Britney Spears is everywhere; and everyone forgets she’s a singer after a troubling lifestyle under the media. Ever since 1998, Britney Spears has wowed and mostly shocked audiences with her performances and music. Circus is her sixth recording album came out this month with a record-breaking 505,000 copies in the United States in its first week. So what’s the verdict?
After her tumultuous lifestyle in the past two years, Circus provides a more personal record for the pop singer. While there a few impressive singles, many of the others are slow jams that bring down the ambiance of a dance comeback album. “Womanizer,” the first single, is wildly addictive while “Circus,” “Kill the Lights,” and “If You Seek Amy” carry the pop vibe, but songs like “Blur,” “Out From Under,” “Mmm Papi,” and “Mannequin” are reminiscent of her other previous singles that feel mellow and underachieved (Think a la “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”). For her sixth album, many of the songs feel sophomoric and less mature unlike her previous albums. Circus doesn’t feel like a comeback, but more of a personal journal. And that’s perfectly okay because her album reaches both audiences with the dance hits and the ballads.
My Rating: C+
In 2006, Britney Spears commented in People Magazine that the pop scene was “boring” and that her new music could “invigorate the current (scene).” Well, Britney was very ambitious and produced an album that far surpasses anything the music industry has ever heard before. Unlike the private impression of the Circus album, Blackout achieves more as a comeback album. After a vicious year under the public scrutiny with failed marriages and notorious breakdowns, Miss Spears proves to the world that she is still the undisputed princess of pop. Every song on the album is impressive and can be sold as a single. Her singles (“Gimme More,” “Pieces of Me,” “Break the Ice”) succeeds as testimonies of her craft as a dance artist while the rest of the album has a non-stop dance tone that reverberates through sex-kitten purrs moans, club banger instrumentals, and pure sinful pop. With “Radar,” “Heaven on Earth,” “Get Naked,” “Toy Solider,” “Freakshow,” “Hot as Ice,” “Ooh Ooh Baby,” and “Private Lover,” Britney matures out of her virginal pop image that once was the Mickey Mouse celebrity. Even her last song “Why Should Be Sad,” ends the album in a high note as the only slow ballad. Too bad after her garish performance of “Gimme More” at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, Britney did not want to promote the album. It’s a bold and exciting album that brings Britney to new heights after a troubling year.
My Rating: A+