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Britney Spears...we all know who she is right!! I have always loved Britney Spears, ever since her debut single 'Baby One More Time' came out. When I was growing up, I thought that she was great; she had great songs, could sing, dance and had that 'x' factor. Today I will be reviewing one of her albums.
Oops I Did It Again is the second album from Miss Britney Spears. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and so is quite 'old' now. The album is currently selling from Amazon from as little as £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.
~ * Track Listing * ~
1) Oops I Did It Again
3) Don't Go Knockin' On My Door
4) I Can't Get No Satisfaction
5) Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know
6) What You See Is What You Get
8) One Kiss From You
9) Where Are You Now
10) Can't Make You Love Me
11) When Your Eyes Say It
12) Girl In The Mirror
13) You Got It All
15) Dear Diary
~ * What Are The Songs Like ? * ~
Oops I Did It Again - Such a catchy song - very funky and different. I like the bit where they added a 'Titanic-like' scene .
Stronger - A really powerful song - really shows of Britney's voice.
Don't Le Me Be The Last To Know - I used to think that this song was boring when I was younger, although I quite like it now. Although I think it depends what mood I'm in as sometimes I think 'aww this is a nice song' and other times I feel like 'get on with it'.
One Kiss From You - A lovely song; typical Britney sound.
Where Are You Now - A haunt-y kind of ballad which I really like.
Girl In The Mirror - Pure girlie pop. A catchy little song.
Dear Diary - A very girlie song which Britney wrote herself. It's more of a 'story' than a song - different though.
~ * What Do I Think ? * ~
Wow! I am impressed with this album. I think that it is the best Britney Spears album; this was the era where she was at her best and was a real 'Pop Princess'. The songs on this album are really good. I can't say that there are any songs on here which I dislike; obviously there are songs on here which I think are better than others!
This album is quite girlie; it reminds me of the 'young girlie Britney', the one where she sang girlie romantic songs about being in love; before she turned all 'sexy'. Whilst I like her post 'Oops I Did It Again' days, I have to say that I prefer her more girlier songs like the ones on here. I think they really sui t her.
The album is very poppy and what I like is that there are no swear words or sexiness. It's all quite innocent, which means that it is suitable for children to listen to. I like how these songs are all about Britney and her voice rather than the music (and electronic voices and loud beats like they are now).
Britney sings well on this album. I have to say that this is probably the album which shows off Britney's voice the best; there are some great ballads on here (Where Are You Now etc) which show just how capable Britney is as a vocalist. She has quite a powerful voice. I especially like the simple song s which show off her voice (Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know).
I would definitely recommend this album. It is interesting to see how much Britney has changed over the years.
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Oops i did it again is the 2nd album recorded by the lovely Britney spears. Out of all the albums britney has created, this album is definitely in my top two! Britney has released a number of songs from this album which probably proves how good it is. These are: oops i did it again, stronger, lucky which have all been top hits! However, my favorite track on the album would have to be can't make you love me - it's really catchy and is still one of my all time favorite britney songs. One of the less popular songs on the album i would say is when your eyes say it. Still a very good song, but a bit dreary at times and slightly forgetable.
Britney's cover version of I can't get no satisfaction has been well mastered and is a really good version of the song! Overall a good album with a good combination of songs. You have up tempo songs like oops i did it again and then slightly sadder songs such as girl in the mirror and then the rocky britney is shown in i can't get no satisfication. Definitely a good range of different songs to keep any britney fan entertained!
Oops I did it again!!
Yes she did do it again, release an album that is that debuted at number one in the U.S, selling 1,319,193 units during its first week of sale and sold 500,000 units in its first day of release breaking the SoundScan record for the highest sales in its debut week by any solo artist. So there you have it, Britney Spears (cute Southern gal, mixed up, lost little girl, ex girlfriend of Justin, ex Mickey Mouser, star) releasing a record breaking album and hitting the headlines this time for all the right reasons.
According to an article I read "Oops!...I Did It Again" had sold 20 million copies worldwide since 2002 including club sales. I like the album and I am a fan of hers although I don't think she has that great of a voice and a lot of her songs are more produced and glitzy to sell than being actually great vocally. Her music is definitely not what you would call groundbreaking!!
Scandal and drama has followed her throughout her career. With two marriages and divorces, two children who she lost custody of and a very public breakdown, things have not been easy for Britney. Did the fame get to her? I think it can't be much fun having cameras following you around capturing your every move but unfortunately to some extent that is the price of fame. Hopefully now it looks like she has gotten herself together and hopefully she has turned the corner with more great things to come.
To me, the album is very similar to the first, that being a very bubblegum inspired kind of album, sweet, teenage songs, young, girly and fun and it doesn't pretend to be any more than that. Before it was released though Britney was interviewed saying that she wanted this album to a bit funkier and edgier with more of an attitude. She went on to say, "It's more me, and I think teenagers will relate to it more." In fact she wrote her first song that was featured on the album, Dear Diary, a kind of self expression kind of song.
My favourite song on the album is Lucky. Lucky was the second single that she released from this album. It's light and catchy and the title of the song is repeated over again in the lyrics to make the point of the song. is about an actress, who despite being very "lucky" and seemingly having it all - fame, wealth, beauty, is truly lonely on the inside. It is considered to be one of Spears' signature songs. Could this be a hint she was giving the world as to her state of mind and what she was actually feeling a long time ago?
The rest of the songs on the album are as follows:
1 "Oops!...I Did It Again"
3 "Don't Go Knockin' on My Door"
4 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
5 "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know"
6 "What U See (Is What U Get)"
8 "One Kiss from You"
9 "Where Are You Now"
10 "Can't Make You Love Me"
11 "When Your Eyes Say It"
12 "Girl in the Mirror"
13 "You Got It All"
15 "Dear Diary"
16 "Walk on By"
Oops I Did It Again is classic Britney and was released in 2000, it has some great tracks on it and is a must have for all the Britney fans, and though I am ashamed to admit it, I actually like this album.
You can pick Oops I Did It Again up in stores for around £5, which isnt that bad for an album so if you are a Britney fan itl be well worth the money.
1.) Oops... I Did It Again
3.) Dont Go Knockin On My Door
5.) Dont Let Me Be The Last To Know
6.) What You See
8.) One Kiss From You
9.) Where Are You Now
10.) Cant Make You Love Me
11.) When Your Eyes Say It
12.) Girl In The Mirror
13.) You Got It All
15.) Dear Diary
This album is definitely more pop and less grown up than her newer work, it is still great in a corny Britney kind of way, which I personally like from time to time.
Oops... I Did It Again
This track was so famous at the time it was released and did really well in the charts, it is a fun pop song about making messing a guy around who your not exactly interested in.
This was another really famous song at the time it was released and helped Britney become as famous as she is now, its a song about being stronger than you have been before and ready for anything, even to face a break up.
This song is about a superstar and how the world thinks she is so lucky, yet at the end of the day shes just lonely and sad because of her fame. Its a really nice girly song and my favourite on this album.
Not So Great Tracks
There are some tracks on this album that I just cant listen too, I just find myself skipping them when I am playing this album, they are When Your Eyes Say It and Girl In The Mirror, I think that these songs just are annoying and are too soppy.
