When Britney’s Gimme More leaked on August 30th, 2007 co-writer & Producer Danja’s spoken end verse The legendary Ms. Britney Spears would become one of the most recognisable verse lyrics in pop history.
At the time, the verse couldn’t come at a more turbulent time in the singer’s life. Legendary Britney was indeed, but more for the turbulences in her private life, than her music. Since, Britney’s proven to be a survivor. No one could possibly predict the singer was set to make a spectacular return with a highly successful Las Vegas residency, and more recently guest appearances, which she’s throughly enjoying this time around, all in aid to promote her brand new album, Glory, the ninth in her career.
To be honest, Britney had a lot to make up for. In November 2013, her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, was met to lukewarm response. Initially claimed as her most personal to date, Britney’s own words, the album was slaughtered, for just that; The lack of a personality. It’s a mistake Britney wasn’t prepared to make again. For Glory, she took her time and got involved with the project more as well. With result.
Hauling in a range of new names of producers and writers for the project, Britney’s 9th studio album feels warmer and more personal than ever before.
She wasn’t wrong when she announced it would be more urban. The sultriness of album opener, Invitation and current lead single Make Me (ooh), marks the start of a new Britney era; An era of thinking out of the pop box, exploring new music genres, and therefore also adapting her voice. But there’s also a nudge back to the early Britney work. Her most recent buzz track Do You Wanna Come Over catapults you right back to 2004, when Spears’ career gave us, one of her biggest hits to date, Toxic. It’s a brushed up nostalgic throwback. You better work, bitch? She sure did.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As Britney Jean proved, there are times, the lyrics to some of new Britney era, proves to be hit and miss, leaving a bit of a clumsy impression, due to the repetition of either the same word or a same sentence. At least when you hear it first time around. (Yes we look at you, Clumsy and Private Show). Especially beat drenched Clumsy could have done with better lyrics, I found personally. Production wise it’s spot on, though.
But we’ll let Britney off the hook. She has been working very hard on bringing us a collection of fun Britney tracks. It’s not as cohesive as Blackout but if you compare Britney’s music legacy since 2009, Glory is ultimately the best she’s done since.
Glory is out now. Buy the album here or stream on Spotify.
If you can’t find enough of Britney, check out her appearance on James Corden’s Karaoke Pool below:
Britney’s returning for a live performance to the Video Music Awards, tonight.