger I thought these songs were really adorable. What I like about Soda Pop is the amusing attempt at blending reggae, rap with pop. It clashes badly but it's still an uplifting tropical party song. The complete opposite to E-Mail My Heart which a slow ballad with a bit more depth. Nothing original about the song. It's somewhat aged badly. Imagine a song called Facebook my heart. The lyrics can be considered very cringeworthy and hilarious. E-Mail My Heart still makes me laugh. The classic track, ...Baby One More Time is easilly the strongest and stand out tracks on the album. It's a very catchy track. The lyrics make me think the song is about a violent teeneage on/off relationship. The track Sometimes is also a very good track, that shows the timid side of Britney. It will forever remind me of an awful cover from Pop Idol many years ago which makes it funny for me.

        1. ...Baby One More Time * * * * *
        "Hit me baby one more time!"
        A classic song that isn't as innocent as it looks.

        2.(You Drive Me) Crazy *
        "Baby, I'm so into you, you got that something, what can I do?"
        The song didn't drive me crazy.

        3.Sometimes * * * * *
        "Sometimes I run, sometimes I hide, sometimes I'm scared of you."
        An adorable love ballad that's also very corny.

        4.Soda Pop * * *
        "We might start riding to the music tonight"
        A boombastic song. Don't know what's it's got to do with soft drinks though.

        5.Born to Make You Happy - * * *
        "I don't know what to do without your love. I was born to make you happy."
        Nostalgic and very innocent. Another standout ballad for me, but the lyrics overexaggerate a bit.

        6.From the Bottom of My Broken Heart * * * *
        '"Baby," I said, "please stay. Give our love a chance for one more day" '
        I find this track very relaxing. I quite like the slow guitars on this one.

        7.I Will Be There * * *
        "When you need someone You just turn around And I, will be there."
        A good track, but I found it was much too simular to the Backstreet Boys for me.

        8.I Will Still Love You * * *
        "Time may take us apart, but I will still love you. I promise."
        Sweet concept but not executed well. I think Britney's vocals sound very strained on this one.

        9.Deep in My Heart * * *
        "I want you for the rest of my life."
        Not as slow as I thought it would be. It's another catchy dance tune.

        10.Thinkin' about You * * *
        "But you smile and the words they tell me quickly disappear you speak and there is no other voice that I can hear."
        This song certainly gives a punch. Britney's vocals sounda little weak in some parts, but it's still a good track. I don't really know what else to say, I didn't like it and I didn't hate it either.

        11. E-Mail My Heart * * * * *
        "And all I do is check the screen to see if you're okay."
        One of the slowest songs on the track. It shows Britney's strong at ballads. As I said before, I also find it very hilarious.

        12. The Beat Goes On * * * *
        "Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain."
        A cover of one of Sonny & Cher's songs. From the first time I listened to it I instantly knew it was a cover of a 60's song. The rhytm and beats in the song gave it a 60's identity. Britney's vocals remind me of Heidi Ranges voice here. They made the song quite modern and catchy. Quite ahead of Britney's time for me.

        I would recommend it for people who love 90's pop, younger listeners, and friends because Britney's innocent side is quite convinsing and shows her real sweet side. All of the tracks are fairy innocent apart from the first track, which I think is much darker than it seems. Still a classic pop album from the 90's which I can see is easilly a guilty pleasure. I enjoyed the album but the consistancy and flow of the lyrics are a mixed bag. It hasn't aged that badly at all.

        Anyone for a cheese sandwhich served with soda pop?

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          Nice, sweet album that will stand the test of time

          I like this album, its not Hendrix on the Isle of Wight or the first album by Dennis Wilson but it is a great pop album, this was the debut for this former member of the Mickey Mouse Club, and it thrust her into the worldwide limelight which perhaps was a bit too much for her.

          Available on Amazon for £2.38, it is even cheaper on Marketplace or Ebay and can also be downloaded on Amazon and on I-Tunes.

          The album is a mixture of catchy Euro pop and ballads and there are some pretty great tunes here.

          The album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and includes some familiar anthems.

          There is some basic stuff on here, but there are a number of great songs, my favourites are:


          Tracks:

          Baby One More Time
          (You drive me) Crazy
          Sometimes
          Soda Pop
          Born to make you happy
          From the bottom of my broken heart
          I will be there
          I will still love you
          Thinking about you
          Email my heart
          The beat goes on

          Verdict:

          There is a lot of fairly facile stuff on this album, but it passes the test of having at least 4 excellent tracks and therefore gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

          The anthemic 'Baby One more Time' opens the album with its mix of anthemic pop and sickly sweet vocals, the song is good and very catchy and will still sound relevant in 20 years, but Ms Spears is a child of the video age and its success is in no small part due to her image and the video accompaniment, nonetheless I like this song, although am not sure what the context of asking to be hit one more time is in.

