So… the past four albums, I have given Britney album reviews. Everyone knows I love her to death, making me a little biased. But, I do these very honestly. I have a strong passion for music, and I don’t want to trick people into listening to something just because it’s Britney. Although, in a perfect world… it’d be Britney every day. =]
Britney Jean has been minimally marketed as her most personal album yet. To me, this is incredibly true. She sat down, worked with various people to take part in writing every single song. She shows vulnerability in almost every single song. The album is also pretty simple, which… I think reflects who Britney is.
She is the modern day Queen of Pop. But, Britney really is just Britney Jean. She is a mom, a sister, a daughter and in her mind…. Britney Spears, the living legend in pop culture, is just her job. It’s how she makes a living for herself by doing what she loves; this album shows how real she is. It really is the thing her fans have all been waiting for.
This is one of her best opening songs for an album. This song sets us up for the vulnerability of the rest of the album. The intro music is mysterious and memorable, in a millennial sort of way. But, even her opening lyrics leave a mark:
There was a time I was one of a kind
Lost in the world out of me, myself and I
Was lonely then like an alien
And although there has been animosity in the stan world of Britney (auto tuning and such), this track is evocative and unforgettable. It definitely will get stuck in your head.
At first listen, I was a little annoyed with the “not alone, not alone, not alone” sequences. But, it fits. It gets stuck in your head, and the most recent edit to the song mixes the repetitiveness up a bit to make sure it isn’t annoying.
This is also a great track to begin with because it lets the listener know… Britney can sing, and she ain’t messin’ around. Homegirl still has it.
And Britney, if you ever happen to read this. There are a million people out there feeling alone in a crowd. But, chica… you are not alone. Your fans have your back 100 percent. Hopefully, the People’s Choice Awards will prove that.
I think the placement of putting this song after Alien is a little funky, but hey… the Queen does what she wants.
This is a song that deserves much more credit than what it has gotten. And honestly, I think media really tried giving it attention. But, it has the word “bitch” in it… which really hurt its radio presence. This song definitely does not have the same affect without the word “bitch.” So, let’s just get this out of the way.
British-ney is back. And aside from what everyone says about this song… it is nothing like Scream & Shout. There is no will.i.am, it is all Britney. And damn, isn’t she a bad ass? This song is forceful and sultry all at the same time. It’s a song that makes you want to move and do something with your life:
You wanna Lamborghini
Look hot in a bikini
You better work bitch
I don’t know about you, but this gives me ambition. Even though the song is lyrically simple… she uses a British accent to make it more difficult. That, right there, proves how much work ethic this woman has.
She sends small chills with her “ahh-ahhh’s” right before going into each verse. This only foreshadows how much of a smasher this song should really be.
The beat, alone, is pretty sick. It’s very dancy, very gay club friendly and I am pretty sure every man is having a terrible time trying to put together Brit’s dance moves.
The lyrics do get jumbled, and you may have to go to look up the lyrics to actually figure out what her bloody accent be sayin’. But, once you figure it out… you’re like, “Duh, I am an idiot.”
Best part of the song? I think we can all agree:
Go call the police
Go call the governor
I bring the trouble
Don’t mean to trouble y’all
I make the gov-ah-nuh
Call me the gov-ah-nuh
I am the bad bitch
The bad bitch you’ll never know (or lovin’ on—I really don’t know how a person tells)
I absolutely love the intro to this song. It is incredibly tasteful and 100 percent original. The child giggles make the song that much more haunting. And it reminds me how amazing Britney’s producers (will.i.am, William Orbit, Dr. Luke, Anthony Preston, etc.) really are.
Not only that, but one of my favorite song writers was in on the deal: Sia. And, from the moment Britney opens her beautiful mouth… you realize it. It is a little reminiscent of Diamond… except, I think it’s better:
Do I imagine it, or do I see your stare
Is there still longing there?
Oh I hate myself, and I feel crazy
Such a classic tale….
