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Genre: Pop / Artist: Britney Spears / Audio CD released 2011-03-28 at Jive records

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      26.04.2012 18:48
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      Three years after Britney's true comeback record "Circus", she is back with new album "Femme Fatale", featuring a highly auto tuned and addictive sound, after hearing her snippets. It's the kind that you can't get out of your head! I wonder if the full songs will be as good!

      ~~~ALBUM COVER~~~
      The cover of her album is one of her best yet- very simple and stylish. Undeniably, she looks really pretty and soft, though a little dead in the eyes. With an album title named "Femme Fatale", I personally would've expected something darker and slightly stronger, but perhaps that will come through in her fierce music.

      ~~~TRACK LIST~~~
      The album contains twelve songs with the deluxe edition containing four bonus tracks:

      1. Till the World Ends 4.5/5
      The second single penned by autotune princess Ke$ha is a catchy offering, especially the repetitions in the pre-chorus and chorus. The "oh-oh-oh-oh-ohs" are addictive stuff! I've never been a fan of lyrics in Britney's songs, they just seem so shallow and superficial, but the line "see the sunlight, we ain't stopping, keep on dancing till the world ends" is pretty good- well done Ke$ha!

      2. Hold It Against Me 4/5
      Lead single "Hold It against Me" has a heavy beat which keeps you addicted throughout, but this is where the silly lyrics ruin the song. She sings "You feel like paradise and I need a vacation tonight" which is not something anyone would ever sing in a decent song. That said, this track has everything it needs musically to be a hit (and it is), I just can't get past that one line hence the 4/5.

      3. Inside Out 4.5/5
      As a softer song, 'Inside Out' is reminiscent of her 2001-2003 era of 'Toxic', 'Bombastic Love' and 'Overprotected', arguably the sound she achieved at the height of her career. This song is definitely less autotuned, which is the Britney I personally prefer, making this one of the better tracks for me.

      4. I Wanna Go 5/5
      One of the catchiest tracks on the record, I was hooked since hearing the snippet, and this song definitely doesn't disappoint. The chorus just gives you a "club with strobe lighting" feel, whilst the verse is slightly more raw and this contrast makes this the best song on the record and hopefully a future single.

      5. How I Roll 2.5/5
      The breathing sounds that start this song and the chant of a verse which ends with autotune craziness is like Britney is possessed by Ke$ha or something. I am completely turned off by the first twenty seconds or so but it does get catchier. Then the breathing sounds return and I have to skip it. This isn't a bad song, but just not my type, though it is addictive in some parts.

      6. (Drop Dead) Beautiful (ft. Sabi) 3.5/5
      The album is back on track with (Drop Dead) Beautiful which at first sounds like 2003 era Britney then launches into Lady Gaga territory with the "Drop Dead, Beautiful" repetitions in the chorus which remind me of "Beautiful Dirty Rich". Sabi (who is she?) comes in at just over two minutes with some rap which personally this song does not need and I would prefer it not to have. This is a good song, but not the best, again mighty catchy!

      7. Seal It With A Kiss 4/5
      The "o-oo-ooh" at the beginning threw me off a bit, I was thinking "Is this still Britney?" but the catchy stuff comes in and dominates. Another very catchy song with variation provided by the "o-oo-ooh" that returns in the chorus, though doesn't stand out in this album.

      8. Big Fat Bass (ft. Will.I.Am) 1/5
      The worst song on the album features Black Eyed Peas front man Will.I.Am who repeats "Big Fat Bass" at the beginning for far too long, though obviously this is targeted at club goers. The Britney parts don't even sound like Britney, and I can see Fergie singing this far better. Britney, next time, don't take BEP scraps. At first when I first saw this I read it as "Big Fat Ass" LOL, which this might as well be. NEXT.

      9. Trouble For Me 3/5
      Another club hit, the annoying beginning (what is that called? Dub step?) turned me off, but the rest of this song is actually phenomenal. If only those stupid intro things aren't so dispersed into this track!! I cannot stand them which is such a shame, this would've done better without them anyway and there are far too many club tunes in this record, it is overkill.

      10. Trip to Your Heart 3.5/5
      Yet another club track; the intro gives a "club green laser" atmosphere. This is far more listenable than 'Trouble for Me' but the sound of it isn't as catchy. The lyrics aren't bad here, but I personally would've liked this to be a ballad as this is all just auto tune club stuff which I'm not into, so again, wasted potential.

      11. Gasoline 4.5/5
      Britney is back on the 11th track of the record, this time 'Gasoline' has more of a 'Circus' sound which I really liked. Another upbeat catchy track which isn't overly clubby. The lyrics are a bit superficial but I'm so happy it isn't the regurgitation of club that it will suffice.

      12. Criminal 5/5
      Another misleadingly weird intro which turns into a stunning song. This album ends with a BANG thanks to Criminal which is thankfully not heavy in beat. A catchy tune with darker themes which this whole album should've been about.

      Bonus Tracks on Deluxe Edition:
      13. Up n' Down
      14. He About to Lose Me
      15. Selfish
      16. Don't Keep Me Waiting

      SONGS TO LOVE: Till The World Ends, Inside Out, I Wanna Go, Gasoline, Criminal
      SONGS TO SKIP: How I Roll, Big Fat Bass

      ~~~PRICE~~~
      The album can be purchased for under £10 online.

      ~~~OVERALL~~~
      With a name like 'Femme Fatale', this album really should showcase Britney's fearlessness, strength and evoke a darker theme to 'Circus'.

      Unfortunately it seems like every song on this record was intended to be used by any club in the world and some tracks are just overkill of typical club sounds (Big Fat Bass, Trouble For Me, Trip to Your Heart), rendering this album uneasy for those that liked 'Circus' Britney or expected a pop/dance sound, as this record has no other label than CLUB, written, stamped and etched all over it.

      Luckily, 'Circus' and 2003 Britney (at her best) tries to break through in several stand out tracks 'Inside Out', 'I Wanna Go' and 'Gasoline'. My favourite track on the record has to be 'Criminal' as I feel this song not only showcases Britney's vocal ability, reflects the genre she is best at (pop/dance) and sums up this album fantastically, both in theme and name.

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      06.04.2012 15:18
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      Britney's 7th album.

      I don't think I really have a favourite Britney album, although I love Britney and Circus. I thought Blackout was my favourite album, but when I listened to In The Zone it made me feel unsure. She's often praised for overcoming some strong mental breakdowns as well as being a great entertainer, but is often criticized for the use of vocal editors and lip syncing in performances. She often gets compared to every female artist around.

      She's also a trend setter, if Britney goes on an R&B route, then for sure others will follow. Other artists followed her music trends as if she was Jesus Christ. I think people were hoping that she wouldn't go for the club and electronic style for this album because it will make other people follow. I know there's some people who are sick of electronic abuse in chart music.

      Sadly for those people, Femme Fatele is a dance record with influences from dupstep, techno and trance. That means that there will more of this electronic music to come. On the other hand it's a consistent album with a variety of electronic styles but doesn't do much outside of electronic genres. Those expecting it to sound like other albums from Britney might be disapointed. It's clearly obvious that it's clubs that are the album's target audience and it will please that audience well. This isn't always a good thing though because Britney has millions of fans and not all of them will be a fan of club music so they may feel a bit cold with this record.