This is a very childish album, though as I used to listen to it when I was younger I still cant help but like it. If your a Britney fan youll probably remember this one, though if not probably best you avoid it.
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 second album entitled 'Oops!...I did it again', which in it's first week of release saw sales of 1.3 million copies. This made Britney the first female artist to have an album go platinum within the first week. The album itself is now certified as Diamond and has sold roughly 20 million copies worldwide.
1/ Oops! I Did It Again
3/ Don't Go Knockin On My Door
4/ Can't Get No Satisfaction
5/ Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know
6/ What U See Is What U Get
8/ One Kiss From You
9/ Where Are You Know
10/ Can't Make You Love Me
11/ When your Eyes Say It
12/ Girl In The Mirror
13/ Dear Diary
TRACK 1 - Oops! I Did It Again
This title track was the first single released from the album and hit the top spot in the UK charts making it her third number one single. The track itself has a very punchy soundtrack with a steady and constant beat that holds up the pop feel. The lyrics themselves are nothing special but the chorus is catchy and they consistently strong and sung well throughout.
TRACK 2 - Stronger
Stronger was the third single release from the album and despite faring extremely well in the US - better than the previous two releases - it didn't do as well in the UK and only reached number 7 in the singles chart. Like the previous track this one also has a strong pop feel with a heady beat and a catchy chorus. Somehow though I prefer this track as the lyrics seem to have something more behind them. Again they are strong and well sung throughout the track.
TRACK 3 - Don't Go Knockin On My Door
The vocals at the beginning of the track have a slightly electronic sound but this suits the track and once the real singing begins the vocals again show strength and consistency. The lyrics and the backing track have a strong pop feel (are you getting an idea of the flavour of the album yet) but the beat isn't as strong as it has been in the previous two tracks.
TRACK 4 - Can't Get No Satisfaction
This track is one of my favourite ones from the album, probably because I like the song whoever the singer is, but Britney certainly does a good job of the track. The vocals are much softer as is the backing track for this song and overall this really suits Britney's style. The only thing that irritates me about this track is the talking section that occurs before the main song starts.
TRACK 5 - Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know
This track was the final single release from the album and unfortunately the one with the worst performance. It failed to hit the charts in the US and peaked at a feeble number twelve in the UK making it Britney's lowest single chart position at the time. This track is rather like the previous one in terms of the tone of it but unlike the previous one it doesn't suffer from a spoken section at the start. Because of this the track is certainly more popular with me and the strong lyrics and vocals make it a pleasure to listen to.
TRACK 6 - What U See Is What U Get
This track sees a return to the heavier beat and more pop like soundtrack in keeping with the start of this album. I must admit I quite like this song and the lyrics are rather catchy from the first listen. On reflection the lyrics are also quite prominent and have quite a bit of meaning behind them despite the pop disguise. Again the track is well performed by Britney.
TRACK 7 - Lucky
Lucky was the second single release from the album and failed to make the top 20 in the US. I did however fare much better in the UK were it peaked at number 5 in the singles chart. Personally I really like this track and the soft tone of it really appeals to me. Furthermore the story behind the lyrics is a decent one and although in keeping with the pop feel of Britney's music it is also one worth noting. The softness to the lyrics is reflected in the vocal performance given which is again more than competent.
TRACK 8 - One Kiss From You
One Kiss From You has a strong and steady beat accompanied by a somewhat pop backing track but it also has some soft vocals as well as some more punchy ones. I must admit that this didn't really appeal to me, as it didn't seem in keeping with the overall feel of the track. Saying that however the vocals were strong but I must say that the song isn't one of my favourites.
TRACK 9 - Where Are You Know
Where Are You Know is a very soft song rather ballad like in style and rather fitting in my opinion. It provides a welcome break from the rest of the album and is performed very well in my opinion by Britney Spears. The subtlety and softness within the lyrics in transferred to the vocals in a very pleasant way.
TRACK 10 - Can't Make You Love Me
This track sees a return to the heavy beat and strong powerful vocals that some of the previous tracks have seen. The lyrics themselves aren't particularly inspiring or even anything special but they fit in with the general feel of the track and are performed well.
TRACK 11 - When your Eyes Say It
This track is another of my favourites and has quite a different sounding backing track which makes it stand out from others on the album. The track however does have a strong beat, which at times can be a little off putting given the fact that the lyrics themselves as well as the vocals are soft and a little ballad like.
TRACK 12 - Girl In The Mirror
This is quite possibly my favourite track on the album as the story it tells really is wonderful to listen to and very reminiscent of being a teenager in my opinion. The track has a subtle and soft backing track with a lovely tune. The chorus of the track is catchy yet sung very well at the same time. The overall feel is one of emotion, which entwines well with the ballad feel.
TRACK 13 - Dear Diary
This track like the previous one also has quite a teenager feel to it as Britney sings a diary entry in a way. This may sound a little odd but it really does seem to work and is actually quite a pleasant listen. The song has a soft backing track and is sung in a ballad style, which really suits it. Strong and consistent vocals also aid the performance and finish the album on a strong track in my opinion.
In conclusion I must admit that I am quite fond of this album and would recommend it to those who like pop music that is easy to listen to. I'm not saying it's the best album in the world but it isn't that bad either.
An ok album from an ok singer / pop princess at her height (in my opinion) of poptastic fame,back in 2000.
I thought this album was ok,but it alot of the songs sounding plastic,fake and at times similar to other songs I have heard before.
The album lacked individuality and originality in my eyes and to be fair all the tracks just started to gel and morph into each other. Each and every one of the 13 tracks on this album sounded very heavily manufactured and produced even the vocals! which for me honestly made the songs a little harder to listen to and attempt to enjoy.
If I had to pick one track off the album I would say it would be stronger, Im not really sure why,but I just feel it provided a more edgier and mature sound and vibe than other tracks on the album.
This album was a commercial success though for the pop princess selling in the region of 15 million copies...amazing!
Honestly though if you like the noughties clean cut poptastic music then this is an album for you,it includes the catchy and chart hits lucky and oops i did it again (who can forget those music videos)
All in all I felt this was an ok album, fun to listen to at the time but not when you look back on it and realise just how irritating and annoying some of the track were and are.
It's scary to think that it's almost ten years since Britney Spears burst onto the popscene, wit her fresh face, beautiful body and sensual dance routines, she became an instant star, Her first hit of course was "Baby One More Time" and that catapulted her to superstardom.
As an album there can be no complaints really as I'd say it's as strong if not stronger than her debut album, The first single released was the one with that titled the album , Pop at it's best with "Oops!...I did it again" as Britney took catchy melodic pop to a whole new level . She then released "Lucky" a much sweeter tune which stinks of irony when you see what she's become. She hit back with a bit of emotion in the very good "Stronger" and rounded off her singles with one she had written for her by Shania Twain and her husban Mutt Lange called "Don't let me be the last to know".
Track Listing :
1. Oops!, I Did It Again
3. Don't Go Knockin' On My Door
4. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
5. Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know
6. What U See (Is What U Get)
8. One Kiss From You
9. Where Are You Now
10. Can't Make You Love Me
11. When Your Eyes Say It
12. Girl In The Mirror
13. Dear Diary
This was a very good follow up album for Britney with just as many great songs and stand out singles as the previous effort. Not to mention it sold even more than her last which many thought impossible. I'd recommend this album to pop fans every where, you can't beat a bit of Britney. Thumbs up from me.