          You Drive me Crazy follows the same formula of Euro Pop with an american voice, its catchy, dancey and hits all the right notes, its fun with a capital F and still good value today.

          Sometimes is a ballad for teens, its soppy and its a bit weak but I like it in its own way, it is simple and melodic and well worth a listen.

          Born to Make you Happy is a good song, a joyful love song, which has an uplifting message but melodic at the same time.

          This is a decent album which I think is squarely aimed at teens and rightly so but its inoffensive and good fun and has some decent melodic love songs, you could do a lot worse for £2.38.

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          Two more times might be overdoing things

          I like to think I have a reasonably eclectic taste in music, but it has to be said that the output of Britney Spears does not generally form part of my listening habits. However, it's always good to get out of your comfort zone occasionally, and ...Baby One More Time (those much-overlooked dots are in fact part of the album's title) turns out to be a slightly more interesting record than I had originally thought, although admittedly that isn't saying a great deal. It's far from being a masterpiece, it has a number of glaring faults, and in quite a few places it has dated horribly, but it would be wrong to dismiss it as entirely worthless.

          This was Britney's first album (somehow "Spears" just doesn't seem to fit her), released in early 1999, at which point she had barely turned 17. A few months earlier, she had rocketed to worldwide superstardom on the back of the title song, and what seemed even then to be a slightly dodgy video featuring the singer and a few friends cavorting around an ersatz classroom in somewhat revealing school uniforms. Those with long memories will recall that at this time, strange as it seems from the viewpoint of a decade later, Britney was being promoted as an innocent, virginal teenager - the white background of the album cover is surely no coincidence - something which sat uncomfortably with the clear sexual innuendo of the video.

          That title track is certainly the best song on the album, and indeed is the one Britney song that may well stand the test of time to become something approaching a classic. Most people can recognise it at once from the piano intro, and the driving beat and relentless feistiness manage to overcome Britney's less than brilliant singing, a problem which is evident throughout the record. However, there are other songs that are worth a listen as well: Born To Make You Happy starts rather dully, but explodes into life with a tremendously catchy chorus. I Will Be There also seems to have that indefinable ability to hook the listener in - it's not exactly an original song, but it does its job well, and I was a little surprised to see that it was never released as a single.

          The real problem with this album, though, is that there's an awful lot of dross to set alongside the few golden nuggets. Soda Pop, for example, is a truly horrible attempt at reggae, and just doesn't work with a singer as obviously young and inexperienced as Britney. As for the lyrics, well... "Open a soda pop, bop she-bop she-bop" rather says it all. At least that song is in the early part of the album, though, where there are several much better tunes around it to leaven the pain. After I Will Be There (which is track seven) things become much more consistent, but unfortunately that means consistently bad. It would be nice to be able to leave it at that, but on we must go...

          I Will Still Love You, for example, is a confused mess of a duet between Britney and Don Phillip. To be scrupulously fair, Deep In My Heart, which follows, is not actively horrible, but it is the very epitome of forgettable late-nineties teen pop; I could feel the words slipping from my mind even as I heard them. It's only a brief respite, however: Thinkin' About You has the sort of effects that bring to mind a middle-school music student who has just discovered synthesisers, while E-Mail My Heart, quite apart from its terrifyingly awful title, sounds like the end credits to a third-string TV movie about "forbidden love" featuring some obnoxiously sugar-sweet teenager for whom a hard life means only that Daddy won't buy her a BMW until she's 18.

          And as if that weren't bad enough, we then have to put up with Britney's version of the classic Sonny and Cher number The Beat Goes On, together with distracting "scratchy vinyl" effect. Unfortunately the laconic, jazzy beat of the original is entirely missing here, being replaced by an insistently pounding and resolutely un-swung electronic rhythm. Britney's "kiss" near the end is particularly off-putting. This is the final song on the standard edition of the CD; various later versions add the odd extra track or remixes of ...Baby One More Time (the song which is in least need of any change!), but if you're listening to the album in order you're likely to have given up by this point in any case.

          I'd like to say that my assumptions had been challenged and my prejudices shattered by ...Baby One More Time, but as it would be a complete and utter lie I shall not do so. This album contains one truly excellent pop song (the title track), a couple more which are good, fun listening - but too many which seem little more than fillers, and which in some cases are simply too bound up with their era to persist in the memory even were they more accomplished songs in their own right. It might be worth buying downloads of a few of the tracks, but given that this album offers no particularly coherent theme to tie the songs together there seems little point in shelling out for the whole CD.