      Britney has been very enthusastic and the record highlights her passion for club music which has been recongised by many of her peers. Some state that she's like a child in a sweet shop in the studio. I think it's mainly how she treats her fans and peers is one of the main reasons why she's still very successful.

      The album opens with a bang with Dance Until The World Ends. I'm personally not too keen on it that much, but I do like the remixed version which included Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj. I wish they included that remix on the album as a bonus track or something because it sounds really good and Nicki gives it a fresh personality and the chorus complimented Ke$ha's style well and I think it's because Ke$ha wrote the song. It's very $leazy indeed.

      When I was in New York I heard Hold It Against Me a lot of times on the public radios. I didn't quite get it the first few times I heard it but I think it's a pretty unique song that does what it's meant to do: Hype us. It has a lot of build up that goes well with the dupstep influences.

      My favourite song of the album is Criminal. The way the mama is adressed reminds me of some of Bob Barley music. I think it stands out because I think it shows a nice concept of someone in love with a bad boy. It was chosen as a single by fans and I voted for it as a single too because it sounds really organic and fresh sounding. It caused some contraversy because some people believed it was glamarourising violence.

      Another song that I really loved from the album is Up n Down because I think it's very catchy and fun. It's something I can see on people's ipod and dancing to it in the club or at home when no one is around. I also think the song is very climatic which makes me more attracted to it.

      Thoughout the album the confident vibe continues with the other tracks including collaborations with Sari with (Drop Dead) Beautiful and Will.I.Am with the Big Fat Bass. I do think at times they go over the top with the auto tune and I don't think it was really needed. One of my favourite lyrics of this song is "I have nine lives like a kitty cat," and the way they sing it is just amusing.

      When I listen to this album it makes me feel energised because the music is so thunderous and has a strong club atmosphere. If this sounds like a record you like or if you've liked Britney's music before, than I think you would like this album. I liked this album, although I think it could have been a bit better, but at the same time I like it because I think it's an adorable album. I would reccomend the deluxe version because I think the bonus tracks are awesome. It may not be her best, but for me it's one of her most experimental albums to date.

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        29.03.2012 12:53

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        Britney's most personal album to date

        I bought this album as soon as it came out as I am a huge Britney fan. I own all of her albums now.

        I would describe this album as a pop album with an electro pop sound. It sounds really fresh and funky and completely different from what Britney has released so far. I would say that the album is quite mature sounding, it's not anywhere near the "cheesy pop" sound that Britney has previously released. I enjoyed this album the first time that I heard it. It sounds really fresh, really funky and really modern. As Britney herself has co wrote a few of the tracks it's personal to her. It is perhaps her most personal album to date. Vocal wise, her vocals are good on this album but not great. I don't class Britney as a "great" singer, purely because she's not in the same class as Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. However, she doesn't sound terrible.

        The album contains the single "Hold It Against Me", which is more of a pop song than an electro pop song. The song is very mature sounding and uplifting. It has a great background beat and it's actually really addictive. Britney's vocals are good, although she keeps at the same vocal level throughout. I like the sound of the chorus and the song itself is actually rather impressive. The single "Criminal" is also on this album. Again, this is a pop song with an RnB edge. I do like this song and it fits in with the music of today.

        The album does have a couple of fillers but the majority of the album is fantastic. I like her new sound. There's a mixture of both upbeat songs and ballads. An album for everyone.

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        13.01.2012 20:57
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        I think that Britney fans will like this.

        Britney Spears is basically a household name, everyone has heard of her (if not her music, there have definitely been a number of scandals around her name), she started her career as a child on The Mickey Mouse club, where she met Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake.
        Since then she has had a lot of success in the music industry, she has had seven studio albums including her most recent Femme Fatale in 2011.

        Femme Fetale has 12 tracks on it, here is a list of the tracks:
        1. Till The World Ends
        2. Hold It Against Me
        3. Inside Out
        4. I Wanna Go
        5. How I Go
        6. (Drop Dead) Beautiful ft Sabi
        7. Seal It With A Kiss
        8. Big Fat Bass ft. Will.i.am
        9. Trouble for Me
        10. Trip To Your Heart
        11. Gasoline
        12. Criminal

        Here is some of my favourite tracks on the album:
        Till The World Ends
        This is a song confident and sexy song about having that party feeling and just wanting to dance forever or 'till the world ends'. It is a real feel good and upbeat song and a great way to start the album off.

        Hold It Against Me
        This is another confident and sexy song about being picking someone up at the club, this song has a really cool beat to it and a real dance feel to it. It is my favourite track on the album and worth a listen.

        Big Fat Bass ft. Will.i.am
        This song is quite electronic pop and club like, it seems to have more of Will.i.am's style to it and is like electro-pop, this is a really funky song and is great for getting ready for a night out dancing.

        I Wanna Go
        Another fun, sexy song with an electronic pop dance feeling to it, this song is easily digested and fun to put on when you are in the mood for a bit of partying.

        The Rest of The Album
        This album seems to have a more modern dance kind of feel to it compared to music that I would normally relate to Britney, I really enjoyed this album from start to finish and wouldn't say there are any bad tracks on it at all, although there are some of course that are better than others, the album overall is quite easy listening and good to pop into the car for a little background driving music or keep handy for when you are getting ready for a night out.

        Price and Availability
        You can pick this album up in HMV or any of the supermarkets or online, I got mine in HMV for around £8 which isn't too bad of a price as there are lots of great songs on it and I have got quite a bit of listening out of it.

        Overall
        Overall I think that this is a great album with a electronic pop kind of feeling to it, there are lots of great songs on it and it isn't priced to badly either, I wouldn't say this is my favourite Britney Spears album (Circus was my favourite) but it was still a great buy and I listen to it quite a lot, especially when I am getting ready for a night out.

        *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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          21.11.2011 22:42
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          The 7th studio album from Britney - and its a stomper!

          *WHAT IS THIS?*
          Well I haven't been around for a while but I couldn't not review a Britney album, could I?

          BRITNEY SPEARS - well what to say about her that hasn't already been said a million times? Singer, dancer, entertainer, sometime writer and now mother, Britney is back with her seventh full studio album, and it seemed a looong wait for fans who were ecstatic at the success of Circus, her last album and one of the most spectacular comebacks of all time following her well documented breakdown.
          Without the comeback hype, without the crazy that fuelled the most exciting moments of Blackout, and now pushing 30, can Britney do it again?

          *BACKGROUND*
          To help craft the album, team Britney has drafted in current superproducer and hitmaker extraordinaire Dr Luke to produce, alongside longtime Britney collaborator Max Martin, writer of most of her biggest hits. They promised a fresh, unique, dance sound, did they pull it off?