OOPS I DID IT AGAIN - THE 2ND ALBUM BY FORMER POP SENSATION BRITNEY SPEARS
A LITTLE ABOUT THE ARTIST
Duh, it's Britney! No second name needed. Forget Will Young, our undisputed Pop Idol from 1999 onwards was Britney Spears. Just a young girl from Louisiana who took the charts, and the world, by storm, creating a pop phenomenon unrivalled by anyone in my time at least.
Of course, now Britney is all grown up, and that sweet little blonde girl with the big smile and the killer dance moves is gone, replaced by a troubled woman whose life I can only compare now to a circus freakshow. It upsets me to see it, if only because I have the memories of Britney as she was at this time, in the year 2000, at the time of her second studio album after the 15 million selling debut Baby One More Time.
THE TARGET AUDIENCE AND THE ALBUM'S MISSION
It is much easier to understand and appreciate this album for what it is if you can also understand it's target audience. Britney was orignally designed to appeal to teenyboppers, teenage girls who looked up to Britney and were jealous of her for going out with their ultimate poster boy crush Justin Timberlake.
This album, as it was stated in her rounds of promotion, was supposed to be a more mature sound and 'edgier' than her bubblegum debut. Whilst this may be tru in parts, it still doesn't stray too far away from the teen formula, and if anything the evolution in sound in mostly towards a more NSYNC influence, not surprising as the two share a key songwriter and producer in swedish pop guru Max Martin, back to produce the bulk of this album after his successful work on Baby One More Time. If it aint broke, why fix it?
1."Oops!... I Did It Again" (Max Martin, Rami) - 3:31
2."Stronger" (Max Martin, Rami) - 3:21
3."Don't Go Knockin' on My Door" (Max Martin, Jake, A. Kronlund, Rami) - 3:43
4."(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (Jagger, Richards) - cover of The Rolling Stones' song - 4:25
5."Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" (R. J. Lange, S. Twain, K. Scott) - 3:50
6."What U See (Is What U Get)" (P. Magnusson, D. Kreuger, J. Elofsson, Rami) - 3:36
7."Lucky" (Max Martin, Rami, A. Kronlund) - 3:26
8."One Kiss from You" (S. Lunt) - 3:25
9."Where Are You Now" (Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson) - 3:39
10."Can't Make You Love Me" (Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson) - 3:17
11."When Your Eyes Say It" (D. Warren) - 4:29
12."Girl in the Mirror" [Non-U.S. edition only] (Max Martin, J. Elofsson, Rami) - 4:07
13."You Got It All" [Non-U.S. edition only] (R. Holmes) - cover of The Jets' song - 4:10
14."Heart" [Non-U.S. edition only] (G. Teren, E. Wilde) - 3:30
15."Dear Diary" (B. Spears, J. Blume, E. Wilde) - 2:46
As you can see, this album contains Britney's first writing credit on one of her albums, for Dear Diary. We shall reserve judgment on her first songwriting attempt until later.
Other notable songwriters include Diane Warren, big ballad hitmaker extraordinaire, responsible for such hits as Unbreak my Heart and I don't wanna miss a thing. Shania Twain and her husband Mutt Lange turn up on one track as well.
TRACK BY TRACK
OOPS I DID IT AGAIN
The 1st single off the album, you will know this one as it is a Britney classic and reached number 1 in this country. A fun, pure pop song with a cool intro, this is only spoiled by the annoying and cheesy Titanic skit in the middle. Britney's singing style has really changed since her first album, it's a lot higher and also younger, I would go so far as to say she has taken a step backwards vocally.
A powerful opening to this song makes way for an NSYNC style edgy pop song, with synthesized vocals slightly spoiling it as they add nothing to her voice. This is an anthem and a mission statement, rewriting the classic Baby one more time line to become 'My loneliness aint killin me no more' signalling a break away from the past. A great girl power song.
DON'T GO KNOCKIN ON MY DOOR
Slightly more RnB than the last two, with a tiny bit of an early Destiny's child sound influencing here. Not a single in any way but a good continuation to the album and a good progression in sound.
Ends with an annoying and cheesy talky bit that sets up the next song, involving Britney talking to her assistant. It jars the album and is soooooo unneccessary.
(I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION
Yes, that one. Whoever decided that Britney should cover the Rolling Stones classic and have it produced by heavyweight RnB producer Rodney Jerkins was obviously crazy. It works, as long as you have never heard the original which it murders. It is fierce, a little darker and rockier and more grown up, with breathy intros turning into deep and sultry tones. Britney sounds really good on this one, deeper and more powerful.
DON'T LET ME BE THE LAST TO KNOW
A powerful ballad, with a slight country feel (as it was produced by Mutt Lange) but pretty much still a typical sweet Britney ballad. She shows off a much more impressive singing voice on this and sounds great, but the song is not one of her more memorable ones. Nice enough but not amazing.
WHAT U SEE (IS WHAT U GET)
Very much like the first 3 songs on the album, only a little more generic with standard pop lyrics and sound. The whole thing is starting to get a bit samey by this point, and I found myself wanting the album to do something different again, like the 2 songs that came before did.
Ends with yet another talky bit, this one even worse, involving a cheesy answer machine message. Get rid of the interludes! They are utter crap!
The second single and in my opinion an odd choice. I hate this song, i really do. It's lyrics may have some relevance in that they talk about a super famous girl who is secretly lonely even though she has everything she could ever want. However, the whole sound is just too cheesy with Britney singing like a little girl.
ONE KISS FROM YOU
This is a pretty forgettable song that could easily have been left off the album and it would have made no difference. It's happy and cheery enough, and while upbeat it is a little softer than most of the faster songs on here, but it's nothing specialm just filler.
WHERE ARE YOU NOW
This is a great, atmospheric ballad, stripped of any fancy backing or studio trickery and Britney really shines, she sounds amazing and hits both low and high notes beautifully. When Britney makes the effort, she can come across as a really impressive singer. When she doesn't, the result is 'Lucky'.
WHEN YOUR EYES SAY IT
A little disappointing considering this was written by Diane Warren who has written some of the biggest hit ballads of the last 20 years. It's a breathy, downtempo song with some more spoken than sung lyrics and is generally not very interesting.
GIRL IN THE MIRROR
A very, very sugary sweet ballad, about a 'girl in the mirror' with a broken heart, who surprise surprise turns out to be Britney. It's cheesy yes, but as a song it works ok, it's sweet and will appeal to a younger audience.
YOU GOT IT ALL
A cover of a Jets song, which I haven't heard, so I can't make a comparison. However, I like this version. it doesn't really fit with the rest of the album in that it is a little more soulful and less RnB pop. Britney is back singing in her natural lower register and so sounds pretty good!
I adore this one. Although the lyrics are again cheesy, with Britney talking to her heart telling it to be strong, it is a beautiful and pretty catchy ballad, nice and short too, no overblown choruses or key changes or any other of those big ballad staples, just nice singing and a nice melody.
