Britney Spears: Femme Fatale
It is no secret that Britney Spears has been through a
rough couple of years. What with battling bipolar disorder, being under
conservatorship and custody entanglements, all under the ruthless lens of
Hollywood, many of her fans thought that the old, free-spirited, In the Zone Spears would never grace
their music players again. After the release of her recent, auto-tuned mess of
albums Blackout and Circus, the trepidation and
apprehension surrounding the release of her 7th studio record, Femme
Fatale, was completely understandable.
You might want to get your critical thinking caps off,
because Britney Spears just put these doubts to acute, incontrovertible shame. Femme
Fatale is the comeback album every hardcore devotee has been waiting
for, and the perfect introduction to the new Miss Spears for any prospective
The most noticeable, and arguably the best, part about Femme
Fatale is the return of the sassy, breathy-sexy Britney vocals that
we all love. The vocal processing and auto-tune is far less noticeable on this
record than on her two previous, post-meltdown albums. Instead of masking her
voice, they compliment it in a way that is guaranteed to make the listener
raise an impressed eyebrow, if not both. Her vocals come off as more confident
and strong, as opposed to the sleepy, nonchalant way she used to sing in Blackout and Circus, providing
listeners with this new, fierce and in-your-face idea of the southern pop star.
It is quite clear from the beginning that Spears’s aim
with this album was to get her listeners out on the dance floor, dancing and
working up a sweat till they see the sunlight. Femme Fatale is
riddled with thumping bass lines, intense, grinding beats and catchy lyrics
that will surely make you want to get up and dance/sing along.
track, ‘Till the World Ends’ is
guaranteed to become a dance floor anthem this summer, along with the single, ‘I Wanna Go’. Catchy as these songs
may be, tracks like ‘He About To Lose
Me’ and ‘Inside Out’
might appeal more to listeners, since their lyrics speak on a more personal
level as opposed to the ‘get-on-the-dance-floor’ theme of the afore mentioned
Needless to say, some of the songs featured are not that
powerful and do not fit with the overall feel of the record. ‘Trip to Your Heart’ is this sweet,
melodious ballad that is almost dull and monotonous, and the song ‘How I Roll’ is not as alluring as the other tracks.
This summer will witness a new era of Spears on the music
industry, and while this album may stick heavily to her pop, electro roots, it
will surely satisfy a wide range of tastes. Whether you need a quick pick me up
on your way to work, or provide electrifying, mood setting music on the beach,
expect to hear Femme Fatale blasting
through the speakers on a lot of dance floors this summer!