          *TRACKLISTING*
          1. Till the world ends
          2. Hold it against me
          3. Inside out
          4. I wanna go
          5. How I roll
          6. (Drop dead) Beautiful
          7. Seal it with a kiss
          8. Big fat bass
          9. Trouble for me
          10. Trip to your heart
          11. Gasoline
          12. Criminal

          BONUS EDITION
          13. Up'n'Down
          14. He about to lose me
          15. Selfish
          16. Don't keep me waiting

          *TRACK BY TRACK GUIDE*
          Till the world ends

          Written by Kesha of 'Tik Tok' fame, this follows her general pattern of stuttery dance pop songs with a sexy breathy Britney twist. The trademark Britney voice sounds amazing here, the melody is fantastic, the vibe is that of a euphoric party song and the chanty chorus sounds almost like a football anthem. A great choice for second single. 10/10
          'See the sunlight, we aint stoppin, keep on dancin til the world ends'

          Hold it against me
          The first single and record breaking US number 1 hit. What should have been a fairly standard Dr Luke pop song is given a twist by newcomer Billboard, who adds a grimey UK influence dubstep breakdown leading into hard house style beats on the last chorus. Silly double entendre hook is of course standard. 10/10

          'If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me?'
          Inside out

          Slowed down a bit for a dubstep/garage influenced midtempo that in my opinion ranks amongst Britney's best. The song describes a somewhat saucy breakup and the entire atmosphere of the song is sublime. 9/10
          'Won't you give me something to remember, baby shut your mouth and turn me inside out'

          I Wanna Go
          The first of the Max Martin songs, and rounding off what I consider to be the best four song run on any pop album, ever. These four songs are simply incredible. This is another stuttery dance song not dislike tracks 1 and 2, but with a summery Bob Sinclair whistling and generally happy, smiley vibe. Again, the beats are slick, the vocals full of character (and autotune) and hooks fly around everywhere. 9/10

          'I I I wanna go o o all the way ay ay taking out my freak tonight'
          How I Roll

          Bloodshy and Avant turn up, another Britney dream team from the past responsible for Toxic, Piece of Me and Radar, amongst others. This song differs from those before in being less of a party/club song and more of a summery driving tune, almost nursery rhyme like in structure and melody but the lyrics have serious attitude. Lots of fun, quirky, but maybe not to everyones taste. 8/10
          'I wanna rock downtown where my posse's at, because I got nine lives like a kitty cat, you wanna roll, thats how i roll'

          (Drop Dead) Beautiful
          Filler material for me, but it says a lot for the quality of this album that even this is listenable with great hooks. It's let down by being slightly more formulaic pop, too many vocal effects used on Britney so she just sounds overly nasal, and then the utterly pointless and lame rap from nobody Sabi, who deserves to stay in obscurity for the line 'steaming like a pot full of vegetables.' 6/10

          'Look at you, be my sweetie be my honey tonight, cause you're beautiful, drop dead.'
          Seal it with a kiss

          This one is very odd. The song lyrics and melody are very old skool Britney, sweet, melodic, bubblegum pop. It's a strong melody and catchy as hell but it jars slightly with its heavily dubstep driven backing track, which includes a hold it against me style breakdown. 7/10
          'Wanna taste forbidden fruit, and seal it with a kiss, a ooh oooh ooh'

          Big fat bass
          Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas turns up for production and a guest rap on this, which yes, sounds like the B.E.P. It's sort of an early 90s style dance track mixed with Boom Boom Pow, with lame repetetive lyrics and a sort of non event chorus, but something about it is infectious, probably the seriously heavy bass and drum machines which make up the beat. 7/10

          'I can be the treble baby you can be the bass'
          Trouble for me

          My first though hearing this was that it sounds a bit like Wiley's 'Wearing my Rolex' in some places. But more pop of course. Other than the cool grime influences this track is fairly forgettable. 6/10
          'The party aint the same without you, thats why you're so good for everybody else but you're trouble for me'

          Trip to your heart
          GORGEOUS is the only way I can describe this dreamy electro midtempo from B&A. Lovely lyrics, gorgeous breathy vocals, almost like a cousin to Unusual You from the Circus album or Heaven on Earth from Blackout. 9/10

          'Spread my wings out into the dark, i'll fly away on a trip to your heart'
          Gasoline

          Funky Toxic style Britney pop, but not quite as good, obviously. Full of pop hooks but lacking that certain something. 7/10
          'Spark and its like gasoline, my heart only runs on supreme'

          Criminal
          Quite a surprise after the rest of the album being so dancey, the intro to this is played by a flute (yes, a flute, its very medieval sounding) which gives way to the most 'classic' Britney sounding song in years. Ultra poppy, full of melody and strong vocals, this could almost have been a late 90's Backstreet Boys song. And it's gorgeous. 10/10

          Up'n'down
          Super dancey and clubby, not unlike I wanna go but based around an 80s sample which escapes me! Shame to have it relegated to the deluxe edition tracks as it fits really well with the standard album and is easily stronger than a few tracks on there. 8/10

          'I know you want me like kids want candy, so keep watching me go down and up and down.'
          He about to lose me

          A simple pop song but with far deeper and apparently unautotuned vocals from Britney, who sounds fantastic. The song is a little moodier and downbeat from whats gone before. Loses points for bad grammar. 8/10
          'Banging with my ladies in the club and he don't know that he about to lose me'

          Selfish
          Very formulaic dance pop song but fun all the same, doesn't grab you like some of the other songs and could really have been done by anyone. 7/10

          'Boom boom baby pick you up in my mercedes imma be a little selfish'
          Don't keep me waiting

          Er, rock Britney? Heavy drums courtesy of Travis Barker, but overall the song is a little more Kelly Clarkson and a little less Blink 182. Britney sounds like she's having a blast which makes it fun, but being honest, this is poor and easily my least favourite off the album. 6/10.
          *SO NOW LET'S BREAK IT DOWN*

          *Lyrics*
          You won't be impressed if you come for quality or depth of lyrics. They are serviceable for a pop record but lack variety of subject matter (all men and dancing...) sometimes reek of laziness and repetition. The strength of the songs is in their hooks, their production, their melodies and their sometimes very original song structures.

          *Production*
          Britney albums are often a place for producers to shine and here is a brilliant example. The dubstep influence may not sound so fresh to those in the uk but in the US this was a genuinely innovative step forward in pop music, making this record cutting edge. The beats are sharp and danceable, and the songs serve their purpose of entertainment very well. Only complaint is the overuse of autotune when it is unneccessary. Britney isn't that poor a singer and there are many examples to back that up, so why layer it on so thick? Sometimes however, such as in I wanna go, the vocal effects really work to enhance the song.

          * Vocals*
          Quite different to what we've heard from Britney in the last few years. Less breathy sex kitten moments (although they are there) and a generally lighter, higher and poppier vocal reminiscent of her earlier albums. It suits the upbeat, fun dance nature of the record and the attitude, charisma and true uniqueness are all still there in droves.

          *SO WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?'
          Definitely, in terms of being a Britney fan its amongst her best, but what truly makes this one of her career highlights is that, like only Blackout before it, it has the potential to appeal to a much wider audience. Even if you're sure you hate Britney I am positive you can find something to love on here. It's incredibly current, singalong, danceable and has enough hooks to draw anybody in. And the dubstep can lend some cred if you're worried. GREAT JOB BRIT.

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            10.09.2011 10:51
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            A nice enough dance pop record that should keep her fans ticking along

            For the best part of a decade, Britney Spears' career has been dogged by the drama of her life away from the camera and the studio. After a gloriously promising start to her career in 1998 with the ever-irritating Baby...One More Time, Britney has continued to churn out the shiniest pop in the charts. Even through her mental breakdown, her hair shaving antics, and her mime-athons, her brand of pop has remained consistently good. Songs like Toxic and Womanizer have cemented her status as a modern day pop icon. So, now comes along the latest album "Femme Fatale"...

