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      === Britney Spears - Britney ===

      === Britney Spears - Britney ===

      Born in 1981, she has now attained the age of 30 years, but if you look at her musical past, she seems already to have had a lifetime. In a relatively short period she released 9 albums. Britney spears - Britney, is her third album in 2001.

      === General information ===

      Artist: Britney Spears
      Album: Britney spears - Britney
      Year: 2001
      Number of tracks: 14

      === 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 - Britney ===

      The third album from Britney Spears is called Britney, Britney has clearly chosen the side of more dance / pop. Now looking back it certainly seems a wise choice, because her competitors such as Pink and Christina chose more for the R & B side and this way Britney began to distance herself. She came out with songs like Boys and Slave 4u. But there are also more serious songs such as Overprotected and Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman. The album has a good mix of slow songs and more upbeat.

      Slave 4u
      "Slave 4U" is the song in which she indicates that she is sexually and gave us all a new raunchy image. It's a funky dance track with a seductive beat. It's a great dance song that is not too fast. It's definitely one of my favorites, because it has less pop and more dance which I love more.

      Overprotected
      Overprotected is clearly the number where she tries to be an adult. It seems to have been written to her father. It begins as the slave 4u song with a more constant speed, but has a more pop and R & B influence and remains mostly calm. It's more of a ballad, but overall a bit too speed for me.

      Not a Girl, Not Yet A Woman
      I think a great song especially for teenage girls. It is a beautiful ballad where you get the idea that she exposes her soul for her listeners. Unfortunately, you learn that she did not take part in writing this song, while she did this with a different set of numbers. For myself, I find this song a bit too sweet and too slow.

      Boys
      Boys is a great upbeat dance song with the fairly stable beat but certainly contagious. It has acted as the soundtrack for the film Austin Powers and singer Pharrell sings along. Definitely one of my favorite songs on the albu and a great dance song. Loving the voice of Britney on this track.

      I Love Rock N 'Roll
      The rock side of Britney is clearly demonstrated with this song and it is of course a cover. Britney does quiet a good job and the song is full with energy. It's a good rock song with pop influences and Britney's voice is well reflected. A nice variation on the album.

      Conclusion

      Certainly one of the best albums of Britney and especially Slave 4u and Boys are two songs that I definitely appreciate. The album has more good upbeat songs and less pop influences. The album has of course typical pop songs like Lonely and Not a Girl, Not yet a Woman. For this reason, the album gets four stars from me, therefore, not five, but it's certainly not a bad album.

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      The perfect coming-of-age album for the former teen-pop sensation

      Britney Spears' self-titled third album showed the teen pop princess begin to grow. Already firmly established as a pop icon with just two LPs under her belt, she was granted the creative freedom to take control of her music and transform her sound from bubblegum radio-hits to a more mature, raunchier brand of r'n'b/hip-hop influenced pop. Many credit this change as ensuring her longevity, as opposed to the decline which faced the Backstreet Boys and other 90s musical phenomenon's. Without a doubt, it's the best of her first three albums - showcasing some great beats, vocals and an uplifting tone of empowerment and emancipation. Ten years old, it has stood the test of time, with many of the songs sounding as good today as they ever did.

      The album kicks off with 'Slave 4 U', one of Britney's most raunchiest to-date. The Neptunes produced beat is slow and sexy, gradually gaining in tempo, as Britney's breathy vocals becoming increasingly more hypnotic. There is an undeniably sexy mood in the song, as Britney raspy lower register meshes perfectly with the Lolita image crafted in the lyrics ("Just leave behind my name and age" she moans). The scratchy synths and the layered spoken-word and breathy vocals, are completely enthralling, and are reminiscent of Janet Jackson's work in the early 90s. When coupled with the steaming hot video, this is undoubtedly one of the sexiest and most innovative songs of Britney's entire career. And what's best is that none of its appeal has diminished with time.

      'Overprotected' is without a doubt one of my favourite Britney songs. Produced by Max Martin (legendary hit-maker behind her previous hits 'Baby One More Time', 'Oops', 'Lucky' and 'Stronger'), it is more in-tune with her power-pop sound that she was known for with her first two albums. However, there is a fierceness in the staccato beats and roaring synths, as Britney delivers the vocals with sass and conviction. It definitely shows her at her best, as while she is never going to go down in history as an incredible vocalist, her delivery is second-to-none when it comes to pop songs. I love the lyrics in the chorus ("What am I to do with my life? How am I supposed to know what's right? I can't help the way I feel but my life has been so overprotected"). This is mainly because they are like 'Lucky' in the sense that, when listening back to them in 2011, they are oddly prophetic regarding her infamous 2007 breakdown.

      Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins (famous for his work with Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Toni Braxton and Lady GaGa) is responsible for 'Lonely'. A rock-tinged pop track, which is loaded with attitude - the mumbling verses are a little dull, but the listener is suddenly struck by a powerful chorus: "I think of all the times that I wasted/I think of all the times that I took you back/In the end I'm still lonely." I love the guitar mixed in with the production, as it really suits Britney's vocals. It's definitely a really underrated track as it really shows off her skill at delivering a convicted performance. Great stuff.

      The gorgeous ballad 'I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman' features a simple piano and guitar arrangement, with Britney showcasing her ability to deliver the heart of a song flawlessly to the listener. From the moment she sings the opening line, I get chills. There is something really passionate about her vocal delivery in this song, presumably because it mirrored her life at the time. "If seen so much more than you know now, so tell me to shut my eyes" she sings, regarding how fame has forced her to grow up quickly. The soaring vocals towards the end of the song and simple arrangement are fantastic, and I really hope that she produces more songs like this in the future. Just perfect.

      'Boys' has a really funky production, courtesy of the Neptunes. The single edit of the song features guest vocals from Pharrell, which sound really sexy alongside Britney. You can definitely tell that this and the opening track were heavily inspired by the work of Janet Jackson. The beat is just amazing, with Britney's breathy musings "For whatever reason, I feel like I've been wanting you my whole life" are intoxicatingly sexy. The song is catchy, but it's the steamy mood evoked by the vocals and rhythm that just pulls the listener in. It's a great track as it shows real artistic growth from her first two albums.

      Penned by Britney herself, 'Anticipating', is a fun radio-song. The light, summery beat and sing-a-long melody mean that from the opening chords, you aren't expecting anything particularly deep here. "Skip on the drinks/head to the club/my body's taking over and I want some more," Britney sings. It's surprisingly innocent given most club songs you hear on the radio now. I love the flow in Britney's vocals and the catchy chorus, even if it's a little dated. It's a great song though.

      'I Love Rock n' Roll' is a cover of Joan Jett classic, and was featured in the movie 'Crossroads'. While it's not a patch on the original, it's a fair effort. The stuttering beat and guitar suit Britney's voice, although I don't think she's strong enough to cope with the chorus. It's a fun addition to the album, but a little superficial, as I'm not really a fan of covers.

      'Cinderella' is a little calculated if you look at it as a song. It's quite clear that her label were sceptical about having too many 'Slave 4 U'/'Boys'-esque tracks on the album, so there are some tracks like this designed to appeal to fans of her first two albums. Having said that, it is a fantastic track - one that in my opinion, should have been a single. The crashing percussion and the trademark Max Martin power-pop melody are irresistible. The chorus is such an ear-worm, you can't help but sing along to it. Many of my friends have since heard the song and wondered why they'd never known about such a huge Britney hit (it's so good, they assumed it must have been played on the radio non-stop). Creatively, it adds nothing to her back-catalogue, but as a listener, it's a glorious hidden gem.

      'Let Me Be' sounds a little like Toni Braxton's 'He Wasn't Man Enough'. While the verses are a little dull, the chorus is has quite a cool shuffling rhythm. There just a little something missing from the track - especially given that it was produced by Darkchild, there just isn't that spark that his productions normally have. It's good quite a good chorus though, so it's not a terrible song.

      The horrendously titled 'Bombastic Love' has a great beat, and sounds a little like her earlier work. The strange tempo on the chorus is a poor attempt at reggae-pop, but if you remember that the track is ten years old, it's a little more appealing. The chorus is fun and memorable - it just might be a track you listen to on your headphones instead of speakers!

      Another ballad comes in the form of 'That's Where You Take Me'. The oriental beat adds something different to the album, however, the breathy vocals that are normally found in her sexier songs feel a little out of place on the song. It's a shame that such a good album has a filler track like this. It is the definition of filler - not a bad track, but not memorable at all.

      'When I Found You' is a gorgeous close to the album. It's an electro-infused ballad, which slightly distorts Britney's vocals. "I believe everyone has one true love in this life, I do" she sings sincerely. It's such a sweet and innocent track, which makes her voice sound beautiful. I think she's slightly drowned in the production of the track, however, it's difficult, because a piano/acoustic arrangement may have made the lyrics lose their appeal and sound corny. It's a great track though, and a real grower.

      The UK edition of the CD ends with the Justin Timberlake-penned 'Before the Goodbye' - another ballad, but its combination of hypnotic synths, layered vocals and guitars making it a stunning track which should have been included on all editions of the record.

      Despite two lacklustre tracks towards the end of the album, this is still a great pop record. Britney's vocals have such rawness and personality to them, it's refreshing to hear, compared to the popstars of today (and her later work). It's the perfect coming-of-age LP for a former teenage pop princess, which shows a lot more versatility than people at the time had come to expect of her. It's definite must-have for all Britney fans, and perfect nostalgia for any pop fan.