          Track listing (standard album):

          1. ...Baby One More Time
          2. You Drive Me Crazy
          3. Sometimes
          4. Soda Pop
          5. Born To Make You Happy
          6. From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart
          7. I Will Be There
          8. I Will Still Love You
          9. Deep In My Heart
          10. Thinkin' About You
          11. E-Mail My Heart
          12. The Beat Goes On

          As of the time of writing, the CD was available from Amazon for £6.48, with individual tracks as MP3s being sold for 69-79p each. The songs are also available for free streaming via Spotify and last.fm.

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            Britney Spears - Baby one more time

            What can you say about Britney Spears that hasn't already been said, cute Southern gal, mixed up, lost little girl, ex girlfriend of Justin, ex Mickey Mouser, star.

            Britney Jean Spears burst onto our scenes in 1999 with the release of her debut album, ...baby one more time! However, before she actually came to be famous she was working in the industry a long time before that. She first appeared on a talent show in 1992 and then went on to be a member of the Mickey Mouse club from 1993 to 1994. She performed with others such as Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.

            When she first appeared on the scene she was quite a revelation. Cute and sweet as a button, church going with a fun teen voice. Kids, especially little girls loved her but she also caught the attention of guys due to the fact that her first song and video featured her in a very short, very revelaing school girl outfit. She really was causing controversy in the beginning. Was this proper attire for a church going young girl and did it set a bad example for young girls out there who would undoubteldy copy her every move.

            Scandal and drama has followed her throughout her career. With two marriages and divorces, two children who she lost custody of and a very public breakdown, things have not been easy for Britney. Did the fame get to her? I think it can't be much fun having cameras following you around capturing your every move but unfortunately to some extent that is the price of fame. Hopefully now it looks like she has gotten herself together and hopefully she has turned the corner with more great things to come.

            Now, her music has never been for me what you call groundbreaking. To me it's fun and cute but I don't think she has that great of a voice and a lot of her songs are more produced and glitzy to sell than being actually great vocally. I don't really like her music nowadays. To me it's too electric and dance for my liking, I much preferred her music when it first came out.

            That is why I like her debut album, ....Baby One More Time. It's young and girly and fun, it doesn't pretend to be any more than that. The album was a worldwide commercial success, reaching the top five in nineteen countries, and number one in fifteen, including the U.S Billboard 200. According to an article I read, the album became the biggest selling album worldwide by a teenage artist and the highest selling album by a female Pop artist and debut album in the United States. The album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

            Probably the best known song on the album and my favourite is the first song, Baby One More TIme when she is in the school outfit in the video. This song went to number one when it was released. The rest of the songs on the album are:

            1. "...Baby One More Time"
            2. "(You Drive Me) Crazy"
            3. "Sometimes"
            4. "Soda Pop"
            5. "Born to Make You Happy"
            6. "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"
            7. "I Will Be There"
            8. "I Will Still Love You"
            9. "Thinkin' About You"
            10. "E-Mail My Heart"
            11. "The Beat Goes On"

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              Well worth buying if you can find it at the right price ;)

              ...Baby One More Time is the debut album by pop Princess Britney Spears and was released in 1999. It is hard to dispute that for a number of years Britney changed the Pop music scene and that for many people she was the representative of bubblegum pop, lending a voice to hundreds of teenage American girls. Even if her main market was in America, her success reached further - this album reached the top 5 in almost 20 countries the world over.

              The lead single from the album was the title track and opening song. Written by Max Martin, it is a strong pop single and certainly deserving of the notable success that it had - it reached number 1 in a vast number of countries and was the biggest selling single of 1999. Everybody recognises the introduction, signalled by crashing piano chords and a funk guitar circling in the background. I also hear that the video for this song caused quite a stir back in the day...

              Second song on the album, (You Drive Me) Crazy, is unquestionably the best moment on the record. As the title so capably points out, the song is about somersaulting head-over-heels in love with someone. The lyrics aren't going to win any awards but the song is really well designed, with some great percussion at the forefront. To be fair the small guitar solo is recklessly implemented, but meh, I'm not complaining. The track reached number 5 in the UK chart.

              Soda Pop is very grim and apes the style of Madonna circa 1989. A party-time beat is set upon by a squelching bass loop; all the while a Rasta treats us to some free-flowing rap. Lord help us. I wasn't a fan of this kind of music when Madonna churned it out 10 years before Britney did, so age has only withered the formula further.

              The fourth single to be released from the album was Born to Make You Happy and it was the second single from ...Baby One More Time to reach number 1 in the UK chart. It's a well deserved victory too, as the song still stands up well today. The song is a mid-tempo ballad that details the end of a relationship. Britney admits during the chorus, "I don't know how to live without your love; I was born to make you happy..."

              Out of the sickly-sweet and over-the-top ballads, Sometimes comes off the best. The bridge into the chorus with the group of backing singers is used to great effect, as are the synths and decent keyboard work.