            1. Till The World Ends

            Broken beats open the album with this arm-waving stomper. Courting the listener to get her on the floor, Britney ooh's and oh's as the beat kicks in. This is pop at its best. If the album continues like this, it'll prove to be a real floor-filler. As usual, her slightly tinny voice is processed to within an inch of its life, utilising it as an additional instrument rather than a vocal force.

            2. Hold It Against Me

            Track 2 was the lead single, and is even more thumping than the first track. A trance-lite beat backs up Britney's slightly rawer vocals. When the chorus kicks in without any beat, it lends the song an almost vunlnerable feel. Of course, later on in the song, things almost explode, providing a suitable backdrop to one of the best dance pop songs I've heard in a while.

            3. Inside Out

            Things slow down a little for this slightly RnB flavoured number. With lyrics like "shut your mouth and turn me inside out" and a reference to her hit "One More Time", this is Britney by numbers. The song is pleasant enough, but its not exactly Beyonce or Rihanna. You keep expecting to take it off, in the same vein of the previous track, but it just kinda plods along with its electro-vocals and a weird chorus.

            4. I Wanna Go

            Its back to the dancefloor with this track that borrows heavily from the 80's. The whistling in the background are a nice diversion although the broken vocals in the chorus are more of a distraction. The song is a really good arm waver though, sounding like the sister track to Till The Wold Ends.

            5. How I Roll

            There is an odd opening to this song, sounding like Britney emulating sex noises. It doesn't quite sound right. And this is further enhanced by the male vocal who sounds like he is repeatedly saying "ew". There is an interesting concept to this song, but it just comes off really weird and grotty.

            6. (Drop Dead) Beautiful

            Quoting somebody called Sabi as a guest on the song, this is another slowed up dance track, and when the chorus kicks in, it really is a shoulder shaker. If there is a guest vocalist on the track though, she must be Britney's twin voice, because I couldn't tell the difference. I love the message behind the song though - rather suggesting truthfully that people are attracted to looks rather than personality first of all.

            7. Seal It With A Kiss

            Sounding much like everything that came before, this is only diverted by a more prominent electro synth sound. The chorus is a little more laidback than the other tracks, but it really doesn't go anywhere. This is the weakest of the tracks I've heard o far.

            8. Big Fat Bass

            Another collaboration - this time Black Eyed Peas' Will-I-Am, this sounds, fairly, like it belongs on the Pea's last album. It does fit in on this album though, and is a little cooler than Britney's own numbers. "I Can Be Your Trouble, You can Be My Bass" over and over again does slightly irritate after a while, but I'm sure this is the one that would most appeal to the kids.

            9. Trouble For Me

            "Black Jack, Whiskey Straight" opens this track and lets you know what you're in for. Despite the semi-repetitive beat on the album, I really liked this track. The chorus is a belter, and the lyrics are excellent as well. Pushing the idea that Britney attracts bad boys, something we already know, its put into practice here creating one of the more personal songs on display.

            10. Trip To Your Heart

            More processed vocals, and a thudding dancebeat drag this one along at a snail's pace. The chorus is okay, but it's really too drab a song to do anything. Attempts to sound emotional are only further hindered by how much of her voice is put through a mincer.

            11. Gasoline

            Brilliant song - sounding a little like something that Deee-Lite might have written. "So hot, give me your gasoline" can be taken literally or otherwise, dirty little madam that she is. This is the album's best moment so far, and one that will make my ipod.

            12. Criminal

            Is that a flute playing at the beginning? Bizarre. Britney's token ballad comes in on the last official track. It's as interesting as you would expect and brings the standard edition of the album to a drab close.

            The edition of the album I have also has four bonus tracks. Up N Down is a little dancier than the previous tracks. He About To Lose Me should have been the ballad that replaced Criminal, it is actually one of the better songs not to make the album. Selfish is pleasant but unassuming and Dont Keep Me Waiting has a welcome rockier feel than the rest of the songs, and might have offered a more varied sound to the official album.

            Femme Fatale is the seventh studio album from Britney. By no means ground breaking or envelope pushing, it does provide a generous dollup of upbeat dance and pop tracks and shows once again why, personal issues aside, she is one of the golden girls of pop music. I would recommend this to you girls who might fancy something like this before heading out on town, but it might provide little interest to anybody else.

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            One of the best pop albums of the past two years.

            Sexy and Strong. Dangerous yet mysterious. Cool yet confident. Femme Fatale.

            It has been over two years since Britney Spears released her comeback album, 'Circus', and re-established herself at the top of her field as both a top-selling musician and one of the world's most profitable touring acts. In the longest stint of recording sessions in her career, Britney has delivered what is arguably her highest-quality album to-date. It even rivals that of her critical masterpiece, Blackout, which is frequently regarded as one of the most influential pop records of the past decade. Femme Fatale showcases a darker, grittier dance sound but coated with irresistable pop hooks and glossy vocals. Executively produced by Dr Luke and Max Martin, the album is nothing short of what I expect to be the pop album of the year.

            The album kicks off with the ferocious 'Till the World Ends'. "This kitten got your tongue tied in knots, you see" Britney purrs against the subtle clanking of club-beats. The sizzling production on the verses create an undeniably sexy atmosphere, before launching into the anthemic chorus of "I can't take it take it take no more / Never felt like felt like this before / Come on get me get me on the floor / DJ what you what you waiting for?". There is a repetitive, yet infectious "whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh" hook, which is a cross between a football chant and a number of hits by Ke$ha. The latter, unsurprising, as she holds a writing credit on the track. The song is without a doubt, a fantastic way of setting the mood for the album - highly danceable, and will undeniably be a performance highlight of her upcoming tour.

            The first single from the album, 'Hold It Against Me', is mash-up of several genres. It begins as a standard dance-pop song "Hey, over there/Please forgive me, if I'm coming on too strong", before the surprisingly restrained chorus hits. The synths and beat drops as Britney asks "If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me?". Slowly but surely, the song garners momentum and features a dub-step dance breakdown - sounding grimey and funkier than anything Britney has ever recorded. I love how this song effortlessly combines so many sounds to make a cohesive whole. Artistically, it's one of her most creative on the album. Incredibly catchy and innovative, it's an immediate standout.

            A stuttering beat kicks off 'Inside Out', a mid-tempo, quasi-ballad. The shuddering bass and smacking production quickly distinguish it as one of the most unique songs on the set, with the lyrics digging a little deeper than the preceding two songs. It doesn't deal with partying, but a twisted relationship where a break-up results in passion - which the mangled production reflects before launching into a soaring hook of "Baby, shut your mouth and turn me inside out." The lyrics also cleverly allude to her breakthrough hit, Baby One More Time. Without a doubt, it stands out due to the tempo and lyrical content. A definite contender for a single release.

            The bouncing pulsating beat in 'I Wanna Go' instantly makes me want to move. Cheeky and seductive, the entire tone of the song of summed up in Britney's coy chastisement of "shame on me, to need release... uncontrollably". The sexy lyrics and impeccably produced beats make this without a doubt, the catchiest song on the set. The chorus is lyrically basic, but oh, so catchy. The song borrows heavily from lots of familiar sounds but manages to create something different. Subtleties, such as the whistle which punctuates the song just give it a fun and unique feel. One of the best on the album.