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        22.05.2009 18:00
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        A rather enjoyable pop album that doesn't really bring anything new to the Spears pot

        I rather like Britney Spears. She is unremarkable in every way, other than her appearance. Her concerts are badly mimed and only worth their fee to watch the aerobic-style antics from the out-of-rhythm diva. Her voice is substandard, but recognisable. Her albums are generally made up of 3 hits and a load of old dross. Still, there's something steely and determined about her. Pre-breakdown, she was the darling of the pop world, churning out 4 hits a year, and showing her peers how its done. This was the third of four albums from that era.

        The album opens with one of her biggest hits to date. I'm A Slave For You is a sexed up suggestive track with an Eastern feel to it. Not to be out-done by ex Justin, Britney whoops and whispers over a broken up beat that charms the snakes out of the basket. The song could also be taken as an ode to the continuous obsession with her body at the start of her career, where she really was a slave to her audience.

        Its business as usual on Overprotected which diverts things back to a more familiar sound. Using a backing track all too familiar from her first and second album, Spears can be forgiven when the sound is this exuberant. This also gave her another of her Top 10 hits earlier in the decade.

        There's a backing vocal overload on Lonely where Spears breaks the beat down again for something slightly different. That determination of hers comes across as she states that no matter how lonely she gets, she doesn't want to let (said lover) back in. As unremarkable as her voice, the song is instantly forgettable, save for a pretty bad mid-track rap.

        One of the better songs to come for her career, its back to familiar ground for the twee but touching I'm Not A Girl. Used as the soundtrack to promote her debut film Crossroads, this is one of the few tracks that boasts a genuine ability in Spears' vocal. I couldn't have been the only one who laughed hysterically as her character pretended to write the song though.

        This album could easily be a sountrack to Spears short-lived but attrocious film career. Boys played out her cameo on one of the Austin Powers films, as she cavorted and competed with Mike Myers in both the video and the film. That video and its inclusion is the only thing memorable about the song, a bland and generic attempt to shift from type.

        A slight 80s-disco twist brings Anticipating thrusting to life. Of course, you have to be able to tolerate Spears thin and sugary voice to allow yourself to get this far into any of her CD's. If you manage it, the song is enjoyable if merely for the change in direction the CD takes. It might sound like something that Cathy Dennis wrote for an unimpressed Kylie, but its one of the better songs on the album.

        Is Joan Jett still alive. If she is she'll be spinning in her margerita. This cover of I Love Rock N Roll is a disgrace to music. I loved the original with its fiery vocalist and head banging chorus. Spears rips the life out of the song and delivers her vocals like she's reading the points on her latest weight watchers diet.

        Cindarella? Could she be any more blatant. Spears fancies herself as some sort of poor girl makes good. I'm sure its been a while since she routed around in the bins for half eaten sandwiches in LA. However, she dresses herself up as Cindarella, famed for running away from her prince and losing her shoe and her dignity. The song sounds like an unfinished demo, and pretty much borrows from the traditional Britney sound.

        Let Me Be has a strange vocal from Britney. I have no idea why she puts on that froggy voice in the verses. Very odd. Its probably the low light of the album, save for her Joan Jett cover. A song that should have been saved for the b-side of her least successful single.

        Bombastic Love is far from Bombastic. There are more voice quiverings from the pop diva and an overload of vocals from her backing singers. It's resemblence to Oops I Did It Again is a bit of a cheat, but its an enjoyable ditty nonetheless, made better with the clever rhyming of exactly and fantastic, as well as the chimes that subtly underlie.

        We are transported to Japan for the opening of Thats Where You Take Me. God knows how she manages it, but Spears can take the sound of every continent and make it all sound like a 7 track remix cd of the one song. Before long, we are sucked back in by Spears and the Spearettes.

        The album ends on Whats It Like To Be Me, which has some rent-a-rapper moment in the beginning, a thrusting base, and more of exactly the same.

        There's no doubt that some clever lyrics, and excellent production make Spears third outing a rather better affair than her first two daft albums. The problem is that there are very few deviations from the norm. A sensationally sexy opening single and a couple of tracks that attempt to be different make it a better experience.

        Spear will always be remembered more for her dance routines, and that nervous breakdown, as well as her insistence to drop down to her knickers whilst preaching the word of god. Like the overrated Madonna, she isn't a singer by any measure, but is vastly superior looking and at least seems to acknowledge her own shortcomings as an artist. Which is just as well, because on the evidence, she would have to have a sense of humour to keep releasing this kind of samey material.

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          My favoruite Britney Spears album

          Now I am definitely not the world's biggest Britney fan, as although I like a lot of her early stuff I am not at all fond of some of her most recent albums. When Britney released her first album in 1999 she was only 18 years old. I myself was only 9 years old and so her pop stance to music really appealed to me. To be perfectly honest I think that this style of music suited her much better than some of her later outings.

          To date Britney has released six albums in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2008. The album I am going to review today is her third album, which was entitled Britney. This album saw her make a move away from the bubblegum pop style songs that had brought her into the limelight. Although I have mentioned that it was this pop style sound that had got my interest in the first place, this third album is probably my favourite of the six that she has produced.

          Track List
          1/ I'm a Slave 4 u
          2/ Overprotected
          3/ Lonely
          4/ I'm not a girl, not yet a woman
          5/ Boys
          6/Anticipating
          7/I love rock 'n' roll
          8/Cinderella
          9/Le me be
          10/Bombastic Love
          11/That's where you take me
          12/When I found you
          13/Before the Goodbye
          14/What it's Like To Be Me

          **TRACK 1 - I'm a Slave 4 u**
          This track has quite an upbeat and 'funky' backing track, which really adds something to the song as a whole. The lyrics aren't anything special in my opinion but are matched to the backing track very well and sung well.
          7/10

          **TRACK 2 - Overprotected**
          This track begins with Britney speaking but then with a brilliant drumbeat, that continues throughout the rest of the track, the main of the song starts. The beat is strong and punchy rather like the lyrics, which listening to do tell a good story. The vocals are solid throughout and the style of her voice really suits the track.
          9/10

          **TRACK 3 - Lonely**
          The backing track to this song is also one with a steady drumbeat that holds the track together. The vocals are again strong and solid throughout and the harmony sections work beautifully. Britney also has a gravely sounding voice during parts of this song and this really suits the overall style of the track.
          8/10

          **TRACK 4 - I'm a girl, not yet a woman**
          This song has a beautiful backing track in my opinion. The steady beat combined with a tremendous piano piece really suits the ballad style of the song. The lyrics are truly exquisite and are sung perfectly from the start. Britney is singing. This song is certainly my most favourite on the album and probably my favourite Britney song ever, as everything about the track beautifully captures the period in between being a girl and being a woman and in a way was one I always have been and still can relate to.
          10/10

          **TRACK 5 - Boys**
          This track sees a return to the heavy beat and the somewhat spoken lyrics. I must admit that the extent of the seemingly spoken lyrics isn't something I am particularly fond of but it does seem to work for the song. Despite this it isn't one of my favourite tracks.
          6/10

          **TRACK 6 - Anticipating**
          The backing track to this song is very up-beat and pop sounding. It has a party sort of sound and the fast-paced lyrics really add to this feeling. The vocals are strong throughout making the song a real pleasure to listen to.
          9/10

          **TRACK 7 - I Love rock 'n' roll**
          This song has a strong beat like most of the others on the album and certainly does have a rock and roll feel in my opinion. The song isn't one of my favourite ever songs but it is sung well.
          6/10

          **TRACK 8 - Cinderella**
          This track has quite a unique backing track although the steady beat is still there. The lyrics are quite good in my opinion and the song is always one I find myself singing along to. The vocals are strong and consistent throughout and the changing style of singing does add variety.
          9/10

          **TRACK 9 - Let me Be**
          I quite like song. The lyrics are different and the vocals strong throughout. The backing track has that consistent and steady beat but also some other little riffs that make it different to some of the others.
          7/10

          **TRACK 10 - Bombastic love**
          For some reason I quite like this track too. The lyrics are quite different from the others on the album and are sung well throughout. A strong and steady beat is present on the sound track but there is something else about it that just makes it appealing.
          7/10

          **TRACK 11 - That's where you take me**
          The start to this song is quite soft and subtle and this continues throughout. The track is a mix between ballad and pop song, which suits both the lyrics and Britney's overall style. The vocals really suit the track in my opinion and remain consistent throughout the duration of the track.
          9/10

          **TRACK 12 - When I found you**
          The beginning of this track always grabs my attention as I always expect the rest of the song to sound different to how it does. The track itself again has a ballad feel with strong vocals from the start, decent harmonies and an overall soothing feel.
          8/10

          **TRACK 13 - Before the Goodbye**
          The start of this track is again what grabs attention and the start of the vocals keeps the attention held. The lyrics aren't anything special but they are sung well and the changing pace and tempo of the track adds something to it that some of the other tracks lack.
          9/10

          **TRACK 14 - What it's like to be me**
          The backing track to this song is solid and punchy from the offset as are the vocals. The lyrics are decent and are sung very well fitting seamlessly with the backing track from the very beginning. It isn't my favourite track on the album and personally I would have chosen a different one to finish the album with. Saying this however it isn't too bad.
          7/10

          Overall this album is one I like a lot. Not all of the tracks are perfect and there are a couple I'm not as fond of but taking everything into consideration it is one that I would recommend.

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            An average album and poor in contrast to her last albums

            What a difference 6 years makes. It was just that amount of time ago that Britney brought out her last album before she went completley off the deep end. Pressure had clearly been gathering on Miss Spears as she was getting castigated for her musical style and felt the only way to really answer her critics was to bring out a new album with a more mature or at least evolved side to it. What we got was an album which is a bit hit or miss, sure theres some good tracks on here but theres a few horrors too.

