Britney Spears- Femme Fatale: Album Review

March 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

Britney Spears is back & is ready to bust through your airwaves! Femme Fatale, Spears’ seventh studio album, was released today with much anticipation. Many have stated that the superstar was making a grand comeback, but in my eyes she was never gone. With the album’s techno bass-driven sound that we usually attribute to the pop star, this album proves just that. With collaborations with mega-producers Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Will.i.Am, and more, this album is a pop music fan’s dream. Britney keeps her audience satisfied with club-dance songs like “Till The World Ends”, an electro-heavy track that is best paired with neon glow sticks and a cocktail in hand. Bubbly tracks like “I Wanna Go” are filled with infectious bridges infused with synths similar to those of Deadmau5 and Benny Benassi.

Spears, never one to shy away from sex appeal, expertly uses her voice to drip oohs, ahhs, owws, and purrs that create a steamy veil over the dance-pop record. But, the album fails to highlight the distinctive & sultry-throaty voice that is Britney Spears. Contrary to popular belief, the 29-year old artist CAN carry a tune (See “Soda Pop” from …Baby One More Time & “When I Found You” from Britney) Her voice digitized, stretched, chopped, and auto-tuned, Femme Fatale tends to mask the popstar in an unforgiving way, ultimately transforming her into a fembot. Yet Britney becomes human again with her breakout single “Hold it Against Me” and the album stunner “Inside Out”, both successfully delving into the modern technique of dubstep. Another track that stands out is “Don’t Keep Me Waiting”, an electric guitar-driven bonus track that almost seems out of place on Femme Fatale, as it throws away the synthesizer and focuses on instrumentals and voice alone.

Femme Fatale tries to pick up where 2007’s Blackout left off, but it struggles to live up to that incredibly underrated dance record. Being a dedicated fan ever since the beat of …Baby One More Time” dropped, I do believe Femme Fatale is a solid record that showcases sonic techniques and suggestive lyrics that only Britney is capable of. While this album isn’t her best, Britney Spears proves she’s still the reigning Princess of Pop.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Songs on Repeat

“Inside Out”

“Criminal”

“Trouble for Me”

“Gasoline”

“Up n’ Down” (Deluxe Edition)

Songs to Skip

“Seal It With A Kiss”

“(Drop Dead) Beautiful”

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