Oh dear. Britney should maybe leave the songwriting to her team of superproducers in future. This is dire. Cheesy (again) so sugary you feel the need to brush your teeth afterwards. It is a piano ballad about a girl writing in her diary about a boy she is too shy to talk to. This is obviously to appeal to younger girls who would be able to relate, but adults will just want to be sick.
This album overall suffers from its target audience. Adults will probably want to look elsewhere. If I was going to say negative things about it it is that it is cheesy and sugary, with annoying girly gossip talky bits which ruin it. Taken as what it is supposed to be though, a pop album for young girls, it's pretty good. The hooks are there, the production is good, Britney is an ok singer and the sound is slightly more mature.
I first discovered this album at Birmingham Airport an hour before my journey to the Algarve in Portugal. As soon as I saw it I brought it as I had enjoyed Britney's last album and it was Britney and I was obviously in the it's got to be good it's her state of mind. The actually CD cost me £13, I had come out that day and being an airport it was no surprise. After 3 hours and a frightful turbulence scare I was in my hotel on the bed with my earphones on listening to my latest purchase. What I first noticed about this CD was the brass sound of the songs. They carried a catchy sound if not a little childish with the talking parts. "So Mina what you guys do on your date last night? He was so sweet, he took me to eat, and he brought me roses, and then went back to his house to watch movies. You went back to his house, did you guys kiss?! I'm not telling you that! Oh my god YOU DID!". These talking parts do nothing for the album or Britney’s credibility as a singer/artist. They just seem needless to me. They especially make no sense as at the time Britney said that she was trying to give a maturer sound and more serious album. Britney has not moved on since her first sophomore album and somehow manages to trick people that this album is more mature..in my opinion is no more mature than the first album if not less mature. Obviously allot of money has been placed into promoting this and hiding the flaws and cracks that are SO easy to see, the album lacks, seriously lacks! There are about two good songs on the album and the rest is samey, rushed and lacks depth. Themes of the album switch from the girl in love (One Kiss From You) to an array of songs packed with girl power Stronger, Oops! I Did It Again and (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction being the strongest offerings and I think these girl power songs that are going to sell the album although they are not the best material here but they target the intended
audience. There is some good material on here that had great potential it just wasn’t done well which is a shame. Britney's Spears voice may not be as Strong as Faith Hill or have as wide a range in terms of vocal talent as Christina Aguilera she still packs a punch into most of the songs although I find her voice rather out of sync with most of the songs. Disappointing was the computerisations of her voice in many of the faster tempo songs a memorable one being Stronger. Maybe they are trying to hide a bad voice? In my opinion it just made her voice worse and spoil the song. Most of the production was by Robert John “Mutt” Lange although this is nowhere near as good as Shania Twain’s offerings produced by the same man who also happens to be Shania’s husband. Also behind the individual music of each song is this brass bass line that does get slightly repeative and song spoiling as the album goes on. Mutt can do much better than this as shown on Shania’s album…rushed perhaps? I also find the songs lyrics are somewhat lacking depth. This can be strengthened as soon as I say one of the songs was written by Shania Twain and Mutt known for their fun lyrics “My friends say you’re so into me”. Also the lyrics seem to me to be rather childish Britney has obviously not grown up since her last album. The track listing is as follows: 1. Oops! I Did It Again 6/10 – ANNOYING brass bass line, childish talking part BUT catchy. Good for short term single success as it showed when it got to number 1 but not for the long haul, easily forgotten. 2. Stronger 5/10 – ANNOYING Brass bass line. Computerised voice, which in my opinion takes away the best of the voice that Britney has, which in my opinion is not, that mind blowing to begin with. 3. Don’t Go Knockin’ On My Door 5/10 - Brass bass line, computerised voice obviously added for eff
ect but does not add any credit to the song. Also in the background you can hear an “I’m telling you now” which sounds more like a strangled cat..i don’t know what the idea with that was but it’s certainly not Shania Twain’s own backing vocals on UP! that were clear and crisp. What were you thinking Mutt? Childish talking part to go into next track. 4. (I Cant Get no) Satisfaction 7/10 –beautiful intro, bass line fits well into music this time, her own voice raw..no signs of added production. Shame about added lyrics…”telling me what size skirt I should be wearing” I’m guessing they were added but for some reason I am certain Mick Jagger wouldn’t sing that! I also get the feeling from Britney’s vocals or should I say sounds that she’s trying to be too rock , “ah ha eh ah ha eh ah ha eh” at the end of every line plus a childish giggle at the end of the track to spoil a relatively good song. 5. Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know 7/10 – Mid-tempo (typical Mutt-Twain pace) they wrote this and it’s okay it’s no I’m Jealous – Shania Twain by a LONG, LONG shot! ANNOYING brass bass line can sometimes be forgiven on up-tempo songs but not this one. Britney’s voice doesn’t sound over produced or computerised though. 6. What U See (Is What You Get) 5/10 - ANNOYING brass bass line, childish! It’s You not U. Why do the lyrics mostly feature dancing? “I know you watch me while I’m dancing” she hasn’t learned from this with her recent Boys offering. 7. Lucky 4/10 – Big headed Britney comes into play, a famous girl who is always crying though she should be happy, cheesy talking part before track “hey it’s Brit, I’m not in right now so leave me a message…*giggles* I’m just kidding” Not only childish it’s cringe worthy..the preppy
guys right when he says “Brit you’re a nerd” next. This is just so childish…it’s boring and just CRAP! 8. One Kiss From You 5/10 - ANNOYING brass bass line, bad choice of backing music. Boring. Awful, un-thought out lyrics. 9. Where Are You Now 8/10 – Intro is good, for once the music does not overtake her voice. The music is softly gentle. NO brass bass line! There IS a god! Lyrics are not cheesy or childish. This is good. 10. Cant Make You Love Me 5/10 - ANNOYING brass bass line, NO intro, lyrics are so-so “I’m just a girl with a crush on you” but the rest seems acceptable. 11. When Your Eyes Say It 7/10 – GOOD intro, better backing sound, softer bass line although it’s on the borderline. I don’t like the vocal order on this track. But it’s GOOD. 12. Girl In The Mirror 7/10 – Thought out good lyrics, bass line during chorus is on the borderline of being overly brass AGAIN. Mid-tempo, backing music good. 13. Dear Diary 4/10 – PURE cheese, backing music good though, soft, gentle and soothing. Her voice actually sounds good on this, cant spot any added production on it. Just the lyrics are so CHEESY I cant bare to listen to it. This had so much potential. “Today I saw a boy and I wondered if he noticed me” ”today I saw that boy and I thought he smiled at me”. I had the original version but I have heard the bonus tracks. You Got It All brings back AWFUL memories of ANNOYING brass bass line, CRAP lyrics, and BAD production..rushed. Heart…FABULOUS! Lyrics, music, production…A TREAT! In my opinion this would be good for die-hard Britney fans or young teenagers.