…I want to believe
It’s just you and me
Sometimes it feels like there’s three
of us in here baby
This lady is gonna mark her territoooooorrrrry for sure. However, I think the way the song was amped up by Britney’s management and producers really disappointed the Britney stans. It wasn’t as raw as we all hoped.
But, truth is… the general public is loving it. It’s currently rising in popularity on the radio, and could possibly make it to top ten once the music video premieres. It is already rising little by little on Billboard Charts.
I think the Britney Army also is underestimating her voice in this song. Perfume takes me back to Brit’s very first era… It’s a mix of I Will Be There, Thinkin About You and her more recent Trip To Your Heart.
So, Britney… maybe there are three, but I most definitely believe in this song. It has a lot of heart.
It Should Be Easy (ft. will.i.am)
I have a feeling this song will be a single at some point. And… that’s OK. Just like Brit’s return to robo-Britney. In this song… it fits. I think it fits because it’s ironic.
Love should be easy… but it’s not. The concept of it being easy is sort of robotic. We don’t factor in the baggage and outlying issues when jumping in head first:
You bring me sin
Yes, you bring me sin
You make me feel like a million, billion
I’ll let you in
But don’t you break my heart
Don’t you rip me apart
No, don’t you rip me apart
The bass guitar in this song gives it the edge necessary for radio. When it starts getting all electric, my ears cry just a little. Then, I remember it’s a song produced by and featuring will.i.am. And, that isn’t a very good excuse to like the song… but, the lyrics and the collab itself are.
Britney and will.i.am are an awesome duo. It’s not only good for his career, but it has opened Britney up so much as to even create this album. And honestly, I think it has helped homegirl gain her confidence back.
Baby, love, it should be easy
It shouldn’t be complicated
It should be easy
I don’t know how else to say it
…. You don’t know how I feel.
This song is a huge tribute to that fact, and I hope people fall in love with it as much as I have.
Tik Tik Boom (ft. T.I.)
OK guys… my homo friends. You’re probably gonna hate me, but… I don’t love it. It is almost my least favorite song on Britney Jean, to be honest.
This song probably should have been a bonus track on Blackout. The music is a little dark and very EDM. Her voice is a little too chipmunky for me. Especially at the very beginning and the main part of the chorus:
You’ve got a sex siren in your face
Let me get upon it…
Talk dirty to me, babe
Every time I want it…
Baby, make me
Tick tick tick tick tick tick boom
Although the lyrics are Blackout Britney, the music is kind of lame. I just think she deserves a little bit better. I think if it had an additional beat mixed in… like from the Harlem Shake, we may have a deal. I hate the little “pew pew” sounds randomly throughout the chorus. Reminds me a little of the chirps in Hot As Ice.
It does sound better than the demo, apparently made for PCD, but it really is a poorly produced song and Britney Jean could’ve done without it.
But… what makes the song bearable (aside from it just being Britney), is the break after the intro. Her voice fits flawlessly:
Hush, please no more games
No more of the same thing
Been thinking maybe could it
Make me scream his name
And give me the right aim
Boy, can you tame these goodies?
And I know this song has T.I. in it… which makes the song better… but… We need another rapper. Maybe even Nicki Minaj, to be honest.
It is missing something, and I wish I could tell you exactly what it is. But, you should take a listen and figure it out for yourself.
Now see, this song is missing a little bit of what Tik Tik Boom has and vice versa.
Again, I am not a huge fan of the actual music. It sounds a little tinny and similar to garageband products. I honestly think this is my least favorite track on the album. But, Body Ache has a cool robo-bridge that repeats “you make my body ache.”
The song has a nice concept, because it resembles Britney and what she loves to do:
I wanna dance till my body ache
A little bit longer
Turn you on, make you radiate
A little bit stronger
I wanna dance till my body ache
Show you how I want ya…
Till my body ache
I respect the tribute to dancing, but I feel like that is what this is—a club-thumper. But, hey… next time I go out… my body will be all over this song.