            She actually brought out 7 singles from this album however a few of them were just woeful. The first track "I'm a Slave 4 U" released late 2001 was one which I just didn't like , I know she was trying to make a statement by releasing something so dark in comparison to her usual but it just wasn't for me. "I'm not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" was ok, listenable but nothing immense. I Really enjoyed "Overprotected" like a female Backstreet Boys effort but still pretty good. Also she brought out a cover of "I Love Rock n Roll" which to be honest was a poor attempt but at least it's a good song to pick.

            Overall this album just wasn't for me, if you like Britney a lot it's probably worth having but for me it's nothing special. Thumbs somewhere in the middle.

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              Good luck to her. I've much worse to say about Jade Goody.

              I just didn’t understand a whole generation’s obsession with Princess Diana. Not at all. However, it seems you can’t help but identify with an omnipresent celebrity the same age as you and for this reason I feel compelled to write this review. Britney and I are the same age and a similar height. Apart from this, we have almost nothing in common. She is not the yardstick I judge myself by, nor someone I would aspire to be. So why I am I interested?

              When ‘Beby One More Time’ hit MTV, I was 16. I’d left school and started college and a job. I was out in the real world, being (as I then thought) an adult. I didn’t get why anyone our age would voluntarily dress in school uniform for a video – for me it was a little too recent! On top of this, everyone knows that American schools don’t usually have a uniform.
              Being an idealistic teenager I was disgusted at the idea of men perving over girls in school uniform and annoyed that anyone would encourage this sort of ‘paedophile fantasy’. After all, I was ‘an adult’ and could look back on those school years with irritation. What I did want however, was to appeal to people and I could grasp that this was the sentiment.

              I can forgive Britney the ‘Virgin’ statements in a heartbeat. She was always the puppet of the industry in the early days. The silver ring movement in America is huge, it was what was expected of her. Also, regardless of this possibly being yet another attempt to appeal to the ageing pervs, would we rather she had set a different standard? If she had openly flaunted endless conquests, would her mainly pre-teen audience have benefited from this rather than hypocrisy?

              Just as I moved into a shared house, Britney underwent a ‘knee operation’ which altered features other than her knees. I remember my housmate lolling on the sofa and speculating whether Libby from neighbours had undergone the same knee operation. Great fib, but by now no-one expected honesty really. Britney’s bigger boobs have never appeared on show except in those fake porn videos on the internet. She suddenly stopped showing them off which suggests that she must have been left with a few scars. Round of applause for not joining the Jordan camp and buying ones bigger than her head though.

              I split with my first serious boyfriend of a few years around the time Britney split with Justin. The bitchy video he produced for ‘Cry me a River’ compounded the sense of injustice I felt towards my ex’s spin on things. Britney was being unfairly treated, after all everyone gets drunk occasionally.
              There was no proof that she cheated. And what was with him releasing those stories about her begging at his hotel room door? Justin was not entirely noble with his kiss and tell. A shabby attempt at riding Britney’s fame after his loss of the crappy n-sync. She weathered that one, but it casts doubts on whether she should get back together with him.

              Britney and I went on to have some ill advised relationships. Everyone has a K-Fed, but why would she try and settle with him? If he was prepared to cheat on his pregnant girlfriend, then he was never going to be great father material (unless you count the conception). This moron appears to have done a fair bit of damage to her career. Two babies and another broken marriage later, I’m glad I didn’t follow that path (obviously without her wealth and fame to fall back on)… Love is blind, lust is short sighted and there but for the grace of God goes any of us.

              The ‘Family Britney’ could have been a better look. She did at least appear consistently with her kids (no dumping with a nanny) and took a career break. Unfortunately some of those appearances have involved her endangering the life and limb of her little ones. She was spotted driving with Sean Preston on her lap and recently feeding her tiny new son chewing gum. She never stopped dyeing her hair during pregnancy and her cohort of pre-baby-substitute dogs mysteriously disappeared to resounding accusations that she’d had them put down.

              So, what of the music? A lot was made out of the fact that she supposedly co-wrote ‘I’m a Slave 4U’. A dreadful, tuneless dirge. I didn’t like her more recent stuff either. The song with Madonna was nothing like as special as it was hyped to be. Two intensely popular modern artists managed to release a song with boring lyrics and no real tune. Did they even hire a song writer? This was so awful I could almost believe they wrote it themselves.
              As for the Lesbian kiss – yuck. Madonna is practically a grandmother and Britney was already too much of a star for such tedious catch-alls.
              The cover songs were diabolical. Don’t even get me started.
              And so, music has hit the back burner for Britney.

              Having moved on from the attention her new family got her, her appearances now consist of arriving at nightclubs, on pills, with Paris Hilton and no knickers. She is disgustingly overweight, pasty and haggard. Allegedly, the nightclub in Las Vegas refused to pay her New Year’s Eve appearance fees after she passed out / fell asleep. So, all those of you slating her, take a minute to feel smug. This week’s Reveal magazine made her look like Courtenay Love at 6am after a spell in prison.

              The burning question is why her management would let Britney Inc sail into such troubled waters. Aren’t these people paid for damage minimisation? I feel sorry for her and I think she can probably still pull her career back. It must be a tough call, money isn’t everything. She’s obviously compensating for the teenage years she missed thanks to her working schedule, she has normal everyday problems and on top of that she’s a single mum at 25. I’m not rightly sure why anyone would be jealous of someone who is constantly ridiculed and trampled in the red-top press and can’t even enjoy a right to privacy.

              We don't need a psychologist to explain the patterns of behaviour she's been exposed for lately. She's unhappy. If for no greater reason than that her hair extensions are loose and she's having to get her tattoo altered.

              So after what feels like a good gossip I have a confession. I’ve got shares in her on Celebdaq and therefore a vested interest in her possible comeback. She’s pretty, she’s obviously someone people want to watch and she’s already got an impressive record. My opinion is that she might just make one…

              ** Please note, the original Britney Spears in General Category is now only available in archive and I think this is intended to replace it (there's a separate category for the album entitiled 'Britney Spears'). **

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                Some of you who have read some of my other opinions may know that my wife and I sometimes challenge each other to write opinions on things we would normally steer well clear of. Well, it is challenge time again, and this time I have entered the world of pop music Britney style. I am cringing as I put the CD into the drive, and I feel that I may be scarred by this experience, but in the name of honest reviews, I will put my doubts to one side and give you all my honest and truthful opinion. You have probably guessed that I am no Britney fan, I just think she is pushed in our faces far too much, although I have to admit that I thought she was pretty foxy in her video for 'Hit Me Baby'. Sugary sweet pop is just not my thing, but the thing that struck me straight away was that this CD, which is her third album has a much harder, almost R&B feel to anything else I have heard from Britney. Her voice has never been the problem for me, it was more the music, and now hopefully she can start and develop her vocal range along with her music. The opening track 'Slave 4U' is the coming of age track for Britney. Here she admits she is sexual and showed us all a new raunchy image, and this track gave her music a touch of credibility, and it certainly appealed to a wider market. It is a funky dance track with a catchy hook which is always a recipe for success. A deliberate move on the part of Britney and her advisers as I am sure they released that the teeny boppers were growing up, and if the music did not grow with them then they would drop it like a hotcake and move onto something else. 'Overprotected' is reportedly a song that was written with Britney's father Jamie in mind, as he tends to try and wrap her up in cotton wool, and it has caused a lot of tension between them. It starts very much like 'Slave', it is upbeat with a constant pace throughout and is very much in your face, which coupled with a lot of attitud
                e from Britney makes for a pretty decent song. It is the music again which is the winner, and the dance/R&B beat is a hands down winner for me. Oh dear, will I ever be able to listen to a Foo Fighters song again after this!! 'Lonely' reminds me so much of her ex beau Justin Timberlake's debut single. It is certainly heading back down the road to pop, but is stopped halfway by a really kick ass R&B, sometimes rock feel. I am actually starting to warm to this CD, as it is not as much bubblegum pop as I first thought...or is it?? Britney quickly reverts to her sickly sweet style with the ballad 'I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman', which featured in her debut film, 'Crossroads'. Oh Britney...why, and even worse why did Dido write something so weak? It is just so plain and uninspiring, and worst of all, it is too damn cheesy! Another song which featured in a film is the track 'Boys', which saw Britney appear briefly as herself in Austin Powers:Goldmember. It is another upbeat and very funky track. Again Britney is pushing her sexuality more to the forefront, and I have to admit that it does work, because if I put my prejudice to one side and just heard this song without knowing who it was by I would probably enjoy it, but then when I am full of praise, Britney decides to put in the worst song I have ever heard by her. 'Anticipation' is just sickening, so cheesy, so commercialised and should not have been included on the album, as it undoes all of the good work done so far, and it just does not fit well, sticking out like the proverbial sore thumb. A cover version is sometimes a dangerous move, and especially with a classic such as 'I Love Rock n Rock' previously releaed by Joan Jett, but I admit that Britney does a good job. At first, the more discerning listener is sure to switch off because it is such a classic song, but I assure you that this is a definite grower. 'Cinderella' is
                not traditional pop, but the lyrics and the feel of the song are very much in this genre. A filler track aimed very much at the old fan base if ever I heard one! 'Let Me Be' reminded me of a Toni Braxton track when it first started, and indeed it sounds like a very average album track from a female R&B singer, so I was surprised to see that it was produced by Darkchild, as the material from Darkchild is normally much bolder, and not as watered down as this. Carrying on in the same vein is the horribly titled 'Bombastic Love'. I was half expecting to see guest vocals from Shaggy with a title like that! It is nothing different, and it just merges into one with 'Let Me Be', they are just so similar, and she uses the croaky effect on her voice which I have always found so irritating in the past. Back to ballad land with 'That's Where You Take Me'. Not a traditional ballad, as the chorus becomes quite upbeat, but Britney's vocals are very soft, and I can imagine her pouting whilst singing this. 'When I Found You' is in the same vein, or at least it would be if it could decide what it was trying to be. The music is not ballad style, but the vocals certainly are and it is very distracting, eventually becoming very annoying and irritating, so much so that I really have to fight the urge to skip it especially in the last minute when it all goes very wrong. Justin Timberlake had to be involved somewhere, and indeed here he has his hand in the production pie, and I hope that he takes it out very quickly as 'Before The Goodbye' is a total mismatch of styles and all that results is a complete disaster which sounds like the Dana International song which won The Eurovision Song Contest, which I know other reviewers have mentioned as well! Maybe the princess of pop is maturing, and maybe the self imposed break (although this just seems to be from publicity as I have seen details of a new rel
                ease called 'Stages') she is having will allow her to grow and move forward some more, but personally I hope she concentrates on her music rather than her acting. Regardless of personal opinion though, she is phenomenally successful, and is the first female to have a Billboard debut number 1 with her first 3 albums, so there is obviously a devoted fanbase out there. I liked some parts of the album, but disliked other parts just as much, so whilst I am not a fan, I am more of an admirer than I was before I listened to this. Like the sound of Britney? Then you can see and read more at www.britneyspears.com