            'Toxic' without a doubt is regarded as one of Britney's finest compositions. Complete with interpolations of Indian and classical pieces, the song set the creative bar for pop music. It's producers, Bloodshy and Avant haved provided Britney's another creative sound in 'How I Roll'. The relentless clattering percussion, hand claps, gasps and bursting bubbles create a rich tapestry of sound. The song's lyrics are nothing special, describing how Britney wants to just go downtown and have fun, but there are no words to describe how enticing the production is. The constant shifts in tempo and layering of beats and sounds make it a thoroughly compelling listen. Without a doubt, a grower, but a great track.

            'Drop Dead Beautiful' is a little soulless due to its over-use of autotune, but the playful lyrics add a new dimension to the album and prevent it from being too generic. The thumping electronic tone and shameless forward declarations ("Whoever said that beauty lies on the inside is a liar") towards a potential lover make it a fun party song. I also have to praise Britney for her inclusion of unknown female rapper, Sabi, since so many artists opt for Nicki Minaj or a whole rosta of over-used guest vocalists. Such a choice really sums up the whole album - sticking to a popular genre but approaching the songs a little more unconventionally.

            The seventh track is 'Seal it With a Kiss', and has a bubblegum pop sound that evokes Britney's earlier recordings. While the lyrics are dirtier and sing-along Motown-esque background vocals accompany the stomping production, the cheerful, glossy chorus of "Come here closer, don't be shy/Cross my heart and hope to die" reminds me of the Britney of my youth. It's addictively catchy and features another amazing dance-breakdown. Probably the most instant tracks on the set.

            One of the most divisive tracks on Femme Fatale amongst fans is 'Big Fat Bass', produced and featuring vocals by will.I.am of the Black Eyed Peas. The pulsating synths and the throbbing bass are excellent, with there being an amazing back-and-forth spoken word moment between Britney and Will towards the end of the song. However, the lyrics and melody are far too repetitive. It's like 'Boom Boom Pow' with a quarter of the words. Without a doubt, it's the only weak link in this collection of songs and really doesn't feel like a Britney track at all.

            'Trouble for Me' is without a doubt one of the best on the CD. Produced by Fraser T.Smith (the key to Taio Cruz' sound), it has an undeniably British feel to it. The clever lyrics are deliberately ambiguous, referring to either a dangerous man or a dangerous substance (alcohol? drugs?) - making it an instantly compelling song. The dub-step inspired sound before the chorus is amazing, and fits in well with Britney's breathy and distorted delivery in the verses and chorus. Grimy, dirty and sexy - it's Britney at her best.

            'Trip to Your Heart' is the hidden gem on the album. Industrial beats and waves of synths wash over you, as Britney's voice is heavily processed. The autotune works well here though, and creates a hazy dream-like quality - matching the lyrical content of the song ('Spread my wings out into the dark, I'll fly away on a trip to your heart). While it's too fast to be a ballad and too slow to be an up-tempo, am I glad it was included as it shows a different side to the album. It shines with its lush production and charming lyrics.

            The twang of a guitar kicks off the steaming and sultry 'Gasoline'. There is something in the lyrics and production which just conjures up images of Britney on boiling hot day in the desert lying against the hood of a black convertible. The chorus is sudden and thumping: "Spark - and it's like gasoline" she sings, about sexual chemistry. While some of the lyrics are little questionable "My heart only runs on supreme", it is a great, moody track.

            A light, whistling flute kicks off the final track -'Criminal'. The production is completely unique to anything else on the radio right now - it evokes the music of 1940s Wild West movies, while updating it with gentle guitars and a throbbing beat. Britney showcased a more husky, auto-tune free voice - arguably her at her sexiest - as she sings about fatal attraction. "But Mama, I'm in love with a Criminal/And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical" she purrs. The slowest track on the album, and yet it's one of the best. It verges on pop-rock territory, but the production keeps an extra sizzle in there to separate it from the pack. The perfect close to the CD.

            Without a doubt, this is the must-have pop album of 2011. Accompanied by an impressive team of producers, Britney has crafted one of the most diverse and accomplished records of her career. There is only one weak link in the collection - Big Fat Bass - but this misfire shouldn't put you off. Its one of those rare albums which feels like a Greatest Hits set, because it feels like you are hearing potential single-after-potential-single. Well done, Ms. Spears - you've done it again.

            N.B. The Deluxe Album is well worth buying, as it features four bonus tracks - two of which are a little lacklustre, with the other two ('Up N' Down' - a bouncy dance-pop track, and 'He About to Lose Me' - one of the best songs she's recorded in years) being flawless.

            The Best Tracks: Till the World Ends, Hold It Against Me, Inside Out, I Wanna Go, Seal it With a Kiss, Trouble for Me, Criminal

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              Get Me Out of the Club!

              Three years after Britney's true comeback record "Circus", she is back with new album "Femme Fatale", featuring a highly auto tuned and addictive sound, after hearing her snippets. It's the kind that you can't get out of your head! I wonder if the full songs will be as good!

              ~~~ALBUM COVER~~~
              The cover of her album is one of her best yet- very simple and stylish. Undeniably, she looks really pretty and soft, though a little dead in the eyes. With an album title named "Femme Fatale", I personally would've expected something darker and slightly stronger, but perhaps that will come through in her fierce music.

              ~~~TRACK LIST~~~
              The album contains twelve songs with the deluxe edition containing four bonus tracks:

              1. Till the World Ends 4.5/5
              The second single penned by autotune princess Ke$ha is a catchy offering, especially the repetitions in the pre-chorus and chorus. The "oh-oh-oh-oh-ohs" are addictive stuff! I've never been a fan of lyrics in Britney's songs, they just seem so shallow and superficial, but the line "see the sunlight, we ain't stopping, keep on dancing till the world ends" is pretty good- well done Ke$ha!

              2. Hold It Against Me 4/5
              Lead single "Hold It against Me" has a heavy beat which keeps you addicted throughout, but this is where the silly lyrics ruin the song. She sings "You feel like paradise and I need a vacation tonight" which is not something anyone would ever sing in a decent song. That said, this track has everything it needs musically to be a hit (and it is), I just can't get past that one line hence the 4/5.

              3. Inside Out 4.5/5
              As a softer song, 'Inside Out' is reminiscent of her 2001-2003 era of 'Toxic', 'Bombastic Love' and 'Overprotected', arguably the sound she achieved at the height of her career. This song is definitely less autotuned, which is the Britney I personally prefer, making this one of the better tracks for me.

              4. I Wanna Go 5/5
              One of the catchiest tracks on the record, I was hooked since hearing the snippet, and this song definitely doesn't disappoint. The chorus just gives you a "club with strobe lighting" feel, whilst the verse is slightly more raw and this contrast makes this the best song on the record and hopefully a future single.

              5. How I Roll 2.5/5
              The breathing sounds that start this song and the chant of a verse which ends with autotune craziness is like Britney is possessed by Ke$ha or something. I am completely turned off by the first twenty seconds or so but it does get catchier. Then the breathing sounds return and I have to skip it. This isn't a bad song, but just not my type, though it is addictive in some parts.