Til It’s Gone
Uh… single three please? In fact, it’s already been chosen as the next European single.
This is one of my favorites. This is the classic Britney we saw from her second era… singing to everyone she is stronger than yesterday. And apparently, this still holds true. But, she gets vulnerable in this song while strutting her stuff. I mean… her voice is killer!
I try every night to turn the page
But daylight, can’t confine me to a cage
In my mind, the life we had replays
Now everywhere I turn I see your fa-a-ace
‘Cause you ca-a-a-me
And you g-a-ave me a pla-a-ace
Place to lay-ay-ay, all the pay-ay-ane
Why you ta-a-ake it aw-a-ay?
It is vulnerable, but the beat to the song is hot. Very rhythmic. I see a music video at a club… Toxic/Womanizer-esque escapades and transformations. Like… this could be one sexy kick in the balls to Justin Timberlake. So… there’s that.
Anyway… my only harsh critique is that the ending is not complete. It needs to stop at “gone.” Period, period. Minus the last period. Because the echoing makes the song feel like it isn’t complete.
I know the echoing could have a hidden meaning… but think of the ears. Our minds are the last thing to worry about, because this song already pisses on every other pop song on the radio. Just end it.
Brit, amazing chops, baby doll. I love it.
So, I haven’t told you my favorite song (although, Til It’s Gone is very close) because… Passenger is my life. It is so incredibly beautiful. When it leaked… I cried, to be honest. Very, VERY happy tears. This song is phenomenal. And…. Britney Jean, you better choose this as the fourth mf single. K? K *smiley face*
I can’t let go of control
I can’t let go and not know
Don’t know the way you’re heading me
One day at a time is all I need
There was a time without trust
There was a time without love
But it took you to show me
I could handover the keys
And then she does this iconic “oh” before going into the chorus. Honestly, it makes me a very proud fan.
This also has a very pop/rock vibe to it. A genre Britney would do amazing at. This song proves her voice can handle it. It almost sounds raw through most of the song, and it’s the most beautiful thing I have heard her sing.
Like… this is my new all-time favorite. It’s remarkable, and I hope it eventually blows the radio up. This song alone should make the album sky rocket to number one on Billboard.
The road will twist and turn but
I know that I am in good hands
I’ve never been a passenger no
But we’ll see more without a map
Without a map…
And then onto my favorite part:
And now we’re finally falling
Cause I was giving you half now I’m all in
My hands in the air while you’re driving
This is living…
This song should lead way to the next album. I want more of this raw Britney—this spontaneity. Passenger is a huge stepping stone, and this song proves album nine will rock our world once again.
This would have been a better selection as track two. Alien and Passenger sound much better, side by side.
Chillin’ With You (ft. Jamie Lynn)
One word: adorable. Although the song sounds heavily produced, it is meaningful… because family is involved. Not far from the family tree, Jamie Lynn has some amazing chops as well.
I sang so loud that I smiled
I made it worth my while
I drank some white wine
Now I’m walking on the sky
I had the time of my life
Critics have really tore this song to pieces because of its construction. All I have to say is Ooh La La.
This song is constructed very similarly to Ooh La La, in my opinion. It goes from a normal singing speed to…
I’m chillin’, I’m chillin’
When I’m with you
And it sounds like this playful rap. I honestly like it. The guitar, the drums. It’s so sweet and simple… I just smile every time I hear it.
I just think whoever is working the auto tune needs to chill the fuck out.
Another great intro: electric keyboard and whistles from Foster the People. But… again, when Britney begins to sing, it’s like the golden gates to heave slowly open.
If they told me it’s over
I wouldn’t believe it
Because you know we both care
But we got to get over, over the mountain
We can’t keep standing, standing there
At this point, I am wondering what this song is about or who it’s even to. But then, Brit continues:
Let’s move on and be strong, girl
OK! So, it’s to herself? I think so. But, what is it about? IS THIS THE END FOR BRITNEY? NOOOOO!!!