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                  02.08.2002 20:45
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                  Well, Ms Spears appears to have grown up...and I ain't complaining 'cos it appears to have resulted in a new, mature sound involving much more guitar and much less triangle (phew). Whilst remaining 'poppy' the album has a much more R'n'B feel, and boasts some kick-ass tunes, including a feisty cover of Susie Quattro's 'I love Rock 'n' Roll'. The contribution to the Austin Powers soundtrack, 'Boys', was a maybe at first but now that its become a bit more publicised in the media its starting to grow on me. There's also a CD-ROM extra - an unseen video of 'Overprotected' which also features clips for the film 'Crossroads'. When I received this CD for my birthday I was a bit apprehensive...I wasn't a great fan of the way Britney was moving, i.e. the whole panting, muttering 'Slave 4 U' thing. But, to my intense pleasure, there is only one poor track - the early 90's disco-esque 'Before The Goodbye' which belongs firmly on a soft dance album. All other tracks definitely surpass expectations...so may I be the first to congratulate Britney on what I consider a rousing, gotta-get-up-and-dance, generally kick-ass album. You will love this album if you like stars such as Pink, Mya and Christina Milian. However, you probably won't like it if you enjoyed her previous work, this is a far cry from her last two albums.

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                    I have never liked britney spears which i know is unusual for a teenage girl. But for my birthday i was given her new album and so just to be polite i decided to give it a chance. Wow has my opinion changed i might even now consider myself to be a fan of hers. The album is a change to her normal style of "goody two shoes" pop and is a mix of rock, sexy pop and some of her soppy usuals. I cant really pin-point my favourite track as they are all great. My only critism would be that they all sound very similar but this means if u like one of the songs you should like them all. It is an essential album for dancing round your bedroom and singing as the tunes are catchy and funky. This is a great album- RECOMMENDED!