              6. (Drop Dead) Beautiful (ft. Sabi) 3.5/5
              The album is back on track with (Drop Dead) Beautiful which at first sounds like 2003 era Britney then launches into Lady Gaga territory with the "Drop Dead, Beautiful" repetitions in the chorus which remind me of "Beautiful Dirty Rich". Sabi (who is she?) comes in at just over two minutes with some rap which personally this song does not need and I would prefer it not to have. This is a good song, but not the best, again mighty catchy!

              7. Seal It With A Kiss 4/5
              The "o-oo-ooh" at the beginning threw me off a bit, I was thinking "Is this still Britney?" but the catchy stuff comes in and dominates. Another very catchy song with variation provided by the "o-oo-ooh" that returns in the chorus, though doesn't stand out in this album.

              8. Big Fat Bass (ft. Will.I.Am) 1/5
              The worst song on the album features Black Eyed Peas front man Will.I.Am who repeats "Big Fat Bass" at the beginning for far too long, though obviously this is targeted at club goers. The Britney parts don't even sound like Britney, and I can see Fergie singing this far better. Britney, next time, don't take BEP scraps. At first when I first saw this I read it as "Big Fat Ass" LOL, which this might as well be. NEXT.

              9. Trouble For Me 3/5
              Another club hit, the annoying beginning (what is that called? Dub step?) turned me off, but the rest of this song is actually phenomenal. If only those stupid intro things aren't so dispersed into this track!! I cannot stand them which is such a shame, this would've done better without them anyway and there are far too many club tunes in this record, it is overkill.

              10. Trip to Your Heart 3.5/5
              Yet another club track; the intro gives a "club green laser" atmosphere. This is far more listenable than 'Trouble for Me' but the sound of it isn't as catchy. The lyrics aren't bad here, but I personally would've liked this to be a ballad as this is all just auto tune club stuff which I'm not into, so again, wasted potential.

              11. Gasoline 4.5/5
              Britney is back on the 11th track of the record, this time 'Gasoline' has more of a 'Circus' sound which I really liked. Another upbeat catchy track which isn't overly clubby. The lyrics are a bit superficial but I'm so happy it isn't the regurgitation of club that it will suffice.

              12. Criminal 5/5
              Another misleadingly weird intro which turns into a stunning song. This album ends with a BANG thanks to Criminal which is thankfully not heavy in beat. A catchy tune with darker themes which this whole album should've been about.

              Bonus Tracks on Deluxe Edition:
              13. Up n' Down
              14. He About to Lose Me
              15. Selfish
              16. Don't Keep Me Waiting

              SONGS TO LOVE: Till The World Ends, Inside Out, I Wanna Go, Gasoline, Criminal
              SONGS TO SKIP: How I Roll, Big Fat Bass

              ~~~PRICE~~~
              The album can be purchased for under £10 online.

              ~~~OVERALL~~~
              With a name like 'Femme Fatale', this album really should showcase Britney's fearlessness, strength and evoke a darker theme to 'Circus'.

              Unfortunately it seems like every song on this record was intended to be used by any club in the world and some tracks are just overkill of typical club sounds (Big Fat Bass, Trouble For Me, Trip to Your Heart), rendering this album uneasy for those that liked 'Circus' Britney or expected a pop/dance sound, as this record has no other label than CLUB, written, stamped and etched all over it.

              Luckily, 'Circus' and 2003 Britney (at her best) tries to break through in several stand out tracks 'Inside Out', 'I Wanna Go' and 'Gasoline'. My favourite track on the record has to be 'Criminal' as I feel this song not only showcases Britney's vocal ability, reflects the genre she is best at (pop/dance) and sums up this album fantastically, both in theme and name.

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                Britney's best comeback yet!!

                When I was younger, Britney Spears was one of my favourite 'popstars' along with the pop group Steps. A decade or so later, and I am still somewhat of a fan of Britney's, although I do think that she isn't as 'great' as she was (in her 'Oops I Did It Again' days and has lost her appeal quite a bit, if you compare her to the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga. However, after a few 'comebacks' over the years, would you believe it? Britney Spears is back with yet another 'comeback album'.

                Femme Fatale is the latest comeback album from Britney. It is in fact her seventh studio album! It was released in the United Kingdom on March 25th 2011 and so is very recent. The album is just over forty minutes long and contains tracks which come under the pop, pop-dance and electro-pop genres. You can buy your copy of this album from Amazon for a price of £8.93 which I think is quite good value for money for a brand new album!

                ~* Tracklist *~
                1) Till The World Ends 2) Hold It Against Me 3) Inside Out 4) I Wanna Go 5) How I Roll 6) Drop Dead Beautiful (Spears/Britney/Sabi) 7) Seal It With A Kiss 8) Big Fat Bass 9) Trouble For Me 10) Trip To Your Heart 11) Gasoline 12) Criminal 13) Up 'n' Down 14) He's About To Lose Me 15) Selfish 16) Don't Keep Me Waiting

                On first impressions, I was quite impressed with this album. It is very 'fresh' and a lot different compared to Britney's other albums, which I think in latter years, have all seemed to roll into one. The album is original, and I think that it seems to suit Britney more than her last couple of albums. I think that she has found the 'real' her with this album.

                There are a lot of good songs on here. Ones which stand out the most for me are 'Hold It Against Me' and 'He's About To Lose Me'. I remember the first time I heard the song, I though 'argh' this is terrible when I heard the beginning, but then when I heard the chorus, I absolutely loved it!

                I like quite a lot of the songs on this album. The only one which I do not like is the song 'Big Fat Bass' which features Will.I.AM. Whilst I like his song 'Heartbreaker' with Cheryl Cole and some of the Black Eyes Peas songs, I don't really like him as an artist. I think that he ruins this song with his repeats of 'Big Fat Bass' throughout the song, and I do not think that he brings anything to it. Sorry, Will!

                The majority of songs in this album, are quite dancey and very energetic. I could certainly imagine listening to the songs on this album in a club. There is something 'girlie' or 'girl-power-u' about this album. It is the kind of album which you could imagine playing when you are getting ready to go out partying, or when you are driving to the beach with your friends. It is a really fun album.

                Despite previously mentioning that the album is very original and very different compared to her other albums. In a weird way there is something about this album which reminds me of some of Britney's old songs. For example, the song on this album 'How I Roll' reminds me a bit of her 2004 hit 'Toxic'. Yet the actual album is very different to her old stuff.

                Britney wouldn't be Britney without the use of auto-tune, which is something that she heavily relies on. As some of you will know from my other music reviews, I absolutely hate the use of auto-tune, as I think that, being a singer myself, if they can't sing the song properly, then they shouldn't be 'up there' singing and making albums. However, with this album, I think auto-tune is one of Britney's trademarks, and so I kinda feel that it's ok for her 'to get away with it', because most of the songs on here are very electric sounding, and so I guess that the songs would sound odd if Britney wasn't sounding 'electric' too.

                One thing which I like about this album is that it appears, that from the second you hit play for the first song, and throughout the album, it feels as if you are listening to a story. A really good story; not at all like a bunch of songs which have been thrown together.

                Apparently Britney spent two years making this album, and it really shows. You can tell that the album was not rushed by the quality of tracks. All of them have been perfected (appart from the Will.I.Am one in my opinion!), which is good, and so I would say that again apart from the Will.I.Am song, the album doesn't contain any fillers which is a good thing as it means that it is the kind of album which you can listen to straight through without having to skip any songs.