              From the Bottom of My Broken Heart is the worst song on the album and with a title like that it is half-expected. The sugary production is everything that I hate about music and it is a calculated attempt on the song writer's part to interfere with impressionable teenagers' minds. HEY GIRLS - If you like music JUST like this, you'll go far in life...
              I Will Still Love You fares no better and is made significantly worse by a duet with a nobody who goes by the name of Don Phillip. It is truly fear-inspiring to hear something so wretched, and how it made the final cut of the album I will never know.

              The flamenco acoustics in I Will Be There make for a great introduction. Additionally, the emotive slide guitar work is superior and put into action for maximum impact. It is one of the stronger songs on side two of the album and Britney is in great voice throughout.

              Thinkin' About You was tailor made for dance-floors in the new millennium, albeit ones in European clubs where the barman wears a red beret and offers you a small umbrella in your cocktail. There's nothing wrong with the song, but it certainly does little to inspire.

              I approached E-mail My Heart with a degree of caution. The title of the song alone invokes fear of potential disappointment, yet, when that bouncy little intro starts with the funky bass work, I am intrigued, drawn toward the light... and I like it, but I feel wrong for doing so.

              Things come to a close with a fun cover of Sonny and Cher's The Beat Goes On. The tempo is fast paced and driven by the distorted guitar riff that loops over and over. It certainly adds nothing to the song's legacy, but it doesn't take anything away from it either. It was produced by British electronica group, All Seeing I, who had released a cover version themselves in 1998.

              I bought ...Baby One More Time when I was 9 years old. In the time since then I have discovered many musicians, many artists and have cultivated a love of the music industry. I had put off re-listening to this album for the fear of disappointment, yet I found such apprehension was unnecessary.

              This is certainly one of the best albums from a commercial pop artist in the last 10 years.

              7/10

              Daniel Kemp

              Read more of my reviews at www.danielkempreviews.co.uk

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                A good debut for Britney

                It was on a 2 for £22 deal that I first saw Britney's debut album, after just a few months of release Tower Records were doing that deal on chart Cd's I guess it saved a couple of pounds. Back then I was really reckless with money and anything with a sale sticker on it I bought, so I grabbed this and went home for a listen. At the time she was the face of pop and you couldn't flick on a music channel for more than 5 minutes without seeing one of her videos.

                She shot to fame quickly with the massive hit "Baby One More Time" , clad in a schoolgirl outfit and mixed with an extremley catchy tune this didn't take long to hit number one. She then released the ballad "Sometimes" , I liked this as it showed she wasn't just the upbeat bubblegum pop girl. A different style was adopted when she brought out "Crazy", no complaints from me though as it was a nice change of pace. She rounded off her best selling singles with "Born to Make You Happy" another ballad but a bit nicer than "Sometimes"

                Track Listing:

                1. Baby One More Time
                2. You Drive Me Crazy
                3. Sometimes
                4. Soda Pop
                5. Born To Make You Happy
                6. From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart
                7. I Will Be There
                8. I Will Still Love You
                9. Deep In My Heart
                10. Thinking About You
                11. E Mail My Heart
                12. Beat Goes On

                Overall I really liked this album, from start to finish it's a great devut for a pop megastar in the making. Thumbs way up.

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                A great album for younger girls.

                *INTRODUCTION*

                Well, this is the only Britney album I haven't reviewed yet, so lets give this one a go...

                As you may or may not know, I am a huge Britney fan. This is evident in that I own all of her CDs and buy any magazine with her on the cover (very, very sad, I know, you don't have to tell me!) and of course tirelessly defend her against Britney haters (of which there are unfortunately many).

                I wanted to review this CD because it takes me back to the very beginning, when we had barely heard of Britney, when she was just a popstar like everyone else. Back when I was about 11...this album sure takes me back!

                *WHO IS BRITNEY SPEARS?*

                I am sure most people are at least aware that Britney Spears is an american pop singer. Very few people have not noticed that Britney is also a tabloid sensation and famous train wreck. However, did you also know that Britney Spears is the 8th biggest selling female artist in American chart history?

                There are many misconceptions about Britney, and maybe some of the stuff said about her is true. She's obviously not very bright, her life is a mess, she probably brought all of her troubles on herself, but this is about the music. I'm going to recount a few statistics to show just how significant Britney, and in particular this album, have been.

                1. Britney, as I have already mentioned, is the 8th biggest selling female artist in American chart history. And she's been around a lot less time than most other gazillion selling divas.

                2. She has in fact been on the pop scene since 1998, when this album was released in America. 10 years in the industry is pretty good longevity if you ask me, especially seeing as she was supposed to just be a 'flash in the pan'.

                3. She has sold 80 million albums worldwide. This album, her debut, sold 20 million alone. That's as many as Michael Jacksons 'Bad' album.