Weezer's fourth studio album, the aptly-titled Maladroit, is (by a long way) the best album of 2002. I'm sorry I've written this in the complete wrong category. I've written opinions on every single Weezer file there is and I just couldn't help writing another opinion on this, feeling that my last one did not do any justice to this record at all. So, bear with me, because beloe you will find the most comprehensive look at an album dooyoo has ever seen. This is NOT a review, it is a THESIS. Enjoy ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------- Weezer have long been my favourite band of all time. Ever since I heard the jangly chord progression of Undone (The Sweater Song) and the worldwide charmer Buddy Holly, I complete fell in love with their wholly original style of music. The band, horrendously put down in today's music press, single-handedly created the geek-rock and emo genres with their eponymous debut album. Weezer (1994) was a worldwide hit, spawning three class singles and ten killer songs about love, rejection and having fun. In short, it is as close as any band have come in the last ten years to create a perfect fusion of grunge and Ramones-style punk. And then it all went wrong commercially with the band's sophomore album Pinkerton (1996). Reading some of the unjust reviews Pinkerton was getting back then (inclusding Rolling Stone's accolade for worst album of 1996), really makes me sick. It just shows how shallow and incredulous some critics are, failing to notice the raw beauty, uplifting slacker lyrics and memorable riffs that made, in my opinon, the best album ever made in the historyof mankind. So why did it fail? Well, for starters, it was just different from Weezer's debut- replacing happy harmonies with sad, sombre and often heartbreaking songs about denial, rejection and depression. I've never heard a single s
ong that can beat Pink Triangle's classic lyric: "If everyone's a little queer? Why can't she be a little straight! I'm dumb, she's a lesbian, I thought I had found the one, we would get married in my mind, but married in my mind's no good" So, what happened next. Well, after the commercial sophomore slump the band deserted Rivers in 1998 leaving him in his apartment, writing songs by himself. Since then all Weezer fans had been waiting for the follow-up to Pinkerton... They reunited in 2000 But before any progress could be made, original bassist Matt Sharp left and Mikey Welsh was drafted in and made his first appearance on the band's long awaited third album, Weezer (2001) (affectionately titled by fans, The Green Album). The record was a commercial wonder, putting Weezer back into the platinum leagues but that's not to say it was a big hit with fans. You see, on The Green Album the band hadn't really progressed- more regressed back into The Blue Album sound, except the sound of Green was far, far more polished and kept the grunge undetones to the bare minimum. The result was emotionally shallow, lyrically inept three minute pop wonders with beautiful tunes. It is, as "a-true-ben" nicely put it "the perfect pop album" and was what Weezer needed to set them back on the map. Within one year we have what is actually "the world's first interactive album". You see, demos for the then untitled Maladroit appeared on www.weezer.com back in December 2001 to see fan's reactions so the band would know what to work on. Hey, I even put my suggestions in and it all appeared on the album! It's just nice to know there are bands like Weezer out there that care about the fans and don't just want to make a quick buck. Just to see how this album has emerged from those initially grainy demos into this fully-fledged pop/punk masterpiece has been an in
spiration to all. So, is it Pinkerton Part Two? The answer is no... and yes, if you know what I mean. Lyrically, every track is deeprooted in the emotional anguish that littlered Pinkerton's ten tracks but musically it's just out there man- taking a bit of kitsch jazz, heavy metal, Pinkerton's sludgy riffs and The Blue Album's (Weezer's debut) melodic wonder. It would be fair to say it is Weezer second emotionally insecure album and while there are songs that hark back to the Pinkerton glory days, this is really a much more original effort. So leave all rational thought by the door, what Weezer have done is create an astounding "rawk!" masterpiece, a real mosh pit album (with a big heart). They've traded in happiness for insecurity and their wittiness is now being sundued by bitterness and a certain daft sense of humour. Lyrically, the album is touching and funny at the same time with lyric of the year going to Cuomo again with this amazing couplet from single Dope Nose: - "cheese smells so good on a burnt piece of lamb, fag of the year who could beat up your man" After Green's no-nonsense guitar solos that exactly mimicked the vocal structure, I yearned for a proper guitar solo (like on their first two records). And here we get them. So, while every song has an unforgettable (and sometimes derivative) riff, we also get these huge, bulky and often convoluted solos that usually overshadow the songs themselves. Indeed, songs like American Gigolo and Burndt Jamb's basic tunes are hugely complimented by complex, twin guitar solos with constant shredding and wailing. The guitar doesn't act as filler, it acts as a vital part of each Weezer song- without it, it would just feel wrong and there's no doubt Weezer are one of the only band who actually play these solos anymore (after Cobain exorcised them) and DAMN! do they play them good! The album is also a huge riff-fest,
bulging these bulky anthemic motherf**kers from all sides and what's better is that, unlike many other records, the riffs are hugely diverse- jumping genre again and again but still retaining THAT Weezer touch of originality. Songs like American Gigolo, Take Control, Fall Together and Possibilities are firmly rooted in the 1970's metal hey-day, mixing in daring and often unscrupulous riffs with a glamorous pop sheen.Songs like the singles Dope Nose and Keep Fishin', Space Rock, Love Explosion and December recall Weezer's debut album- all fuzz-box guitars and nice little pop symphonies. However, here there is that added touch. I mean, who else other than Rivers Cuomo could incorporate The Locomotion into the otherwise punkish song Love Explosion? The result is world-defying, a feat in popular music and is daringly different from anything else out there at the moment. I would rate it higher than Weezer's show staple Buddy Holly for originality, class and songwriting (but not for originality!). Hey, there's even a jazzy song- Burndt Jamb- that is different from anything Weezer have ever done. It boasts, a lovely little riff not tampered with by distortion (until later...) and has a beautiful Rivers falsetto singing another heartbreaking chorus ("make me happy for this one moment in my life") before it explodes into vitality with fuzz-box guitars and a huge wailing guitar solo. But, it's no surprise at all that the best songs on this wonder are the ones that would fit perfectly well on Pinkerton. And it's no surprise that they have the most morose titles- Death And Destruction, Slob, Space Rock and Slave. Death And Destruction is the only real ballad on this album, boasting what can only be called as a riff that collided Bach with Cobain's All Apologies. It's a nice little, meaty wonder before the real Pinkerton juices start flowing on show-stopper (and the best track on the album) Slob. Slob IS Pinker
ton, it has the spirit, the dazzling riff and the bitterness that made Weezer's sophomore album so great. The lyrics are bile spitting, life bashing couplets like:- "Leave me alone, I won't pick up the phone, and I won't listen to messages, sent by those who just get up to say, get yourself a wife, get yourself a job... don't be a slob" Slave is more of the same but with a much more heartbreaking theme. I haven't heard a single heart not warm on hearing the line "Love buried alive, in your arms... slave". It just fits that such a tragic line is mixed in with Weezer's most melanchloic tune to date. Space Rock, however, is a bit of a filler track- mixing in clash-style harmonics with Weezer's convoluted guitar solos. And that's it. It's original, it's diverse, it's lyrical genius, it has the Locomotion in it and the special edition cd comes with five bonus live tracks that you can play on your computer and two bonus tracks (Living Without You, Island In The Sun). I really cannot recommend this dazzling return to form high enough and with news of a b-sides and rarities cd, a DVD and album 5 all being released early next year, now is the right time to come to Weezerville. Chow Pinkertonisrad