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                      Now I am no Britney fan, quite the opposite. When I went shopping with my best friend he decided to buy me a copy of Britney’s self titled album. For some very strange reason he thought I actually liked her. He disappeared for five minutes to get it without me noticing. There I was putting on an Oscar worthy performance shouting, “Max, I love it THANK YOU!” when really in my head I was thinking, “why couldn’t he have just bought me Alicia Keys?” Anyway I had heard the Neptune’s produced some of this album so I thought why not just listen to it! I am a huge fan of the Neptune’s (And Pharrell Williams ;) but that’s for another reason! hehe) so I knew they would be able to add that brilliant Neptune’s sound to the album. As I put it on I have to say I was quite surprised! I was actually enjoying it! This album is a fusion of R’n’B and pop. I was quite shocked to hear songs like Slave 4 u and lonely. These songs were definitely not in the usual Britney style. These songs were much more original. If you’re a hard-core Britney fan don’t worry. Britney hasn’t lost her style just yet, she’s just slowly changing it, but it’s not quite vanished yet. Britney is growing out of that bubblegum pop phase and notably, so are her fans so isn’t it just natural to let the music grow with her. Well I think that’s what Britney’s trying to do. With her first album Britney was 100% pure pop. It was an album pre-teen girls loved to listen to, something they could relate to. The second album was somewhat more mature than the debut. Britney then claimed this album was a totally different approach to pop music and was definitely more mature than her previous releases. I think that is true to some extent, some songs are notably more mature than her previous releases. Britney Spears isn’t exactly a singer who is taken seriously bec
                      ause her music is mostly bubblegum pop but with this album you can feel the attitude and the fact that she wants her music to change and be taken seriously. I honestly wouldn’t purchase any of her CD’s but I do have to admit to purchasing baby one more time when it first came out! Her music doesn’t really appeal to me and the fact that I instantly dismiss her, as a bubblegum pop princess doesn’t really help. I think that title might change after she has released a few more albums. Some of the more R’n’b influenced tracks do appeal to me including Slave 4 u. some of the tracks are produced by Rodney 'Dark Child' Jerkins and The Neptune’s which just goes to show she really is trying to mature her sound and try out the R’n’b flavour. I think it is about time she tried out more sounds instead of sticking to her pop roots although I think she should keep the pop sound as it suits her more than anything else. Personally I don’t think Britney has that good a voice. I was watching a show about her childhood on VH1 and her voice was simply stunning when she was 10. Somehow that special something in her voice is no longer there, in my opinion anyway. ~~THE TRACKS~~ I’M A SLAVE 4 U 3:36 The album starts off with this very funky tune. First time I heard this I instantly loved it. I usually hate all things Britney but I was proud to admit that I adored this song. It is so original and definitely does not have that Britney style to it. I would say it’s more R’n’b. The rhythm of the song is really good; it’s very catchy and has such an addictive beat. The beat is really good on this track, definitely one of the strong points of the song. I think this is one of the most original Britney songs I have ever heard, it’s totally different and doesn’t have those usual ‘Britney beats’. I was really surprised t
                      o see Britney singing a song like this but I have to admit it suits her a lot. Instead of singing though Britney seems to whisper sexily. Well that’s the theme of the song as obviously she’s telling a certain guy she’s a slave for him. I don’t think this song did as well as it could have, it just vanished out of the charts but I seriously think it deserved a much higher chart position. Also how Britney stays in tune on this song just baffles me. Especially when she says ‘slaaaaaaaave’ how does she do that?! The bubblegum pop princess works really well with this kind of music and I think her voice sounds really good on it too. The lyrics may get a little repetitive but I think the music and beats make up for that. The video for this song is pretty weird, just shows Britney dancing in front of a gang of friends oh and that guy. I personally think the video could have been much better, I expected it to be in the jungle or something, or similar to her MTV awards performance. Anyway this really is one sexy track. 9/10 OVERPROTECTED 3:19 I hated this song the first time I heard it but it slowly grew on me like everything else on this album. The song has quite a slow intro with her saying she needs ‘time’ ‘love’ ‘joy’ etc. I think this song sounds more Britney than anything else. It has similarities to some of her previous releases. I think the tune of the song is good and is probably the best part of it. There isn’t anything really original about this song but it’s still good to listen to in my opinion. I personally think this was released as the second single because it was pure Britney. With slave 4 u, that was original and different and maybe her record company were afraid the public weren’t happy with the so called change of style and decided to throw a very average, normal song into the charts. I’m not saying this song totally sucks but it lacks the ori
                      ginality slave 4 u had. It still is a song worth listening to. The video is pretty lame. It just shows Britney in some warehouse dancing (as usual) but there is absolutely nothing new and original about the video. The meaning of this song is pretty obvious, Britney is just saying she doesn’t need to be overprotected and needs to be treated like an adult instead of a child. Also she’s fed up of people telling her to be someone else but her. 7/10 LONELY 3:20 This song is a mixture of pop and R’n’b. the main sound is definitely pop but the influence is definitely R’n’b. the chorus also has a bit of a rock edge to it which just makes this song a fusion of loads of different sounds. The song starts instantly without a boring intro. It’s a fast song with really heavy beats. I think Britney is trying to sound sexy on this track as instead of singing she is talking but in sexy way if you know what I mean. At first I kind of had a hard time believing this was Britney, it sounds nothing like her. The whole sound of the song is so not her but the song is quite decent. One bad point of the song is that it gets really repetitive after a while. The rock influence on the chorus can get quite irritating as it kind of clashes with the other sound’s of the song. I definitely think this song was meant to be apart of her new image and it definitely goes with it but I kind of think this song is quite average and very repetitive. If you don’t like it at first I’m quite sure it’ll grow on you, as for Britney fans liking it, I really am not sure. It really depends if your open minded when it comes to music. The sound is definitely not her but be glad she is trying out a new sound. 6/10 I'M NOT A GIRL, NOT YET A WOMAN 3:51 When I first heard that Dido was writing a song for Britney I thought wow, Britney doing the Dido style should be pretty cool right? Well let’s just say fir
                      st time I heard this I thought this song is too plain and too boring. It’s the only ballad on the album and also the song for her debut movie ‘Crossroads’. At first I thought this song lacked something and then I realised this song just doesn’t flow that easily. I personally think it needs Dido’s haunting lyrics to keep it going. Britney’s voice sounds good on this single, but I personally think Dido could have worked this song much better. I think Britney does sound really ‘grown up’ on this song and just proves that her voice has matured. This song will probably end up growing on you because it has quite an emotional, sweet side to it, which you will probably end up liking. The song starts off on quite a haunting note. But it’s a soft, quiet song, which you can probably relate to. The meaning of the song is pretty obvious. She’s trying to point out that she’s no longer a girl but not quite a woman either and needs time on her own to grow out of being in between. Probably something most girls will relate to. When you listen to it, the lyrics to stand out quite a bit. I think this is probably the best song on the album – lyrically. Dido has written a beautiful song here. You will have noticed by now that this is Britney’s latest release. 8/10 BOYS 3:28 From such a soft and lovely ballad you come to this. I don’t think that goes very well but hey. This song is probably made in the same style as ‘Slave 4 u’. Instead of singing Britney seems to talk more. Also she does quite a bit of giggling in the song, I would imagine because of the sexual nature of the song. The beat of the song is ok but I personally feel like this song is quite hard to get into. There is nothing special about this song; it’s just an average track on the album. The Neptune’s who also produced Slave 4 u produced it but I think that is much better than this track. It is sti
                      ll a well-produced track but I think the beats aren’t as good and Britney should have done more singing on this track instead of so much talking and whispering. Sometimes it is quite difficult to actually to hear Britney as she is whispering quietly. The beats are probably the loudest thing on the whole song. The meaning of the song is just Britney spotting a hot looking guy and telling him he’s sexy and how a girl needs a boy. There is one line in the song that sticks out for being quite saucy. “You're a sexy guy, I'm a nice Girl Let's turn this dance floor into our own little nasty world!” I guess from that one line you’ll get what this song is about. Britney has released another version of this track which is much better and even features Pharrell from the Neptune’s. I think it is a lot better than the album version. 6/10 ANTICIPATING 3:16 Don’t take the p*ss out of me. But I really like this song. This song is pure pop and shiny happy music. I contradict myself by saying I actually like this but then again my music style changes by the minute. This song is so pop, it just reminds me of having fun with your friends, and I know that sounds silly but this song should be a summer anthem. This song would not be out of place in the 70’s; it just has that 70’s vibe going on. A very retro song that is just pure fun. At first when I heard this song I did think it must have been a joke because it stood out on the album so much not because it’s absolutely brilliant but because it kind of clashes with everything else on the album. It instantly starts off with a fun catchy beat with no slow intro. This song does seem a bit out of place on the album though, because this song is not mature at all so if Britney wants all maturity this song was where she went wrong but still a good song that should keep her fan base happy. This song just puts a smile on my face, I don’t know why. Us
                      ually I would dismiss this type of song as crappy pop but the fun sound of the song just makes you love it. The song is about her and her friends going out to have a good time. She happens to spot someone she likes. That and oh she’ll be anticipating! 7/10 I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL 3:06 This is a pop makeover of the Joan Jett classic I love rock ‘n’ roll. Personally I think this song starts off on a bit of a geeky note as when Britney says ‘Hey, is this thing on?” (Referring to the microphone) she sounds like a 10-year-old girl. After that though the guitar comes in which gives the song a ‘rock’ edge. When Britney starts to sing her voice sounds a lot better and I think it does match the heavy beats and guitar. This song is more pop than rock though but still she makes it her song. I think her voice suits the so-called rock sound and she sounds quite good on this track. The beats on this track are very loud and definitely stand out but the basic sound is still pop. When I first heard this track I must admit I dismissed it as a filler because there was nothing really interesting or special about this song. I personally think this song is one of those tracks that slowly grow on you after you hear it so many times. The sound is a bit too pop in my opinion, the rock element is still there but I think they should have used more of it to make the song a lot more interesting. There have been quite a few cover versions of this song but to me this one just doesn’t really stand out. It’s too average. 5/10 CINDERELLA 3:39 This song starts off on a very Cinderella type sound. I can’t really explain it but it’s what you would expect a song about Cinderella to sound like. This song sounds a lot like songs from her previous albums with those trademark Britney beats. This song is quite a hard pop song, it’s not bubblegum pop but much harder. It does sound like her
                      older tracks but with a new flavour and twist. I don’t think its anything special and would class it as a filler. The way Britney sings on this track you can tell she’s putting the voice on just like on her other tracks such as baby one more time and crazy. I would think this is one of the weaker songs on the album, as it’s not got anything new and original about it. The song gets very repetitive and I don’t think Britney’s voice sounds very good on this track either. She sings quite loudly as it’s meant to be a hard song but I don’t think it goes well with the music. I think if Britney does become unpopular with her ‘new sound’ I think this might be released to keep her fans happy but I don’t think its worthy of a single release. I do know a lot of Britney fans who love this song and do think it should be released. It sounds more like Steps to me though. This song is done in the style of Britney pop so if you’re a fan of her first two albums I’m sure you’ll love this. 5/10 LET ME BE 2:51 This song starts off on quite a soft note and I think it sounds good the way it starts. This song is more pop than anything else but with a more mature approach. I think the song has sounds of different genres as well, which gives the song a bit of an edge. It’s quite a slow song, which in my opinion flows really easily. This track was produced by Dark child but isn’t in his usual taste; it has got a slight R’n’b touch to it. This song is slow but the way Britney sings it makes it faster and I think that gives the song a really good edge. I think once you get into this song you won’t be able to get it out of your head. This song has that R’n’b element to it so I can imagine several R’n’b singers, singing this song as well. I think this song would be classed as a fast ballad. It’s not slow like most of her ballads but faster. T
                      he verses have the soft ballad touch whilst the choruses are much faster and upbeat. This song doesn’t really stand out at first but I think it will slowly grow on you. The song is basically about Britney asking someone to just let her be and not basically be in her face all the time. In my opinion this song is far too short, it’s only 2:51 long and does end when the song is just getting started, I think this song could be improved by making it longer. 7/10 BOMBASTIC LOVE 3:06 The backing music might sound familiar to you. It’s the music that was featured at the start of the ‘overprotected’ video. The song isn’t brilliant but does have its moments. It’s got a good sound to it and I think the way Britney sings is really good and it meshes well with the beats and music. The way she sings just reminds me of the way she sings on the baby one more time. It really sounds as though she is putting on the voice to get that pop sound. The way the song starts out you would think it would be a slow song but it is quite the opposite. The catchiest part of the song is definitely the chorus as it the bit you can sing to. This song is definitely more pop and is quite upbeat. The bit in the song where she slows down and tried to sound sexy sounds quite unoriginal as she seems to do that in most of her songs these days. She sounds very angry on this song but the lyrics are quite the opposite. The song is about how a love can be so bombastic and how she is just made for one guy and that they should always be together. I guess the lyrics don’t really go well with the angry voice. Overall I think this song is not that good, a bit too average. I think pop lovers will love it, and it has that Britney touch to it so I’m sure her fans will love it. 5/10 THAT’S WHERE YOU TAKE ME 3:32 This song is a ballad with a fast edge to it. I think the intro sounds childish for some reason but in a good w
                      ay! This song has a really nice feel to it and has a good sound to it. This is one of my favourite songs on the album because it’s got a really soft sound to it but when the chorus gets going it’s much faster and upbeat. The way the verse and chorus are different goes really well together. Adds two different elements to the song. I think her voice sounds really good on this song and like not a girl, not yet a woman shows she does have a good singing voice, not just a pop singing voice she has to put on. Her voice is quite loud on this song so you can hear it quite a lot. The backing beats of this song somewhat resemble those on Kandi’s songs. I think the lullaby sound of this song makes it different to all the others and makes it more of a soft chill out song. I like it because it is a really soft song which as nice sweet lyrics to. It’s a nice song to chill out to, as it is quite relaxing. The lyrics of the song are quite sweet as they show where someone you love can take you. It really is a sweet song. I think her pop fans will love it, as it really is a nice song. 8/10 WHEN I FOUND YOU 3:36 I don’t like the way this song starts. It’s a ballad and the annoying backing sound just doesn’t fit together with the slowness of the track. This is a slow and sweet song, it is a nice track but the annoying sound in the background makes the song irritating in my eyes. Other than that the song is ok. Worth listening to if you like Britney doing ballads. I don’t think this song stands out on the album that much though. The sound of the song is too simple and average. I think Britney is probably more known for her up-tempo pop tracks than the slow ballads. Again like on the other ballads Britney’s voice sounds really good on this track and meshes well with the quiet music in the background. The lyrics of the song are quite sweet and emotional just basically talking about love. I think if you like nice lyr
                      ics there worth listening out for. I think she also sounds quite nice on this song, as her voice is quiet and kept simple. This ballad has a slight R’n’b edge because of the slow yet R’n’b influenced beats. Overall I think this is a sweet, soft song, which will grow on you after a while, but it does get slightly irritating because of those silly sounds in the background. 5/10 WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ME 2:50 Her boyfriend Justin Timberlake and her choreographer Wade Robson produced this song. In this song you can hear Justin whispering in the background like any other producer would. This song in my opinion is done in the normal Britney manner and has those beats. The tune of this song is quite catchy and I think the beats are really good too. Also the violin sounds really good on this song. This song is more pop than anything else and probably a good end to the album, finishing off with her usual style. Her voice is again put on to match that pop sound. I think she does sound good like this though because it goes well with the music. When I heard Justin and Britney were merging on a track on her album I expected it to be romantic but this is so the opposite, its up tempo and has a dance beat to it. It is done in the style of Crazy. The beats are really good on this song and I think it is an ideal finish to the album as it is made in her normal style. A well-produced track. 6/10 ~BONUS TRACKS~ I RUN AWAY 4:03 This song is quite slow with good beats. The song focuses more on Britney’s voice than anything else, which is good, as most songs on this album don’t really do that. The song is slow with a relaxing and casual feel to it. The tune of the song is also quite nice. I think this song is quite nice to listen but it does have a bit of a haunting vibe to it, similar to the one on not a girl. Personally I think Britney’s voice sounds really good on this song as it shows her v
                      oice is good more than anything. What I like most about this song is the fact that it’s kept simple without any overtaking beats. The music is nice in the background and just stays simple like her voice itself on this track. The lyrics on this song are quite different and worth listening out for. I personally think this song doesn’t really stand out like some other tracks, as it isn’t as original as some of the other songs on the album. It is still a nice soft song and if you like ballads I am sure you’ll this. Ballad fans will not be disappointed. 7/10 BEFORE THE GOODBYE 3:50 This song has definitely been r’n’b influenced. Britney sings pretty fast on this song. The song in general is pretty slow but the way she sings definitely speeds the song up quite a bit. This song is a slow ballad mixed with R’n’b and garage influences and I think the way they all come together sounds ok but at some points of the song the whole sound just clashes a bit. The mid tempo song can get quite repetitive after a while and truthfully I can imagine why it’s only a bonus track. The way the chorus is sang, for some reason it really reminds me of the Eurovision song contest. This song would probably take the cake if entered. The techno beats are exactly like those found in any cheesy Eurovision song. I think the song starts off really well in a N-sync – gone kind of way. It sounds promising at first but the cheesy sound that is found later on ruins the song quite a bit. I think it would have been much better if the techno sound were toned a bit; the ballad and R’n’b elements were absolutely fine. Britney sounds pretty different on this track as she is singing quite fast, I think it doesn’t really sound that good. Overall I think this song is totally average and ruined, as it sounds too cheesy with the Eurovision thing its got going on. 3/10 ~~ADVANTAGES~~ I guess the advan
                      tages for this album are that there were good producers behind it and that Britney is trying out a new style with her music which I think is necessary if she wants to survive in the music business. Also some of the songs are quite original which is good. ~~DISADVANTAGES~~ A major disadvantage for this album is the length of most songs. They are quite short and I think they should have been longer. Also I think that some songs on the album are just too average and are just there as fillers. A lot of the songs lack originality and get very repetitive. ~~OVERALL~~ Overall I think this album isn’t too bad. I think it is worth listening to, if you’re a Britney fan you won’t be disappointed. It’s got a different style to it compared to her previous releases but there are elements on this album to keep her fan base happy and also attract new fans. I think this change of style should help her succeed in the long run. Overall I have to say I wasn’t really disappointed with this as it really is ok. I haven’t listened to it since though, I just haven’t the motivation, would much rather stick to Alicia Keys, which I had to buy myself! :P (`*•.¸(`*•.¸¸.•*')¸.•*')® «°'¨`•.°BabyGirl°.•'¨`°» (°¸∆.•''(¸.•'''•.¸)`' •.∆¸°)