                4. At the height of her career, Britney was named as Forbes most powerful celebrity in the world.

                5. She is the only artist in history to have their first four albums all debut at number one. She would have made it five if not for a sudden change in the Billboard chart rules the day before Blackout was due to make its number 1 debut.

                So, that's Britney Spears.

                *A LITTLE ABOUT THIS ALBUM*

                ...Baby One More Time was Britney's debut album. Recorded mostly in Sweden with producers Max Martin, Rami and Eric Foster White, it is a mixture of sugary bubblegum pop and sweet ballads aimed at a younger audience of teenage teenybopper girls.

                *TRACK LISTING*

                1. ...Baby one more time
                2. (You drive me) Crazy
                3. Sometimes
                4. Soda pop
                5. Born to make you happy
                6. From the bottom of my broken heart
                7. I will be there
                8. I will still love you (featuring Don Philip)
                9. Deep in my heart
                10. Thinkin about you
                11. Email my heart
                12. The beat goes on

                *TRACK BY TRACK GUIDE AND MY PERSONAL RATINGS*

                1. ...Baby one more time

                No doubt you will already know this song. In 1999 it was inescapable. A number 1 all across the globe, with fairly good reason (not just because of the video) this song stands the test of time. The whole thing just has so much attitude and style to it, from the 'Oh babay babay' in the intro to the slightly controversial lyrics. Britney's voice suits this song perfectly and the chorus is a great sing along.

                10/10 from me, a classic of our time.

                2. (You drive me) Crazy

                This was the third single from the album, and some people may be confused that this is not the version they know. That is because Britney's single was in fact 'The Stop remix!' version, which is better in possibly every way. This version is pretty weak. it begins with what sounds almost like cowbells. The verses are extended to add extra lyrics which slows the whole thing down. There is no cool breakdown section where Britney yells 'STOP!' and I was left disappointed. The plus, however, is that the singing is still good.

                6/10 could do better, and they did!

                3. Sometimes

                I really really like this one. Britney herself hates it, probably because it reminds her of her time as a pop puppet forced to sing music she didn't like. It is however, a lovely sweet, simple ballad, if a little sappy, and Britney's voice sounds amazing, she tackles the high notes with ease and sounds fantastic.

                8/10 sugary fun

                4. Soda pop

                Hmmm, this one suffers from being a little tooo cheesy! It tries a reggae-ish sound but comes off more like Peter Andre's 'Mysterious girl' on speed. The lyrics, well, I can't really understand them, they make no sense at all. The most coherant bit I can get from them is 'and we will never stop she bop she bop' which says it all really. Not my favourite.

                4/10 Oh deary me

                5. Born to make you happy

                MUCH BETTER. A ballad again, but a little more moody and soulful than Sometimes. Britney's voice again shines, which goes to show that if you think Britney can't sing you should just listen to this album and be proved wrong!

                9/10 sublime

                6. From the bottom of my broken heart

                Again a ballad, and again more soulful. This one has the problem of being overly long, and gets a bit dull after a while, as it is VERY SLOW and has no real hook. It is nice to listen to though, and shows real emotion and a maturity not found on most of the other songs here. Britney's vocals impressed me, yet again.

                7/10 loses points for excess length, pop should be short and sweet, makes it more bearable.

                7. I will be there

                A faster one, and going back to more straight pop again, this is a fun song with a ridiculously catchy chorus that was made for the finale of a concert. You can imagine people waving their arms in the air to this one. There are a lot more background vocals on this which drowns Britney out a bit on the chorus and bridges, intentional perhaps?

                7/10 not exactly groundbreaking but decent.

                8. I will still love you (featuring Don Philip)

                This is a nice, if cheesy, ballad featuring Don Philip, who unfortunately completely outshines Britney. He's a fabulous singer (and not a bad looking chappy if I remember correctly!) but duets will always have that cringey edge to them.

                6/10 good effort but next time get someone who won't steal your glory!

                9. Deep in my heart

                Fun, bouncey and catchy, with a whiff of cheese thrown in. It is definately straight pop, no attempts to do anything innovative or different. It's catchy enough but you feel a bit embarrassed to listen to it over the age of 12.

                7/10 A guilty pleasure

                10. Thinkin about you

                Average, filler material. Britney sings very, very deeply on this and sound completely different. It's all just a bit forgettable, in that standard pop song way that we've heard it a million times before and it brings nothing new to the table, or this album.

                5/10 Boring

                11. Email my heart

                I'm undecided about this one. Whilst it is nowhere in the league of Born to make you happy, this is a nice enough ballad. And whilst the sentiments it expresses are beyond cheesy and cringey (seriously, EMAIL MY HEART?????) I can't deny how beautiful the vocals are, deep and soulful, some of Britney's best ever. Hmmmmm....no, it's cringey.

                6/10 just for the singing, not for the song.