                Disappointingly Britney did not write any of the songs on this album. Considering that she is quite a big star, and managed to write 'Everytime' which I thought was a great hit. I was a bit disappointed to learn that she hadn't written a single song, especially as she is in competition with the likes of Lady Gaga and so on, who write all of their own songs.

                Nonetheless, I do think that this is a fantastic album! One of the best Britney albums, if not the best!

                Britney's previous albums have been good, but I think this is what Britney's all about!!

                Thanks for reading!

                March 28th 2011
                xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)

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                  This is a pretty upbeat album, if you're into techo-mainstream you might like it.

                  Hurrying to my closet and throwing on my John Travolta's Saturday Night Fever White suit and putting on my big thick white frame Elvis sunglasses I put this album into my computer. Putting glitter on my head phones and twirling on my big fuzzy dice I'm all ready to dance. Taking everything she had from Circus and prior albums like Oops I did it again any My Prerogative I heard this album being called Electropop. What the hell are they making another category and what is a Electropop?

                  As I push the cd into the chamber I found out. Till the World Ends is synthetic voice in a microphone with bouncing synthesisers beats in the background. This is pretty much a club or a party song because I have to say it, that it is pretty electrifying.


                  Okay, you caught me doing the robot but Hold it Against Me is a very brash sexual demanding song but for some reason wondering why producers Dr.Luke and Max Martin put back to back songs together that start off with the same beats. But as the song gets going it is totally different and not robotic as the first song. There is so much more sexual over tones on this song almost made me jump out of my suit and get in bed. She can use and abused me with that voice any day, one second she is so sweet and innocent and the next second almost too vulgar for me ears to hear. A well blended chorus that does make you want to boogie..Darn I wish I was 30 years younger.


                  Inside Out starts out a little different. This song is more techno in the music, but what I like is that her voice is much stronger that the beats and backgrounds. She definitely can throw those brash high notes out there, going back to my robot dance. The lyrics on the first three song are of her wanting you and letting you know she'll do anything for that body. Very seductive.


                  I Wanna Go basically is a synthesiser beat and backgrounds and most of the vocals are in a synthesiser microphone. It is a very upbeat song that from my opinion you will hear at the clubs more than the radio, very techno but cute song. Drop Dead Beautiful is a very good song that will be a chart topper. The lyrics are so P-funk and sexually charge, she didn't even need music for them. Excellent vibes coming off this one, even has a little bit of rap into it.


                  Criminal is great ending song. I can almost feel Madonna in the background singer Pappa Don't Preach. But excellent music to blend with the lyrics. Professing her love to a bad boy and explaining this to her mother. There is actually guitars in this song and a violin. But very impressed with this song for both the lyrics and the music accompaniments.

                  1. Till the World Ends ****
                  2. Hold it Against Me *****
                  3. Inside Out ****1/2
                  4. I Wanna Go ***
                  5.How I Roll **
                  6.Drop Dead Beautiful *****
                  7..Seal It With a Kiss ****
                  8. Big Fat Bass **
                  9. Trouble for Me ***1/2
                  10. Trip to Your Heart ****
                  11. Gasoline ***
                  12. Criminal ****1/2
                  Total time 44:02 minutes


                  Overall this is my third times listening to this Femme Fatale and I will say it kinda grows on you the more you listen to it. After my first take on it I wanted to drill a hole in it and run some string through it and hang it off my rear view mirror. Now I can say there are five songs that I like on it, so 5 out of 12 ain't that bad. But I'm not going to say this is a bad album, I'm just going to say I'm out dated.


                  Thanks for reading !!! .

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                  Great Music to Play While: Exercising

                  This review originated by me on Epinions

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                  Not perfect, but still a must-own; If I could award half stars this would be 4.5/5...

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                  FEMME FATALE is the seventh studio album by Britney Spears and took two years to write and record. Her label [Jive] decided to make FEMME FATALE a closely themed album, formed around the sound and feelings of clubs. Musically the tracks are heavily influenced by European electronic music rather American ones, so it sounds fresh and a bit different to Britney's American fanbase in comparison to their usual club tracks [whilst to our ears some of the tracks will bring other songs to our minds. I like the deja-vu effect of using vaguely familiar beats, but it's not new to her European fanbase].

                  The executive producers and chief song writers are Dr Luke and Max Martin [he's responsible for Baby One More Time]. The list of individual track writers and producers include the likes of Ammo, Billboard, Benny Blanco, Bloodshy & Avant, Darkchild, Dream Machine, Fraser T. Smith, JMIKE, Henrik Jonback, Magnus, Oligee, Sandy Vee, Shellback, Stargate and Will.I.am.


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                  A common problem with dance/pop albums is that the similar styles used for the tracks means that everything seems to flow together too well at times; and the main issue that people will have with FEMME FATALE is that this issue - and the fact that this is a album with a rather limited theme - means that there's just not a lot of variety in the tracks, so an in depth track by track breakdown isn't really necessary for this review: The pace and depth of the music is more or less the same throughout the album and the lyrical content of the songs is either in the theme of dancing and music or men and hook-ups, and that's it from beginning to end.

                  Having said that there are a few exceptions on here, to separate the tracks musically from the strong club overtones found on the majority of the tracks; 'How I Roll', 'Drop Dead Beautiful', 'Big Fat Bass' and 'Down n Up' lean strongly towards R&B. 'Don't Keep Me Waiting' has rockier overtones, whilst the music used for the tracks 'Criminal' and 'Selfish' is lighter and the lyrics are arguably a bit more poppy then everything else here, but still has the same R&B undertones like the tracks on Britney's 'In The Zone' album had.

                  Britney herself claimed that FEMME FATALE has a few mid-tempo tracks that could be counted as ballads - well they must have not made the final cut, because the album's slowest track is 'He About To Lose Me' and that again is the same R&B/pop hybrid that her 'In The Zone' album focused on. 'Criminal' and 'Selfish' are in the mid range, but no-one would view those as ballads.


                  So far there have been two singles taken from FEMME FATALE; 'Hold It Against Me' (which went to #1 in 13 countries) and 'Till The World Ends' [you can vote for your favourite track to be the third single over on YouTube].

                  I really liked 'Hold It Against Me' at first as it was different to Britney's traditional faux R&B/pop releases, but her record label made a big mistake by following it up with a second single that has the same lyrical content, so the second single was guaranteed not to receive as much attention. And although it hasn't been as successful I do prefer 'Till The World Ends': The music is darker and grittier then single one and the song is lyrically stronger then any of her singles for the last few years; It may be a basic dance-in-a-club number, but the sexual suggestions are there and are subtle enough that it's not cheesy, roll your eyes or lewd. Best of all? There is some autotune here - especially in the bridge - but much less than there is on other tracks.

                  My favourite track is 'I Wanna Go' - if it gets released as a single I'd be interested in buying any remixes. The producers also use what sounds like a recording of someone whistling to accompany the music in the bridge, which hooks me in - very boho. Critics and fans [via various polls] agree that this is a standout and should be a single.


                  For me the other standouts are:

                  'Inside Out' stands out to me as it's a little bit grittier to the other tracks and the lyrics [she's trying to break up with someone, but ends up begging him for one final, ahem, happy time session] sound so lost and defeated - which is quite an achievement since she's singing someone else's song.