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                        I am not exactly what you might call a Britney fan, however, when i was given this CD, i was pleasantly surprised. Britney's musical style has developed and her album contains a more mature style, with occasionally an RnB style, with help from producers such as The Neptunes. The album kicks off with her first single from the album, 'Im a slave 4 u', and continues with songs such as Cinderella (undoubtedly one of the best songs on the album). The cd has a wide variety of styles, ranging from her trademark catchy bubblegum pop, to more RnB sounding music and dance tracks, in particular, 'Before the goodbye'. Buy it if you like variety, you dont need to like Britney.

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                        Britney Spears latest self-titled album surprised me when I first heard it. I was expecting the usual easy listening unoriginal pop beat, but instead I got a fresh new sound and a pleasant surprise. The album sold 746,000 copies in its first week of release in the USA. The comeback album from Michael Jackson entered straight in at number 1 the week prior to the release of "Britney", which went on to knock it off the top in the first week of it's release. The album has now been officially certified as being Gold, then platinum and now quadruple platinum! The album was released from Jive records, the same company as its predecessors. This album broke records for Britney Spears. It made her the first ever female solo artist to debut at the number 1 spot with her first three albums. On MTV, Britney said, "I wanted to make [Britney] nastier and funkier". I think Britney has done this, by exploring different styles of music, like Rock, pop, soul, and funk. This album is important to Britney because she co-wrote five of the tracks on the album, including "I'm not a girl". The album, the third so far, features the singles "Slave 4U", "Overprotected" and the more pop "I'm Not A Girl". The full track listing is as follows: 1. I'm A Slave 4 U 2. Overprotected 3. Lonely 4. I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman 5. Boys 6. Anticipating 7. I Love Rock 'n' Roll 8. Cinderella 9. Let Me Be 10. Bombastic Love 11. That's Where You Take Me 12. When I Found You 13. Before The Goodbye - BONUS TRACK 14. What It's Like To Be Me I liked the new changed sound; I think this change is a sign of her changing maturity, which she portrays in the song "I'm not a girl". Many of the songs from this album feature in the easygoing movie Crossroads, in which Britney stars. This is a "Chick Flick&
                        quot; with a P.G rating. I like all of the songs on this album; there really isn't any that you need to skip. I particularly like "Cinderella" which is a song about a boy taking Britney for Granted, and has a similar theme to the previous single "Stronger". I also love "Overprotected". This is the one of the most striking songs on the album. "Not since Janet Jackson's "Control" has there been such a danceable declaration of independence from a rising pop star. Be sure to pop the CD into a computer to access the special video feature that previews her upcoming role in the film "Crossroads." The cover version of Joan Jett's classic song, "I love Rock and Roll" is powerful and makes you want to get up and dance. It is a good cover version, a rare quality in today's music business. The album is very enjoyable and I think it will appeal to Britney's existing fan base but I think it will encourage more people to pick up her CD's and have a listen. It has a pop/funky/sharp sound that I really like. I love it! I'm sure you will too! For more information on the album check out www.britneyspears.com, the official Britney website, and click the album link. I would love to know what you think of my improved review and so please level this or make comments on it. Thanks a lot. ***Bright_star***