                12. The beat goes on

                Finally, for the last song the album finally does something at least a LITTLE bit different. A cover of that old song (I can't remember who sang it) you know the one...'Drums keep pounding a rhythym to the brain, la di da di dee, la di da di da' while I wouldn't say it's a great version and it doesn't really suit Britney if I'm being honest, it's still a nice change of direction from the pure syrup I've been fed over the last few tracks. Memorable not for being brilliant but for being a little more unusual.

                7/10 I'm feeling generous today

                *OVERALL THOUGHTS*

                *LYRICS*

                Not exactly lyrics to make you think and ponder, they are the standard stuff of pop music, about first love, boys, and dancing around. All stuff that you lads can relate to eh?

                *VOCALS*

                Britney's best album in terms of singing. You can see here why she got her record deal in the first place. Unfortunately it was all downhill from here. Whilst maybe not in the league of her peer Christina Aguilera, the gap isn't as large here as one might think. Britney's voice has power, soul, and a nice tone to it. It's distinctive and pleasant to listen to. It's not too overpowering or childish, she hits the high and low notes and just sounds great in general. I think this is very much britney's natural voice, before she started to sing in that annoying, breathy, childish voice in order to sell more records.

                *GENERAL APPEAL*

                Unfortunately I don't think this album will find a wide audience. It's strictly for young girls. It's just too cheesy and poppy for anyone a) male or b) post pubescent and whilst I'm sure it is a fine example fo its genre, I'm sad to say that I think I may have now outgrown this album. Looking back, however, I loved it, so maybe a great present for a young daughter/sister/sibling/neice etc?

                I am going to give this album a highish rating, just because I think it is a good work of pop music. It's polished and professionaly and once upon a time I know that I adored it. It is also a good CD for showing what Britney can do when she makes the most of her fabulous singing talents, which this album shows, she does indeed have!

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                  Baby One More Time was Britney Spears first album. The song Baby one More time was a massive hit selling millions of copies worldwide and it is Britneys only number one single in America.

                  The albums has songs

                  1. "...Baby One More Time" (M. Martin) – 3:31
                  2. "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (J. Elofsson, P. Magnusson, D. Kreuger, M. Martin) – 3:20
                  3. "Sometimes" (J. Elofsson) – 4:06
                  4. "Soda Pop" (M. Bassie, E. Foster White) – 3:22
                  5. "Born to Make You Happy" (K. Lundin, A. Carlsson) – 4:05
                  6. "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" (E. Foster White) – 5:11
                  7. "I Will Be There" (M. Martin, A. Carlsson) – 3:54
                  8. "I Will Still Love You" (with Don Philip) (E. Foster White) – 4:03
                  9. "Thinkin' About You" (M. Bassie, E. Foster White) – 3:36
                  10. "E-Mail My Heart" (E. Foster White) – 3:43
                  11. "The Beat Goes On" (S. Bono) – 3:43

                  Britney was 17 when this song was released. She looked pretty and fresh. The main song in the film could be called her signature song, she will always be known for this song. Everything is perfect here, beats, vocals and the dress.

                  All the songs are good time songs. In each one you have a teenager singing like she is in love with a man. She sings her heart out.

                  I think the album was aimed at people below 21 mostly. Older age groups probably also liked it. I bet it was theme tune in most schools at the turn of the century.

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                    Fun album, even with the lot of ballads...GREAT!!!

                    Before starting I have to say I just love this album, because this is one ofthe most fun, happy albums ever did by Britney. It features sticky songs, fun songs, sing along songs and beautiful vocals the overall results are amazing. Here`s a track by track review:

                    1.-...Baby One More Time:The first single from the album and of all Britney Spears' discography, no doubt why it reached the charts' tops. This first one's very bubblegummy, yet sassy in some of its lyrics. It's very sticky and great for some dance, and one of the best songs of the album and in the whole Britney's career.Score:5/5

                    2.-(You Drive Me)Crazy: This song's that one that makes you wanna dance and sing with it.The lyrics are fun, by the way, and the drums work here is amazing. The very highlight of this song is that characsteristic "ding-a-ling-a-ling dang-a-lang-a-lang" you'll hear through all the track and will stay in your head forever. Score:5/5

                    3.-Sometimes: This song is so innocent on its lyrics that it gets to be stupid "sometimes I run/sometimes I hide..." I can't take it. However, the vocals are beautiful, and the whole beat is pretty good. Really laid-back and sing along.Score:3.7/5

                    4.-Soda Pop: To the time this album was released, reggae music was trendy, so that style couldn't be missing here. This song is very fun and sing along,it will make you dance,and you'll learn the lyrics right away. Score:4.3/5

                    5.-Born To Make You Happy: This my favorite Britney song ever:beautyful vocals and overall instrument work and lyrics, along with the stickiest chorus ever written. I'm sure you'll love this kinda ballad track. Score:5/5