I impulse purchased Oops! I Did It Again... after loving the first single. After the first few days I starting resenting my purchase, and barely ever listened to it. However, after buying her third album this year, which I thoroughly liked, I brought it back out, and now I don’t mind it actually. However, it is still no masterpiece. The first single released from the album is the classic “Oops! I Did It Again”. It is a typical Max Martin number, but alongside “Baby One More Time” it is her best tune. She sure does open her albums with her best. It is a perfect slice of pop, and after the annoying little Titanic skit in the middle, it really heats up in the final choruses. Next up we get the third single from the album, “Stronger”. Funnily enough, it is just like her third single from her debut, “Crazy”. A Max Martin style tune, that is as catchy as ever, but not as memorable as the lead off single. Still, it is another solid effort, and is in the top 3 songs on the album – along with the first and second singles. It is nothing we haven’t heard before, or 10 times before, but it is still a solid song. Track number three is “Don’t Go Knockin’ On My Door”. It is more of an r&b flavoured pop song, a bit different to typical Britney. It isn’t a fantastic track, but it is a good song, and could have been released as the final single, or maybe as a Double A side with the final single. A nice addition to the album, Britney is trying something new. “Satisfaction” is, obviously, a cover of the Rolling Stones. It hasn’t been done too well, but I don’t really see how she could better it. It is just rather, shall we say, boring. She really just shouldn’t have covered this song, and just left it as a “Rock Classic”. However, it isn’t that bad, just nothing to really shout about, or to keep you intereste
d. Certainly not single material. “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know” was the final single from the album. It didn’t do that well, sadly. It is actually a nice track, written by Shania Twain and her husband. It isn’t quite at the standard of “Born To Make You Happy”, but it shouldn’t have flopped like it did. A sweet ballad. Track six has been said to have been worth a single release, and I kind of agree. “What You See (Is What You Get)” is a strong track. But the problem is, it is just another Max Martin song. Sounding just like “Crazy”, “Stronger” and the rest. Having already released two of these from the album, this may not have been the best move for her. However, like its similar style tracks, it is a happy, catchy piece of pop, as usual. “Lucky” was the second single from the album, and knocked by many. However, I quite enjoy it! A catchy little number about a girl who cries as her fame and fortune isn’t fulfilling. It is Max Martin yet again, but with a slight ballad feel. Mix “Oops! I Did It Again” with “Sometimes” and you are somewhat there. Performed reasonably well worldwide. “One Kiss From You” is rather bland. Nothing here to keep me from skipping. A mid tempo track that just makes it way along in a boring fashion. I would like to say more, but I’ve only listened to it about twice, so can’t think of anything. Skipping track nine (I’ll explain later) and we come to “Can’t Make You Love Me”. A “Crazy” type song yet again, but it is done rather well. It has all the usual Max Martin factors – catchy, poppy, good beat and so on. Probably not single material, as “What You See (Is What You Get)” would be a stronger track to release instead. Now I skipped track 9, and I’ll skip the next 5 track. This i
s because after having this for more than two years, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to these tracks. They bored me so much up to the first chorus, I don’t think I gave many (or any) of them a chance. But they don’t deserve a chance. They are utterly boring songs. Which is a disappointment, as the album pretty much ends at track 10 for me. Britney tried writing the last track, and lets just say that her efforts on her third album are far better. Overall, I’ve given this album three stars. That is because it is a reasonable album. It is not a good album, just an acceptable one. Seven of the first ten tracks are at the level of “good” or “great” songs. The great songs being “Oops! I Did It Again”, “Lucky”, and “Stronger”. The other three in the first ten (“Satisfaction”, “One Kiss From You” and “Where Are You Now”) aren’t quite as bad as the final five, but are still skip worthy and bland. The last five songs just put you to sleep! Anyone who liked the singles should be moderately happy with this album, like I am. I don’t listen to it that much, but as I said, it does contain some classics. But what starts off as a solid album just turns bad after the first half, which is a shame. Thankfully, her third album is a really solid pop album, so she is improving.
If you stopped by my house, you would often hear me blaring out music from my bedroom, and if you are really lucky you might get the chance to hear my singing along to them too (my poor neighbours)! Well, this is one of the CD's in my collection, which I used to play continuously, but not so often now. TRACK LISTING 1) Oops! … I Did It Again (3.31) 8 out of 10 2) Stronger (3.23) 8 out of 10 3) Don’t Go Knockin’ On My Door (3.14) 2 out of 10 4) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (4.28) 10 out of 10 5) Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know (3.50) 4 out of 10 6) What U See (Is What U Get) (3.14) 7 out of 10 7) Lucky (3.25) 8 out of 10 8) One Kiss From You (3.23) 3 out of 10 9) Where Are You Now? (4.39) 10) Can’t Make You Love Me (3.16) 11) When Your Eyes say it (4.06) 12) Dear Diary (2.46) TRACK ONE – Oops!… I Did It Again This song is meant to be based about the captain of an imaginary space shuttle who has supposedly fell in love with Britney Spears. Britney has misled him into believing that she feels the same way and I guess that is where the title comes in. This is a fairly loud/noisy track, depending on whether or not you like the song. The video is set on the moon and she is wearing a skin tight, red leather cat suit. The dance moves seem quite easy to learn and the moves look good too. TRACK TWO – Stronger This sings very different from all her others so far and she has a change of image which didn't last long though. There is also another choon sung by another American female artist, which reminds me of this. I can't remember much about it but I do know that they both released the singles at around the same time. It includes the lyrics 'Here I go, on my own, don't need nobody, better of alone.' this reminds me of some of her more recent songs which have all been about her indepe
ndence and showing that she is growing up. The music and effects are very over the top and dramatic with the added lightening effect now and again. TRACK THREE – Don’t Go Knockin’ On My Door This is one of those songs which stays in your head for hours, even if you don't particularly like it, and irritates the hell out of you. I can live listening to it every now and then, but often feel the urge to skip to the more lively and exciting ones. This is more like some of her early slushy songs and is a little repetitive and tiresome. TRACK FOUR – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction This song is my favourite. As far as I know, it has not been released as a single but it is a really cool song which is great to listen, sing and dance too, all at the same time if your feeling energetic. It starts off calm and slow then picks up a pretty fast pace and carries it throughout the whole song. I love making up groovy dance moves and singing my heart out whenever I play this song. The only thing I would say is that my Grandad couldn't even understand what the lyrics were and kept complaining about the loud noise, whoops! TRACK FIVE – Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know This is another boring romantic song with those impossible-to-reach notes. The video is set on a tropical beach with sun, sea and sand. Britters is wearing a cute belly top with matching white trousers (I think) and doesn't do much dancing in the vid. All she seems to do is just sit around wearing little bikini tops and staring lovingly at her boyfriend. This is one that I tend to turn off, as it makes me want to throw up! TRACK SIX – What U See (Is What U Get) This song is just made to make you feel good about yourself and I think it has a kind of girl power theme added in too. It's cross between Spice Girls, Destiny's child, and of course, Britney herself. The music is very upbe