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                          Now I am no Britney fan, quite the opposite. When I went shopping with my best friend he decided to buy me a copy of Britney’s self titled album. For some very strange reason he thought I actually liked her. He disappeared for five minutes to get it without me noticing. There I was putting on an Oscar worthy performance shouting, “Max, I love it THANK YOU!” when really in my head I was thinking, “why couldn’t he have just bought me Alicia Keys?” Anyway I had heard the Neptune’s produced some of this album so I thought why not just listen to it! As I put it on I have to say I was quite surprised! I was actually enjoying it! This album is a fusion of R’n’B and pop. I was quite shocked to hear songs like Slave 4 u and lonely. These songs were definitely not in the usual Britney style. These songs were much more original. If you’re a hard-core Britney fan don’t worry. Britney hasn’t lost her style just yet, she’s just slowly changing it, but it’s not quite vanished yet. Britney is growing out of that bubblegum pop phase and notably, so are her fans so isn’t it just natural to let the music grow with her. Well I think that’s what Britney’s trying to do. With her first album Britney was 100% pure pop. It was an album pre-teen girls loved to listen to, something they could relate to. The second album was somewhat more mature than the debut. Britney then claimed this album was a totally different approach to pop music and was definitely more mature than her previous releases. I think that is true to some extent, some songs are notably more mature than her previous releases. Britney Spears isn’t exactly a singer who is taken seriously because her music is mostly bubblegum pop but with this album you can feel the attitude and the fact that she wants her music to change and be taken seriously. I honestly wouldn’t pu
                          rchase any of her CD’s but I do have to admit to purchasing baby one more time when it first came out! Her music doesn’t really appeal to me and the fact that I instantly dismiss her, as a bubblegum pop princess doesn’t really help. I think that title might change after she has released a few more albums. Some of the more R’n’b influenced tracks do appeal to me including Slave 4 u. some of the tracks are produced by Rodney 'Dark Child' Jerkins and The Neptune’s which just goes to show she really is trying to mature her sound and try out the R’n’b flavour. I think it is about time she tried out more sounds instead of sticking to her pop roots although I think she should keep the pop sound as it suits her more than anything else. Personally I don’t think Britney has that good a voice. I was watching a show about her childhood on VH1 and her voice was simply stunning when she was 10. Somehow that special something in her voice is no longer there, in my opinion anyway. ~~THE TRACKS~~ I’M A SLAVE 4 U 3:36 The album starts off with this very funky tune. First time I heard this I instantly loved it. I usually hate all things Britney but I was proud to admit that I adored this song. It is so original and definitely does not have that Britney style to it. I would say it’s more R’n’b. The rhythm of the song is really good; it’s very catchy and has such an addictive beat. The beat is really good on this track, definitely one of the strong points of the song. I think this is one of the most original Britney songs I have ever heard, it’s totally different and doesn’t have those usual ‘Britney beats’. I was really surprised to see Britney singing a song like this but I have to admit it suits her a lot. Instead of singing though Britney seems to whisper sexily. Well that’s the theme of the song as obviously she&
                          #8217;s telling a certain guy she’s a slave for him. I don’t think this song did as well as it could have, it just vanished out of the charts but I seriously think it deserved a much higher chart position. Also how Britney stays in tune on this song just baffles me. Especially when she says ‘slaaaaaaaave’ how does she do that?! The bubblegum pop princess works really well with this kind of music and I think her voice sounds really good on it too. The lyrics may get a little repetitive but I think the music and beats make up for that. The video for this song is pretty weird, just shows Britney dancing in front of a gang of friends oh and that guy. I personally think the video could have been much better, I expected it to be in the jungle or something, or similar to her MTV awards performance. Anyway this really is one sexy track. 9/10 OVERPROTECTED 3:19 I hated this song the first time I heard it but it slowly grew on me like everything else on this album. The song has quite a slow intro with her saying she needs ‘time’ ‘love’ ‘joy’ etc. I think this song sounds more Britney than anything else. It has similarities to some of her previous releases. I think the tune of the song is good and is probably the best part of it. There isn’t anything really original about this song but it’s still good to listen to in my opinion. I personally think this was released as the second single because it was pure Britney. With slave 4 u, that was original and different and maybe her record company were afraid the public weren’t happy with the so called change of style and decided to throw a very average, normal song into the charts. I’m not saying this song totally sucks but it lacks the originality slave 4 u had. It still is a song worth listening to. The video is pretty lame. It just shows Britney in some warehouse dancing (as usual) but there is absolutely nothing new and origina
                          l about the video. The meaning of this song is pretty obvious, Britney is just saying she doesn’t need to be overprotected and needs to be treated like an adult instead of a child. Also she’s fed up of people telling her to be someone else but her. 7/10 LONELY 3:20 This song is a mixture of pop and R’n’b. the main sound is definitely pop but the influence is definitely R’n’b. the chorus also has a bit of a rock edge to it which just makes this song a fusion of loads of different sounds. The song starts instantly without a boring intro. It’s a fast song with really heavy beats. I think Britney is trying to sound sexy on this track as instead of singing she is talking but in sexy way if you know what I mean. At first I kind of had a hard time believing this was Britney, it sounds nothing like her. The whole sound of the song is so not her but the song is quite decent. One bad point of the song is that it gets really repetitive after a while. The rock influence on the chorus can get quite irritating as it kind of clashes with the other sound’s of the song. I definitely think this song was meant to be apart of her new image and it definitely goes with it but I kind of think this song is quite average and very repetitive. If you don’t like it at first I’m quite sure it’ll grow on you, as for Britney fans liking it, I really am not sure. It really depends if your open minded when it comes to music. The sound is definitely not her but be glad she is trying out a new sound. 6/10 I'M NOT A GIRL, NOT YET A WOMAN 3:51 When I first heard that Dido was writing a song for Britney I thought wow, Britney doing the Dido style should be pretty cool right? Well let’s just say first time I heard this I thought this song is too plain and too boring. It’s the only ballad on the album and also the song for her debut movie ‘Crossroads’. At first I thought th
                          is song lacked something and then I realised this song just doesn’t flow that easily. I personally think it needs Dido’s haunting lyrics to keep it going. Britney’s voice sounds good on this single, but I personally think Dido could have worked this song much better. I think Britney does sound really ‘grown up’ on this song and just proves that her voice has matured. This song will probably end up growing on you because it has quite an emotional, sweet side to it, which you will probably end up liking. The song starts off on quite a haunting note. But it’s a soft, quiet song, which you can probably relate to. The meaning of the song is pretty obvious. She’s trying to point out that she’s no longer a girl but not quite a woman either and needs time on her own to grow out of being in between. Probably something most girls will relate to. When you listen to it, the lyrics to stand out quite a bit. I think this is probably the best song on the album – lyrically. Dido has written a beautiful song here. You will have noticed by now that this is Britney’s latest release. 8/10 BOYS 3:28 From such a soft and lovely ballad you come to this. I don’t think that goes very well but hey. This song is probably made in the same style as ‘Slave 4 u’. Instead of singing Britney seems to talk more. Also she does quite a bit of giggling in the song, I would imagine because of the sexual nature of the song. The beat of the song is ok but I personally feel like this song is quite hard to get into. There is nothing special about this song; it’s just an average track on the album. The Neptune’s who also produced Slave 4 u produced it but I think that is much better than this track. It is still a well-produced track but I think the beats aren’t as good and Britney should have done more singing on this track instead of so much talking and whispering. Sometimes it is quite diffic
                          ult to actually to hear Britney as she is whispering quietly. The beats are probably the loudest thing on the whole song. The meaning of the song is just Britney spotting a hot looking guy and telling him he’s sexy and how a girl needs a boy. There is one line in the song that sticks out for being quite saucy. “You're a sexy guy, I'm a nice Girl Let's turn this dance floor into our own little nasty world!” I guess from that one line you’ll get what this song is about. 5/10 ANTICIPATING 3:16 Don’t take the piss out of me. But I really like this song. This song is pure pop and shiny happy music. I contradict myself by saying I actually like this but then again my music style changes by the minute. This song is so pop, it just reminds me of having fun with your friends, and I know that sounds silly but this song should be a summer anthem. This song would not be out of place in the 70’s; it just has that 70’s vibe going on. A very retro song that is just pure fun. At first when I heard this song I did think it must have been a joke because it stood out on the album so much not because its absolutely brilliant but because it kind of clashes with everything else on the album. It instantly starts off with a fun catchy beat with no slow intro. This song does seem a bit out of place on the album though, because this song is not mature at all so if Britney wants all maturity this song was where she went wrong but still a good song that should keep her fan base happy. This song just puts a smile on my face, I don’t know why. Usually I would dismiss this type of song as crappy pop but the fun sound of the song just makes you love it. The song is about her and her friends going out to have a good time. She happens to spot someone she likes. That’s is oh and that she’ll be anticipating! 7/10 I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL 3:06 This is a pop makeover of the Joan Jett c
                          lassic I love rock ‘n’ roll. Personally I think this song starts off on a bit of a geeky note as when Britney says ‘Hey, is this thing on?” (Referring to the microphone) she sounds like a 10-year-old girl. After that though the guitar comes in which gives the song a ‘rock’ edge. When Britney starts to sing her voice sounds a lot better and I think it does match the heavy beats and guitar. This song is more pop than rock though but still she makes it her song. I think her voice suits the so-called rock sound and she sounds quite good on this track. The beats on this track are very loud and definitely stand out but the basic sound is still pop. When I first heard this track I must admit I dismissed it as a filler because there was nothing really interesting or special about this song. I personally think this song is one of those tracks that slowly grow on you after you hear it so many times. The sound is a bit too pop in my opinion, the rock element is still there but I think they should have used more of it to make the song a lot more interesting. There have been quite a few cover versions of this song but to me this one just doesn’t really stand out. It’s too average. 5/10 CINDERELLA 3:39 This song starts off on a very Cinderella type sound. I can’t really explain it but it’s what you would expect a song about Cinderella to sound like. This song sounds a lot like songs from her previous albums with those trademark Britney beats. This song is quite a hard pop song, it’s not bubblegum pop but much harder. It does sound like her older tracks but with a new flavour and twist. I don’t think its anything special and would class it as a filler. The way Britney sings on this track you can tell she’s putting the voice on just like on her other tracks such as baby one more time and crazy. I would think this is one of the weaker songs on the album, as it’s not got anything n
                          ew and original about it. The song gets very repetitive and I don’t think Britney’s voice sounds very good on this track either. She sings quite loudly as it’s meant to be a hard song but I don’t think it goes well with the music. I think if Britney does become unpopular with her ‘new sound’ I think this might be released to keep her fans happy but I don’t think its worthy of a single release. I do know a lot of Britney fans who love this song and do think it should be released. It sounds more like Steps to me though. This song is done in the style of Britney pop so if you’re a fan of her first two albums I’m sure you’ll love this. 5/10 LET ME BE 2:51 This song starts off on quite a soft note and I think it sounds good the way it starts. This song is more pop than anything else but with a more mature approach. I think the song has sounds of different genres as well, which gives the song a bit of an edge. It’s quite a slow song, which in my opinion flows really easily. This track was produced by Dark child but isn’t in his usual taste; it has got a slight R’n’b touch to it. This song is slow but the way Britney sings it makes it faster and I think that gives the song a really good edge. I think once you get into this song you won’t be able to get it out of your head. This song has that R’n’b element to it so I can imagine several R’n’b singers, singing this song as well. I think this song would be classed as a fast ballad. It’s not slow like most of her ballads but faster. The verses have the soft ballad touch whilst the choruses are much more faster and upbeat. This song doesn’t really stand out at first but I think it will slowly grow on you. The song is basically about Britney asking someone to just let her be and not basically be in her face all the time. In my opinion this song is far too short, it’s only 2:51 lo
                          ng and does end when the song is just getting started, I think this song could be improved by making it longer. 7/10 BOMBASTIC LOVE 3:06 The backing music might sound familiar to you. It’s the music that was featured at the start of the ‘overprotected’ video. The song isn’t brilliant but does have its moments. It’s got a good sound to it and I think the way Britney sings is really good and it meshes well with the beats and music. The way she sings just reminds me of the way she sings on the baby one more time. It really sounds as though she is putting on the voice to get that pop sound. The way the song starts out you would think it would be a slow song but it is quite the opposite. The catchiest part of the song is definitely the chorus as it the bit you can sing to. This song is definitely more pop and is quite upbeat. The bit in the song where she slows down and tried to sound sexy sounds quite unoriginal as she seems to do that in most of her songs these days. She sounds very angry on this song but the lyrics are quite the opposite. The song is about how a love can be so bombastic and how she is just made for one guy and that they should always be together. I guess the lyrics don’t really go well with the angry voice. Overall I think this song is not that good, a bit too average. I think pop lovers will love it, and it has that Britney touch to it so I’m sure her fans will love it. 5/10 THAT’S WHERE YOU TAKE ME 3:32 This song is a ballad with a fast edge to it. I think the intro sounds childish for some reason but in a good way! This song has a really nice feel to it and has a good sound to it. This is one of my favourite songs on the album because it’s got a really soft sound to it but when the chorus gets going it’s much faster and upbeat. The way the verse and chorus are different goes really well together. Adds two different elements to the song. I think her v
                          oice sounds really good on this song and like not a girl, not yet a woman shows she does have a good singing voice, not just a pop singing voice she has to put on. Her voice is quite loud on this song so you can hear it quite a lot. The backing beats of this song somewhat resemble those on Kandi’s songs. I think the lullaby sound of this song makes it different to all the others and makes it more of a soft chill out song. I like it because it is a really soft song which as nice sweet lyrics to. It’s a nice song to chill out to, as it is quite relaxing. The lyrics of the song are quite sweet as they show where someone you love can take you. It really is a sweet song. I think her pop fans will love it, as it really is a nice song. 8/10 WHEN I FOUND YOU 3:36 I don’t like the way this song starts. It’s a ballad and the annoying backing sound just doesn’t fit together with the slowness of the track. This is a slow and sweet song, it is a nice track but the annoying sound in the background makes the song irritating in my eyes. Other than that the song is ok. Worth listening to if you like Britney doing ballads. I don’t think this song stands out on the album that much though. The sound of the song is too simple and average. I think Britney is probably more known for her up-tempo pop tracks than the slow ballads. Again like on the other ballads Britney’s voice sounds really good on this track and meshes well with the quiet music in the background. The lyrics of the song are quite sweet and emotional just basically talking about love. I think if you like nice lyrics there worth listening out for. I think she also sounds quite nice on this song, as her voice is quiet and kept simple. This ballad has a slight R’n’b edge because of the slow yet R’n’b influenced beats. Overall I think this is a sweet, soft song, which will grow on you after a while, but it does get slightly irritating because
                          of those silly sounds in the background. 5/10 WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ME 2:50 Her boyfriend Justin Timberlake and her choreographer Wade Robson produced this song. In this song you can hear Justin whispering in the background like any other producer would. This song in my opinion is done in the normal Britney manner and has those beats. The tune of this song is quite catchy and I think the beats are really good too. Also the violin sounds really good on this song. This song is more pop than anything else and probably a good end to the album, finishing off with her usual style. Her voice is again put on to match that pop sound. I think she does sound good like this though because it goes well with the music. When I heard Justin and Britney were merging on a track on her album I expected it to be romantic but this is so the opposite, its up tempo and has a dance beat to it. It is done in the style of Crazy. The beats are really good on this song and I think it is an ideal finish to the album as it is made in her normal style. A well-produced track. 6/10 ~BONUS TRACKS~ I RUN AWAY 4:03 This song is quite slow with good beats. The song focuses more on Britney’s voice than anything else, which is good, as most songs on this album don’t really do that. The song is slow with a relaxing and casual feel to it. The tune of the song is also quite nice. I think this song is quite nice to listen but it does have a bit of a haunting vibe to it, similar to the one on not a girl. Personally I think Britney’s voice sounds really good on this song as it shows her voice is good more than anything. What I like most about this song is the fact that it’s kept simple without any overtaking beats. The music is nice in the background and just stays simple like her voice itself on this track. The lyrics on this song are quite different and worth listening out for. I personally think this song doesn’t really sta
                          nd out like some other tracks, as it isn’t as original as some of the other songs on the album. It is still a nice soft song and if you like ballads I am sure you’ll this. Ballad fans will not be disappointed. 7/10 BEFORE THE GOODBYE 3:50 This song has definitely been r’n’b influenced. Britney sings pretty fast on this song. The song in general is pretty slow but the way she sings definitely speeds the song up quite a bit. This song is a slow ballad mixed with R’n’b and garage influences and I think the way they all come together sounds ok but at some points of the song the whole sound just clashes a bit. The mid tempo song can get quite repetitive after a while and truthfully I can imagine why it’s only a bonus track. The way the chorus is sang, for some reason it really reminds me of the Eurovision song contest. This song would probably take the cake if entered. The techno beats are exactly like those found in any cheesy Eurovision song. I think the song starts off really well in a N-sync – gone kind of way. It sounds promising at first but the cheesy sound that is found later on ruins the song quite a bit. I think it would have been much better if the techno sound were toned a bit; the ballad and R’n’b elements were absolutely fine. Britney sounds pretty different on this track as she is singing quite fast, I think it doesn’t really sound that good. Overall I think this song is totally average and ruined, as it sounds too cheesy with the Eurovision thing its got going on. 3/10 ~~ADVANTAGES~~ I guess the advantages for this album are that there were good producers behind it and that Britney is trying out a new style with her music which I think is necessary if she wants to survive in the music business. Also some of the songs are quite original which is good. ~~DISADVANTAGES~~ A major disadvantage for this album is the length of most songs.
                          They are quite short and I think they should have been longer. Also I think that some songs on the album are just too average and are just there as fillers. A lot of the songs lack originality and get very repetitive. ~~OVERALL~~ Overall I think this album isn’t too bad. I think it is worth listening to, if you’re a Britney fan you wont be disappointed. It’s got a different style to it compared to her previous releases but there are elements on this album to keep her fan base happy and also attract new fans. I think this change of style should help her succeed in the long run. Overall I have to say I wasn’t really disappointed with this as it really is ok. I haven’t listened to it since though, I just haven’t the motivation, would much rather stick to Alicia Keys, which I had to buy myself! :P (`*·.¸(`*·.¸¸.·*')¸.·*')® «°'¨`·.°BabyGirl°.·'¨`°» (°¸∆.·''(¸.·'''·.¸)`' ·.∆¸°)