                    6.-From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart: This (to me) is the best ballad ever sang by Britney: lovely voals and lyrics, with a great bass and guitar work. Simply beautiful. Score:4.5/5

                    7.-I Will Be There: This song is beautiful, and its lyrics very up-lifting.There's a problem, though. Britney's voice sounds so young!!! Good track,anyway. Score:4/5

                    8.-I Will Still Love You:beautifully arranged song though the vocals are average.The whole beat is amazing, but the lyrics are kinda depressing. This' a duet with Don Philip, by the way. Gets boring to the end. Score:3.7/5

                    9.-Thinkin' About You: a strong bass song which is very sticky and sing along. It will take you to your own world, since it's very deep and fun. Play during a long trip. Score:3.9/5

                    10.-E-mail My Heart: A fun ballad, really shows what Britney's voice can do. However, the instruments are boring. The lyrics are fun and the vocals beautyful. Score:3.7/5

                    11.-The Beat Goes On: A cover from Cher's same name song, I really prefer this one. Though it's very repetitive and the track seems to really go on and on, you don't get boed, there's something in this song that keeps you awake.Score:4/5

                    12.-Deep In My Heart: This song was only released in Europe, but I must say it's pretty good, since its a fun, sticky, sing along,dance-y, disco-ish song that stays in your mind for hours. good song. Score:5/5

                    This album's great, you'll love it if you're young (specially teenager), and older people will also like it due to its great instrumentation, lyrics and vocals. I tell you: BUY IT.