at and one to wake you up on those mornings when you feel that you just want to lie in bed all day. A lot of the song has background singers in, which I feel makes the song more powerful and alive. TRACK SEVEN – Lucky This is a song, which shows two different sides – the fans and the movie star’s. Britney plays Lucky the film star and tells the story as her. The song tells us that Lucky is very lonely, "And she cries, cries, cries in her lonely heart thinking, if there's nothing missing in my life, then why do these tears come at night?" This has been number one and is brilliant to listen to, the video is great and her costumes are absolutely brilliant. TRACK EIGHT – One Kiss from You This is a pretty poppy song, which is sung, in typical Britney style. Although I don’t like this tune that much, I will say that the lyrics in the song are clear, and easy to remember, But beware, there are some hard to reach high notes! I don't think there is really much I can say about this song really. TRACK NINE – Where Are You Now? This song starts slow, but speeds up after time. It is extremely boring and I don’t really like it. It doesn’t reach Britney’s usual standard, I have to say. This is definitely one to fast forward on your tape recorder, or skip on you Compact Disc player. I haven't heard this one for over a year now and wouldn't want to either! TRACK TEN – Can’t Make You Love Me I’ve not much to say about this song, only that it’s speedy and some of the lyrics are quite moving. Once I’ve stopped the CD, the only bit I can remember is the chorus. It's hardly very dancy and doesn’t exactly ant you to make you jump of your chair to to dig some moves. I'd rather they replaced this with the song 'We love rock and roll' which is from her first ever movie, Cross
roads. TRACK ELEVEN – When Your Eyes Say It The words to this song are simple, and the tune sounds like a lullaby. There is no way this song would be a major hit if it were ever sold as a single, unless it had an interesting song on the other side. This is one to play if you of your kids are having trouble getting to bed; it makes me want to drift off even when I am in a really active and alert mood! TRACK TWELVE – Dear Diary This starts with Britney gossiping with her friends, but then changes, so she is writing entries in her diary. She tells her diary her deepest thoughts, feelings and desires, shame we don't hear about them really, that would be well interesting! Dear Diary gets high pitched in places, but I think there’s more talk in it than singing. OVERALL Personally, my favourites are Oops…I Did It Again, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction and Stronger. Most of them are good songs, but I would miss out tracks nine and eleven. The album is quite good value for money, but would be even better if it had the best tracks from this album and her latest album combined. Hope this helps, Littlepenguin :)
When Baby...One More Time came out, I was free of all media-biased influences regarding Ms. Spears. I actually enjoyed the first cd tremendously. From the first, suggestive single Baby...One More Time to the sweet tune of Sometimes. Yes, it was 100% pop with little originality. That's ok - no complaints here. Over the past year, two things have influenced me NOT to want to like her music. First, her overexposure in the media. Literally, she has taken over the tabloids as the new reigning cover queen. Did she or didn't she (get a boob job)? Is she or isn't she (dating Justin Timberlake)? Second, I went to one of her concerts. I had certain expectations: a) She would sing b) She would sound somewhat like her cd c) She would put on a good performance. Unfortunately, I was disappointed on all three fronts. With all this said, part of me was anticipating the release of this second cd. When I heard that the title was going to be, Oops, I Did It Again, all I could think was, the title was stupid and her management team was out of control <g>. Then, I heard the first single, Oops, I Did It Again. First reaction? Disgust. Sadness. Confirmation of fears. Enough time has passed between the release of the first single and the cd. I've listened to the entire cd several times and I feel like I'm ready to tell you the skinny of what you can expect. Bottomline, I'm disappointed. It's okay. Some tracks are good, some are not. I was much more impressed by the first cd. She put in too much production and not enough of her real voice. Observations: What's with all of the talking going on at the beginning and the middle of some of the tunes? Britney, I know you can sing! I've heard you sing back in the MMC days and you sound fine without all of the electronic stuff around to muddle your voice. Tracks Oops!...I Did It Again The first time I heard this song I wondered, did they just take Baby.
..One More Time and You Drive Me Crazy (the Stop Remix) and just remix it??? At first listen, I was disappointed and didn't like it. Thanks to Top 40 radio play, it's grown on me. What's the song about? Britney being a tease of course :). It's a catchy tune penned by pop master Max Martin, however, there are a couple of irritating facts about it. First, in the middle of the song there's some hideous misplaced "talking". The object of her teasing brings back the necklace as featured in the Titanic movie. You just want to say Britney, that's stupid and SO yesterday. Second, you would think that her first release would be something you could dance to. The dance level is low - nothing to get all excited about. Grade: C+ Stronger Gawd please help us - let this not be her second release. Another tune written by Max Martin, I hear overtones of Ace of Base and Sheena Easton. Premise of the song - I'm better off without you, I'm the bionic woman, leave me alone <g>. Dancability? A little better than Oops but not by much. Grade: C- Don't Go Knockin' On My Door Can you say Destiny's Child? Can you say P!NK? Okay, you may not be familiar with P!NK. This song attempts to have more a hip-hop feeling to it. The beginning sounds like Destiny's Child, Say My Name. Another Max Martin & company tune, so far, the best listen of the cd. It makes you want to move - you pay little attention to the lyrics although if you did, you would hear Britney tell you that she is better off without you. Grade: B (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction On so many levels, I dislike this song. First, the listener is subjected to Britney's 16 year old antics. She's talking to a friend about how her boyfriend thinks she's so high maintenance. The girlfriend agrees and Brit-babe is shocked. Second, she launches into this Rolling Stones remake. Gack! When I let my husband first hear this, he laughed so
hard, I thought he was going to pee his pants. She attempts to be throaty and all sexual. It comes across as something out of a cheap peep show. Really, she could have done SO much better. Britney - I know you worship Madonna as a role model, but just because she screwed with a classic (American Pie), doesn't mean that you have to jump on the same bandwagon! Grade: F Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know The intro to this song has an oriental sound to it. Remember From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart? Her first love song/ballad on the cd. It sounds similar to that but just throw in some strings in the background. Although you get the marketing idea that this wants to be a "prom" song, it misses the mark. Written by the infamous Mutt Lange and his lovely wife Shania Twain. Grade: C- What U See (Is What U Get) If you liked You Drive Me Crazy, then mostly likely, you'll like this song. She even does a couple of rants during the pauses in the song - eh eh. It's too bad though, that they didn't turn up the speed on this. Maybe they'll come out with a good remix version on this. This sounds to me like a definite release. Grade: B Lucky This song took me by surprise. Yes, it's a tad bit irritating at the beginning when Britney tells you that it's a song about Lucky. The musical style is in the style of mid-60 girl groups like The Supremes. You can't help but wonder if the song is a bit autobiographical. A little different sound from Max Martin. Maybe he ran out of his old ideas and came up with this? The song is incredibly catchy and as long as you ignore the beginning spoken stuff, you'll like it a lot. Possible release as a single but would be late in the cd's life. Grade: B+ One Kiss From You The great thing about this song is that it doesn't annoy you. Written by Steve Lunt, it's different from the typical Max Martin song but sounds like every other generic I-Wa
