One of the so-called Queens Of Pop of the new century is back with her 8th studio album featuring collaborations with Will I Am (is there any pop singer who’s not collaborating with him these days?) and T.I. “Britney Jean” is one of those pop-dance albums that will probably have hoards of teens dancing to it till they drop… but there is nothing that will make this record pass as a milestone of pop music. Will I Am’s rave stabs are all over the album, while songs like “Til It’s Gone” weakly wink at Daft Punk’s electronica. Spear’s voice (or whatever comes out of the magic of post-production processing) is as usual flat and annoying, while the melody of the ballads on the album sound dull, the lyrics are banal and although she has anticipated this album as “her most personal work ever”, it lacks personality on all levels. Britney has never delivered true masterpieces of course, considering the standards of her type of music, but while tracks like “Baby One More Time” or “Oops I Did It again” are part of pop music culture by now, the impression is that nothing will ever be remembered out of “Britney Jean”. It simply looks like the American singer and her collaborators fell short of ideas and wrapped an album that will more or less ensure heavy rotation in clubs and nothing more.
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