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                      I used to a really big fan of Britney Spears, and currently own thousands of her CD's. Over the past couple of years I've grown up a bit I guess and tend not to listen to them much anymore, but after recently coming across them in my CD collection I decided to do a review. I feel that my position will let me critically assess the CD really well, as I won't be as biased as previously, but I'm aware of the good points too. The album baby one more time was Britney's first album, which was released alongside her debut single of the same name. Both did well in the charts, and catapulted Britney to her seat in the world of pop. The album pretty much sums up the word "pop", with a fresh faced 16 year old Britney gracing it's cover, it's hard for anyone to resist. The general sound of the album is competely different to the new material she releases, basically it's all pure pop music, without an irritating attempt to be "grown up". The album contains 12 tracks, with a mixture of sounds and tempo's, and a large number of well known songs which have been released as singles. 1)Baby one more time - This song was released as Britney's debut song, and basically provided her with the ultimate pop tune which made her famous worldwide. Pretty much everyone in the world will recognise this song, and a large percentage will love it. To sum it up, it is basically an amazingly well put together pop song, with both nice music which you can dance to, and lyrics which are catchy and everyone can sing along to. Britney's unique singing voice can also be heard. It is a fantastic start to the album, and definitely one of the better tracks overall. Most people will enjoy this song, whether just to dance to, or whether they enjoy the pop elements of it. Fave Lyric - "My loneliness is killing me" 2)Crazy (You Drive Me) - One of my definite favourite songs on the album. This s
                      ong was subsequently released as a single, but it was remixed for the single version. The album version has a less dancey version of the song, but it is still one of the more jazzy, upbeat tracks on the album, which makes it a definite thumbs up. It has an almost metallic sound to the backing music, but it's kind of cool. This will definitely appeal to those who like the most upbeat pop tracks, instead of ballads. A top track. Fave Lyric - "Crazy but it feels alright, every day and every night" 3)Sometimes - This song was released as the follow up single to baby one more time, and shared it's worldwide success. It's a bit of a slower tempo song, designed to place more focus on Britney's singing talent rather than just selling loads of copies. It's a happy go lucky song, with a very chilled out sound to it. It makes me think of summer when I hear it, and I frequently find myself swaying along to it. It's definitely one of the better slower paced songs on the album, and most people will recognise it. Fave Lyric - "If you love me, trust in me" 4)Soda Pop - There is so much that could be said about the song. It's a very bizarre song with a totally different sound than you would expect in a Britney Spears song. The sound is almost caribbean, and this is helped by the added vocals from Mikey Bassie. The lyrics appear to make absolutely no sense at all, but it really doesn't matter. This song is mostly about the overall sound, and definitely achieves high levels with the interesting sound. Britney's southern drawl makes for an interesting vocals style aswell. This song is a wonder in it's own right and everyone should listen to it regardless of their musical preferences, as the style is just kinda funny. Fave Lyric - "Open a soda pop bop shebop shebop" 5)Born to make you happy - this song was also released as one of the later singles from the album. In general it i
                      s an alright track, but the slower tempo really drags the song down, and that's a real shame. It will appeal to those who prefer the slower songs, with more focus on Britney's songs but for more the appeal lies more in the upbeat tracks. After a while this song got very irritating, and is often one that i skip. Fave Lyric - "I will be there, just to show you how much I care" 6)Bottom of my broken heart - yet again another ballad, and on a different album this would be a wonderful song, but it is held back by the sheer number of ballads on this particular album. The song gives britney a chance to really try and sing with some emotion, and I guess she does an alright job at it. I do actually quite like this song, for a ballad it's quite nice, but after a few listens I get a little bored of it. Worth a listen to start with though. Fave lyric - "You put a dart through my dreams, through my heart" 7)I Will Be There - This song instantly reminds me of sometimes, just at a bit of a higher speed. It shares the same happy go lucky, summery feel as sometimes, and is definitely a happy smiley song. It is perfect as a song song, and makes you either want to dance along with it, or sing along with the lyrics. I think this song will definitely appeal to people who appreciate pop music, but I wouldn't advise listening to it if you don't like that style of music. Fave Lyric - "When you need someone, just turn around and I will be there" 8)I Will Still Love You (Duet with Don Philip) - As with any good pop album there is a duet with a random teen male. don Philip did go on to release a single, but it didnt reach any kind of dizzy heights and since then he's disappeared. Basically this song is a typical loved up duet, two singers warbling on about how much they love each other, which you can even imagine them singing to each other on stage. The best bit is towards the end when they get a bit
                      more drammatic about loving each other, entertaining! Fave Lyric - "Time may take us apart that true, but I will always be there for you" 9)Deep in my Heart - This song is very similar to I will be there, but this time it has a bit of a heavier beat, which gives it more of an upbeat dancey feel to it. This track is alright, particularly appealing to any pop lovers out there, but it is what I call a "definite album track" . It has no particular appeal, and no oustanding features which would ever allow it to work as a single. A pretty average track. Fave Lyric - "Here we are with everything we've wished for" 10)Thinkin' About You- I haven't really got much to say about this song, because I don't really like it, it just sounds like every other song on the album mixed together and blends into the background. It is also extremely repetetive, which gets very annoying after a while and I don't think anyone will appreciate it. It is definitely NOT for anyone who doesn't like pop music, as it could lead to disaster. Fave Lyric - "Each day that I spend around you passes by too fast" 11)E-mail my heart - This song is another weepy ballad, and it is actually quite a good one but bizarrely enough has thousands of references to modern technology which are a bit strange. These references are a clear attempt at being up to date, but really they are unnecessary as they hold back what is otherwise a lovely ballad. Without really thinking about the lyrics the song is a perfect ballad, I even find myself quite liking it at times. Fave Lyric - "I can see you in my mind, coming on the line" 12)The Beat Goes On - With every album Britney releases she includes one cover version of a very famous song, and this is it. I'm sure every knows this song, and I have to say this is a fantastic cover version. It is a good dance track which matches really well with Britney
                      's husky voice to sound perfect. It is definitely my favourite track on the album and everyone should listen to, because it is really good. I think it's the only song on the album which will appeal to a much larger audience than just people who love pop music. Fave Lyric - "Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain" All in all this album is just 12 tracks of cheesy pop, a typical debut album release from a teen artist. It contains a mixture of happy upbeat songs, weepy ballads and a one-off duet. It is an alright album but I wouldn't really recommend it to other people. I think the only people who should buy this album are people who make that decision alone, otherwise you'll only be disappointed. It is definitely not for people who don't like pop music, so don't even consider it. Britney fans should also be cautious as her old sound is very diffeerent from her more recent releases, so I would advise listening before buying. Basically - Only buy if you want it, not if it's just something you think you might want.

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                        When ‘Baby One More Time’ came out, I thought perhaps we had seen the beginning of a new megastar. And to some extent I was right – Britney Spears is now a huge success. However, I was hoping for something more, ‘the new Madonna’ or something like that and to these ends I was to be disappointed. While the title track is of course excellent, most of the rest of the album sounds the same, and it seems too formulaic and generic. I can’t stand ‘Sometimes’ but ‘Born To Make You Happy’ and ‘(You Drive Me) Crazy are not bad. ‘Email My Heart’ is tolerable as well, but the rest is bland mush – which is still better than what she has since come out with. Still, as a debut album, it’s not a bad start and Britney shows she has a sense of humour by tackling ‘The Beat Goes On’. The question is: will the beat go on for her? To do so, she needs to ditch the formula songwriters and maybe do some more songs herself or at least get someone quirky and different.

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                      Disc #1 Tracklisting
                      1 Baby One More Time
                      2 You Drive Me Crazy
                      3 Sometimes
                      4 Soda Pop
                      5 Born To Make You Happy
                      6 From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart
                      7 I Will Be There
                      8 I Will Still Love You
                      9 Deep In My Heart
                      10 Thinking About You
                      11 E Mail My Heart
                      12 Beat Goes On