Even though we can’t go
Let go, can’t hold on
When love’s broken
Oh, thank God it’s about love!
However, throughout the song… you keep wondering why this is the last song on the basic version of the album. It just makes it feel like she is saying goodbye to us. Well, girl… you ain’t done for at least another two years. HELLO VEGAS!
But in all seriousness, we get our Britney back. It sounds like a track from her album Britney. It’s the voice we have cooed over since 1999. It really is a wonderful song. However, it’s not very radio worthy. It’s too mellow. But, it’s a song she could sing live, no problem.
This is gonna be our last goodbye
Our love is gone, but I’ll survive
Hide my tears and dry my eyes
You don’t need to see me cry
But, I feel like if Britney did that, we’d actually see her cry. This song is a lot to handle.
Brightest Morning Star*
This song makes me feel so at peace. It is a song about God, Jesus… and what they’ve given her. I think this is a side no one has ever seen of Britney, except her family and close friends. She’s usually a sex kitten every man wants in their pocket. She is hot… but you know… she also believe in God.
I lift my hands and pray coz life’s tough some days
But I will not lose faith coz you will lead the way
These are some strong gospel lyrics, and she sings them so beautifully. I can literally go to church with this song. It makes me proud.
You’re my light when it gets dark
You’re always in my heart
You’re my brightest morning star
Some people were upset to hear this is a gospel song because they wanted it to be about her children. Thing is, if you’re a Christian… you often believe you have what you do because of God. This includes her children. This song is a wonderful role model for them, and it shows everyone what a wonderful mother she is.
She is so honest and brave lyrically. This song is sung in such a way that doesn’t push religion in your face. It rejoices.
Britney… it makes me love you even more (if that is even remotely possible).
Hold On Tight*
If I had to pick another slow song as a single, it would be this one. This is a song that really speaks to everyone, but I am sure she relates to it in another way. I would like her to someday explain what this song means to her because it has some powerful lyrics.
He comes to me in my dreams
And tells me what I need to know
He makes me feel so at ease
And guides me to the lights above
I just wanna fall into his arms tonight
Someone tell me I, I will be alright
Hold on tight
It almost could be another gospel song.
To me, this song means the most on the album because she said it was the first one she wrote. This is literally what started the album.
Britney said it didn’t match the album very well, and that’s why it’s a bonus track… But honestly, I think it fits almost perfectly (without Body Ache and Tik Tik Boom).
Her voice has so much emotion in this song; I could hardly handle it first listen.
And when it’s all the thunder and rain
The cinema is fading away
I gotta make my way through the night
Holding on with all of my might
And when I’m lost, and I can’t the find the way
I feel the pieces breaking away
Hold myself with all of my might
Don’t let go
Just hold on tight
Now That I Found You*
This song sounds like a sound track (to a documentary…. Hmmmmm).
On a shameless night
In a nameless place
I thought that love was a hopeless case till I found you (till I found you)
Lived a wasteful life in a hateful city
The world’s no love just pain and pity till I found you (till I found you)
Then the claps start (building up to Britney on stage).
And I don’t know how you saved me
And you don’t know what you gave me
And I don’t know how you saved my life
THERE’S MY GIRL!
I can see the light
I have flown away
I have come alive
I am blown away
I have found the love
I can see the truth
Now that I found, now that I found you
The music sounds a little Japanese or China garden-ish. But you know what? I’m down with that. That’s what makes the track a bonus track.
Again, her voice is strong—like it has been through almost the entire album. This is very “new-found Britney,” and I think the album could have ended with this track. Because honestly, the Perfume remix isn’t that great (it needs to be rawer and less echoey).
Random: I also like how she uses the word “hopeless” in its correct context, unlike her competitors. Thank you for being so damn intelligent, Britney. You have made yet another amazing freakin’ album.
As your biggest fan, I thank you so much; SO… so much!
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