                  The Cheeky, playful bridge to 'How I Roll' is stuck in my head. Surely the writers knew what they were doing when they used "kitty cat" shortly after the word 'Posse'? Either way it's stuck in my head and I have to be careful not to warble out the incorrect lyrics whilst buying bread at Sainsburys...


                  'Drop Dead Beautiful' - I have no idea who Sabi is, but she sounds just like Ke$ha. Britney's voice is altered and stretched with different vocal effects on this track the most, but this and the rent-a-rapper combine to make this one of my guilty pleasures and most listened to tracks. Britney even does a spot of faux rapping in the bridge.

                  I adore the intro to 'Seal It With A Kiss'; The music takes the song to another level, though I like the lyrics too - she's starting a relationship and is trying to keep it hidden. Hidden from the press?

                  'Trouble For Me' is similar to the next track [Criminal] as the lyrics are about being attracted to some who you know is no good for you, but unlike the next track the music is heavy and has a heavy beat - it sorts of gives you a sense of being in a smoky club and seeing someone yourself.

                  'Criminal' has mid-range music that is a throwback to Britney's 'In The Zone era and it can definitely be described as R&B, with no strong electro overtones. The falling-for-a-bad-boy-I-know-I-shouldn't fits in with her ex and almost comes of as being personal to her. This is very radio friendly and I think it would be a strong single as it sounds different to the previous two from this album.

                  'Down N Up' is another dance-in-a-club track, but the music and catchy chorus are both infectious. It contains a sample from something that is on the tip of my tongue - so maddening trying to remember what.
                  [Update: Someone on Amazon told me that the sample is Inner City's 'Good Life' :)]

                  'He About To Lose Me' is a immediate standout as the music to it is the only track not to have dance/eltro overtones and it has the most natural vocals. Listening to the song properly reveals that the lyrics are strong too - she's bored of her dead-end relationship and is about to end it and go of with someone else she meets at a club. I don't know why this track is only a bonus one and isn't on the tracklist for her regular edition of the U.S. album; it could have been a hit and been huge on the airwaves. What a waste.

                  'Selfish' is sort of a dance version of the previous track. Britney is intending to think of herself and take someone with her on a night out, but they'll be doing what she wants to do.


                  There is only one track on the album that I would class as a filler and that is the Will.I.am featured 'Big Fat Bass', and this isn't pierce-my-ears-with-a-knitting-needle awful and I don't skip it, even though it tends to irritate me. I like the music to it, but Will.I.am doesn't add much to the song and I find the highly repetitive lyrics annoying. Observe; I can be the treble baby, you can be the bass, you can be the bass, you can be the bass. Repeat about a hundred times - and the sad thing is that I'm not exaggerating by much [I suspect that Will.I.am gave her an BEP album outtake].


                  This isn't to say I don't like the other tracks - I do like everything on here and can warble [at least] a few lines to everything else on offer here, it's just that the above tracks hooked me in straightaway and the above mentioned tracks are the ones that I've listened to most often and have added to various playlists on my Ipod.


                  And whilst it's not important I must say that FEMME FATALE has the best cover and artwork out of her albums [admittedly that's not too hard] - Subtle makeup and no bared stomachs. The outer case is a digipack fold-out case, rather then the usual plastic 'jewel' case.


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                  Worth buying?
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                  I didn't know what my final rating would be until I'd finished writing my review. On one hand I love dancy, electro music and after listening to the album over and over [it was leaked online at the beginning of March] I still don't skip over any of the tracks, but on the other hand this is Britney's most impersonal album as the songs could be sung by anyone and she hasn't added anything of her own.

                  Plus, the order of the tracklist places several songs with similar lyrics next to each other which is never a good idea as everything flows into one big jumble. The chosen theme doesn't help this any as it limits what you can actually write and sing about; Which isn't a issue when you just want upbeat music to unwind with at the end of the day or to get ready for going out to, but it has all been done thousands of times.


                  Although I do enjoy FEMME FATALE for what it is, for some reason I'm left with a can't-put-my-finger-on-it feeling that something is missing from the album, so let's write down any niggles and see:

                  A) Britney herself has not co-wrote any of the tracks which is very disappointing. She was never known as a gifted wordsmith ['Everytime' was her peak], but even her Blackout album which was wrote and recorded at the height of what is commonly known as her 'pink wig' crazy days period featured two songs that she wrote.

                  B) I've always wondered about the now commonplace use of autotune and constant miming. These annoyances only started being a staple with Britney Spears albums following her marriages, children, divorces, breakdown and Blackout album. Yes, vocal effects do tie in nicely with the lively electro synths, but whilst she may never be mistaken for Mariah Carey, Britney does have a pleasant voice with a distinctive purr to it, so I find it frustrating and lazy that she and her label use these fail-safe tactics when she is capable of live performances. If she is not actually yet at the point where she feels able to preform again, then [I mean this in the nicest way possible] maybe she shouldn't be releasing new music.

                  C) Also frustrating; It's a little known fact that Britney can play the piano, so again I wonder why she doesn't put this additional musical talent to good use. The chords in past single 'Everytime' and promotional-only single 'Someday (I'll Understand)' were wrote by Britney, and the instruments used in the studios were also played by her. My point is that it's a wasted opportunity for stamping some personal creativity onto her albums not to incorporate some of these skills in her work.


                  I suppose the main thing that bothers me here is the fact that FEMME FATALE doesn't have any real personality to it. Every single track is catchy, slickly produced and strong enough to be used as a single release, but nothing screams "this is Britney Spears". If she'd wrote a track or two and put a little personal stamp on the album this review would be a five star rave.

                  As it is; Despite the lack of the X factor for me, I still view FEMME FATALE as a very solid album and I think it's her strongest one to date. In fact I'd describe it as a near-perfect mix of my other favourite releases of Britneys: FEMME FATALE has the lyrical blend of her pop/R&B album 'In The Zone', paired with the grittiness of the electro music from her 'Blackout' album. If you enjoyed either of those albums you'll love this as much as I do.


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                  The regular UK edition of FEMME FATALE features four tracks [Up 'n' Down, He About To Lose Me, Selfish and Don't Keep Me Waiting] which aren't included on the regular American edition of the album, so we're getting our monies worth as the bonus material is all strong enough to be used as single releases.

                  1. Till The World Ends
                  2. Hold It Against Me
                  3. Inside Out
                  4. I Wanna Go
                  5. How I Roll
                  6. Drop Dead Beautiful [featuring Sabi]
                  7. Seal It With A Kiss
                  8. Big Fat Bass [featuring Will.I.am]
                  9. Trouble For Me
                  10. Trip To Your Heart
                  11. Gasoline
                  12. Criminal
                  13. Up 'n' Down
                  14. He About To Lose Me
                  15. Selfish
                  16. Don't Keep Me Waiting


                  The Japanese edition features a 17th track 'Scary'.


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                  Price
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                  If you order FEMME FATALE on Play.com you'll also get a free sample of Britney's Radiance EDP. Plus; Play offers free P+P too [second class], so you pay less for the album then you would on the high street and don't pay for P+P Bargain.

                  Amazon have it at £8.49 and you can choose their free 'Super Saver' [second class] postage.

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