nt-You-Song. Too bad you can't dance to it. Grade: C Where Are You Now What I can't figure out about this cd, is how they made the decision to put the tracks in the order that they ended up in. Typically, your best material is in the first half. What I'm finding here is that most of the good material is in the second half. I definitely see this romantic/love ballad as a solid release for her. Love sick girls of all ages will enjoy this tune. Guess who it's written by? You got it. Mr. Martin. Grade: B Can't Make You Love Me The absolute best tune on this cd. It's the typical song I was looking for from Britney on a second cd release. I really loved the stop remix of You Drive Me Crazy and this follows in the same tradition. I'm just a girl with a crush on you. Dancability is high - in fact - makes you want to get up and dance. If you sit still for this, you're probably not alive. Jive, this was the single you should have released first! Grade: A When Your Eyes Say It Sooner or later, Diane Warren was bound to show up on a Britney cd. She's penned songs for every other pop act. There is a half-attempt at making this have a R&B sound to it. I'm bothered by it. The music, the lyrics, and her voice all cause cognitive dissonance for this listeners ears. It's not too offensive but it fails to leave a mark on you. Grade: C Dear Diary Britney wanted to join on the bandwagon - she attempted to write something on her cd. Dear Diary is unfortunately, lame. Britney wants to waiver between being a 16 year old innocent and a 30 year old she-woman. Grade: D
'Oops! I Did It Again' is an all time pop classic from produced the great Max Martin who also works with the fabulous BSB, this is Brit's second album and is by far a massive improvement from 'Baby One More Time'. Brit has matured into an aggressive music-loving teenager and pop is definitely her forte so sit back, hold on tight and enjoy the ride. The album opens up with the amazing # 1 title track Oops! I Did It Again This thunders in with horns and engines and whatever else your imagination can conjure up and if you have seen the video I am sure there will be a spaceship or two in your thoughts, Brit finally declares to us she is not all that innocent! Is this a secret message? Who knows? Stronger She sure is that again another song that sees Brit throw out those amazing vocals and the sexy husky parts we all love, this has BSB 'Larger Than Life' all the way through it, but is definitely a classic Britney track that would do brilliant if a single! Don't Go Knockin' On My Door This is Brit's first attempt on the album at R&B and she is very good at it as well, although the words to the song are a bit poor it has a great bass line and the vocals are good, just a pity it goes no where! (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Well it is unimaginable that the innocence of Britney could deal with such a rock song, 'Rolling Stones'? Wahey they must have been impressed with this, it is absolutely amazing a very funky soul version that makes the 'Stones' look so tame. Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know Imagine falling in love with someone so badly that you did not know that they were in love with you, well this is for you. Britney gives us the first ballad from the album and it is beautiful, breaking her heart because all she wants to hear you say is I love you, Oh My God I am almost in tears here... Be
autiful!! What U See (Is What U Get) Back to funky R&B and this one has more body to it this time and words that have a meaning to them and a story, it could do well as a single but then again appropriate as an album filler. Lucky Single # 2 from 'Oops!' and this is my fave Brit song of all time, I really think she is telling us a true story here, this is what the wee lass has to endure daily, is she trying to tell us she has had enough? She has been rather quiet since the release of this? Is our Brit so sad or does she enjoy the fame?? One Kiss From You This is back to ballads and it sounds very like 'Toni Braxton' and is more of a heart breaker than 'Last To Know' and firmly establishes that Brit is good at the old tear jerkers, but it still has the distinct sound of 'BSB' in there somewhere. Where Are You Now Another ballad and this one is so haunting and sounds very like 'Celine'. Starting of nice and soft then getting stronger all the way as Brit's heart opens up to us all pleading to know where her love has gone. A bit tame but after a few listens, you appreciate the beauty of this one. Can't Make You Love Me Back to the 'BSB' sound again that is more probably a Brit sound now, as this album is full of that huge funky bass line and thundering chorus. Brit's in love in this one but now that she is famous, she is finding hard to find the right one! When Your Eyes Say It All Saints, All Saints oh no it is our princess Brit, but this is so like 'Never Ever' you could almost mistake it, a poor attempt for Brit but works good on the album. Girl In The Mirror Another ballad, which now makes it overkill. It seems if they are just put on to make the album a bit longer and value for money, although this one is actually quite good and tells a lovely story, that a mil
lion young teenage girls all over the world can surely relate to it. Dear Diary Guess what? Yeah another ballad and this one is just dire, I skip it all the time, screeching high vocals from our normally courageous and feisty Pop Goddess, another filler that there is no need for a total let down for a classic album.
I have this pop-music fantasy where Vlasic pickles signs on to sponsor Britney Spears' upcoming tour. In exchange for bankrolling part of her summer extravaganza, the pickle people get to unfurl a new product called — what else? — Britney Spears. The deliciously scandalous thing about them, though, would be that they're not "brand new" at all: They look and taste exactly like the Vlasic pickles of old. Which would only be fitting, seeing as how Ms. Spears' new album does sound exactly like her last one. Before you cry rip-off, though, keep in mind that today's teen pop is infinitely more self-conscious than the teen pop of old. (To my knowledge, neither Claudine Clark nor Debbie Gibson ever sang as if holding on to their market share was looming in the mix.) On the remarkable first single, "Oops! ... I Did It Again", La Brit hits us, baby, one more time with "... Baby One More Time"; this thing's almost a freakin' remake. But if you take it merely as a tale of how she constantly leads guys on, then you probably can't hear the sarcasm in a line like "But to lose all my sense, that is just so typically me." Oops nothing! This girl knows exactly what she's doing. "... Baby One More Time" sold millions for her, and naturally she's going to do it all over again and sell millions more. As she sings, "I'm not that innocent!" So call it a meta-rip-off and put it in its rightful place alongside such other shrewd, calculating viruses as Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" and the Backstreet Boys' "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." And girlfriend doesn't stop there. After all, she has no intention of relinquishing her position at the top any time soon. So, first, she's "Stronger" than yesterday; then she tells you "Don't Go Knockin' on My Door"; and finally, in her supreme act of hu
bris, she takes on — yes — the classic misogynist rock 'n' roll anthem, the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction (I Can't Get No)." And under them all is that same "... Baby One More Time" formula: tight four-on-the floor drumbeats, bass popping on the one, various orchestral hits and vocalist Spears providing the high end. Devotees of 12-bar blues owe it to themselves to pick apart how thrillingly she imprisons herself in this format. The only problem is that, like 12-bar blues, this type of formalism can get wearying over a full-length album. With all the imagination of a great blues artist, she varies the rigidity with a sultry Janet Jacksony intro to "Satisfaction", a bassline that sounds like it's singing doo-wop on "Lucky," and plenty of choreography-ready stops and starts. Still, clever scheming gives way to depressingly samey-sounding after the halfway mark — and she still hasn't figured out how to make her ballads interesting. "Dear Diary", for instance, is so undistinguished that it ends the album in a practically inaudible smear of schmaltz. Still, even at their crassest, teen poppers are more outrageous and fun — and at the very least, more pleasing to look at — than the modest mice of indie-grunge ever are (were?). Britney gets the edge over such divas-in-training as Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson because she sort of combines the best of both worlds: drive and ambition laced with honesty and an admirably modest appraisal of her vocal and musical limitations. And anyone who pulls off such a one-of-a-kind mix deserves her one more time one more time.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Oops!, I Did It Again
3 Don't Go Knockin' On My Door
4 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
5 Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know
6 What U See (Is What U Get)
8 One Kiss From You
9 Where Are You Now
10 Can't Make You Love Me
11 When Your Eyes Say It
12 Girl In The Mirror
13 Dear Diary