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                            Like the first and second albums from the pop princess, Britney's third album, simply called 'Britney' is full of catchy, sing-a-long songs. Britney never fails to keep up the good work, producing hit after hit. This album is defiantly a fun summer album. it has been the perfect background sound for my life, whether its driving to school, or doing various essays for my a-levels, 'Britney' never fails to keep me in a good mood. This is the kind of album that after listening to it once, you just can't stop listening to it. The songs are very catchy and you will soon find yourself knowing all the words and singing along at the top of your voice (this is most embarrassing while driving through town with the windows open!). There is the usual mix of up beat pop tunes, and mellow love ballads, but all seem to be up to Brit's usual standard. My favourites would have to be the classic 'I love rock 'n' roll', which Britney personalises with her own style, and her hit single 'Overprotected' which after hearing (probably) over 100 times still gets me singing and dancing. This album is definitely the best yet from Britney, which I will continue to listen to over again. I strongly recommend 'Britney' to any pop lover; this is a fun summer album with a whole lot of Britney attitude!

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                              I will start straight off saying that I would not class myself as a fan of Britney Spears, but in the name of fairness I like to listen to lots of different types of music, and when something surprises me, as this album does, I feel the urge to write about it. This is also the first album I have listened to by Britney, so maybe I have missed the boat completely, because I have read many opinions who think that this album is poor and that maybe she has had her day, as compared to her two other albums this is not a patch. The opening track sees a change in style for Britney, and the video for 'Slave 4U' was certainly more provocative than anything we had seen from her before. It is quite hard to define this song, as it is still very much pop but there is a certain something else in there which makes it a good song. 'Overprotected' carries on the feeling that Britney feels she is maturing and needs to break out the teenypop genre which has proved so successful for her. It is also rumoured that this song is a dig at her father who rarely lets her out of his sight, telling her to act a certain way, and she is starting to find it very hard to deal with. The lyrics may show a more mature Britney, but the song reverts back to the tried and tested pop tune with a catchy chorus. It is featured on the soundtrack of her debut movie, which I will talk about in a moment. 'Lonely' has a harder edge than other Britney tracks I have heard, and she has a small rap section in the middle of the song, which coupled with some great guitars makes this a winner for me. Her voice sounds much stronger and has a slight R&B feel to it, which sounds great. I can imagine that this would go down well in a lot of clubs.As most of you know, Britney has predictably ventured in the field of movies, and her debut release 'Crossroads' has been met with mixed reactions. 'I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman' is taken from the soundtrack of this f
                              ilm, and it is as sickly a ballad as you are likely to hear. From this song I guessed that the film was about coming of age, and it is just too sickly for me. It is probably the only track that I want to skip, and it has not seen much success in the charts either, which is surprising as Dido was involved in the writing process. The beginning of 'Boys' sounds very much like 'Slave 4U', but it is does not match the opener because lyrically it is just very empty. 'Anticipating' is a great disco influenced track. It is a boppy pop number, with a couple of catchy hooks, and it is one which will sound great on summer days. 'I Love Rock And Roll' is a cover of the classic Joan Jett track, which is a favourite song of mine, so when I saw it on the track listing my heart sunk. There is good and bad about this song. The good is that Britney performs it really well, and she adapts her voice brilliantly, but the bad is that her backing singers are terrible, and they ruin the whole song by ranting out of tune. 'Cinderella' is pure unadulterated pop based on the tale of Cinderella. 'Let Me Be' is slower track where Britney's voice sounds very breathy, and all about someone who won't leave her alone as they don't believe she will manage without them. 'Bombastic Love' goes back to the Britney of old, where the lyrics rhyme and she sings about falling in love for the first time backed by a very innocent pop tune, which does not offend but is instantly forgettable. 'That's Where You Take Me' is what I class as American pop, and she sounds very much like 80's teen sensation Debbie Gibson. 'When I Found You' is a nice ballad, where Britney sings about finding the person she has looked for all her life.'Before The Goodbye' is an up tempo ballad to start with, but then it starts to get a little bit harder, turning into a dance orientated track with some excellen
                              t lyrics to strengthen it. It has a strong bassline, and I am sure if she released this as a single it would do very well, and may gain her some new fans. 'What It's Like To Be Me' was written by ex boyfriend Justin Timberlake, and you can tell as it sounds very much like every track that N Sync have released. Justin's vocals also feature on the track, and at first I was not keen, but by the middle I was hooked, and it is a shame that this track has been left until last. I think this has been a hard album for Britney because she has grown up and had to start dealing with difficult issues, but I think this is a strong album, and one that I will listen to again. Give her a chance, you never know, like me you may be surprised.

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                              Disc #1 Tracklisting
                              1 I'm a Slave 4 U
                              2 Overprotected
                              3 Lonely
                              4 I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
                              5 Boys
                              6 Anticipating
                              7 I Love Rock 'n' Roll
                              8 Cinderella
                              9 Let Me Be
                              10 Bombastic Love
                              11 That's Where You Take Me
                              12 What It's Like to Be Me