Britney Spears released her latest self-titled album Britney Jean this week on the 3rd of December. Normally, whenever an artist releases a self-titled album, it signifies something. It makes an impact and when it comes at a time when the career of the artist is already at a fairly far point in the journey, albums of this type hint at a revival. They signify a new beginning and that’s exactly what Britney Jean seems to be doing.
Britney Jean is the eighth album released by Britney Spears. It is her second self-titled album, the first one being her third album which was released in 2001. According to Britney, Britney Jean is the record that she regards as her most “personal” one. This term signifies that this brief album, consisting of a total of 36 minutes, is more of an expression of her personal feelings and the way she looks at things, rather than just being a collection of songs and music.
The album is expected to recreate the same magical experience we had when Blackout was released, in 2007, which seemed to be a very critical turn in the career of the pop star. However this time Dr. Luke, who had a major role as a producer in the success of the two big time songs of the preceding album, is not there and neither is Max Martin. Still, will.i.am has acted in place of Dr. Luke. There are a total of ten songs in this album and seven of them are produced by will.i.am. He is the executive producer and his responsibilities include the direction and shaping of the songs on this album.
It seems like will.i.am created a role exclusively for Britney in this album. This is not something new for her, as she has been doing the act and losing ground in her own albums since the release of Blackout, which can be considered a bit tumultuous. Naturally, the most enjoyable moments are when the pop-stars are forced to the front and that is exactly the case with Britney Spears in this album.
The songs in this album are:
Now, this one is actually “personal” in the way she has been describing her album and she tells exactly how she feels about sometimes, not fitting in the picture. It is a good one and comes directly from the heart.
- Work Bitch:
The lead single conveys the message if you want to get the status everyone desires; you need to work very hard.
Well, it tells a story about the boyfriend who has been deceiving his girl and to even out the matter, the girl wears a perfume. If it is also personal, it is a great one.
- It Should Be Easy:
Seems like electrical instruments were used a lot in the singing and vocals. Still, it deserves at least a rating of 6 out of 10.
- TIK TIK BOOM feat TI:
This track seems to be out of scope of “personal” as long as a certain “Al” doesn’t hear it.
- Body Ache:
In the excellent rave piano, there is the ache Britney discusses about. One can assume she is discussing the knee surgery she had in the 90s. This song appears to be extremely personal.
- Till Its Gone:
“You don’t know about it till it’s gone” is not quite a new idea.
It is one of the three best songs on the album and it deserves to be!
- Chillin’ With You:
Jamie Lynn, Britney’s sister makes an appearance in this song and the two of them make quite a pair here.
- Don’t Cry:
This is also one of the best songs of the album and it is among those that automatically get into your routine playlist immediately after your first listen.