Femme Fatale review

One listen through Britney’s newest release Femme Fatale is all it takes to forget the career- blundering events of 2007 and remember her for what she is: a pop icon… and a damn sexy one, at that.

Femme Fatale is, above all, a testament to Brit’s ability to change with the times and evolve her songs with the ever-changing soundscape that is pop music. Not all that long ago (circa 1999) when our airwaves were filled with sugary, wholesome tunes like “Genie In A Bottle”, “I Want It That Way”, and “If You Had My Love”, Spears pounced on the scene with innocent schoolgirl allure and the unforgettable single “… Baby One More Time”. Fast forward 12 years and six albums later, and we’re listening to dubstep-drenched electro beats and highly worked-over vocal tracks; a complete 180, to say the least.

But it’s important to avoid the temptation to try to discover the underlying reason for Spears’ musical evolution. After all, one could spend days speculating how events such as two marriages, two divorces, the birth of two children, custody battles, religious confusion, and paparazzi nightmares would affect one’s creative energy. Instead, I suggest admiring Britney for her courage to not give up, to try something new, and to do it bigger and better than she’s ever done it before.

Hold It Against Me launched to millions after a month's worth of teasers.

The album’s first two singles come from the album’s first two tracks- both of which seem obvious choices for pre-release hype and curiosity provocation. DJ’s everywhere couldn’t wait to get their hands on “Hold It Against Me” – working it into their mixes within a day’s time. But producer Dr. Luke, whose working relationship with Spears pre-dates Femme Fatale by more than four years, hopes to pull four more singles from the album before it’s run its course. Read on for my predictions on which tracks might make the cut, as well as highlights from the rest of Femme Fatale.

I Wanna Go
Track four, the athematic “I Wanna Go”, is another club-banger with much potential for a single. The song, filled with cheery whistles and suggestive lyrics (Shame on me / to need release / uncontrollably), trains listeners to crave the epic bass drop with every run of the chorus- resulting in the urge for rapid fist-pumps and contagious high energy. 

How I Roll
“How I Roll” is a beautiful mix of classic Brittney saccharinity and contemporary dance characteristics. Her distinct vocals are instantly recognizable while simultaneously presented with an electronic makeover that stretches her voice over light bumps and heaps of popping effects in the background.

(Drop Dead) Beautiful
Another shoe-in for one of the singles-to-be, “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” opens with a dubstep twist before again leveraging the definitive Brittney growl and effortlessly blending traditional Spears with modern techniques. Produced by Benny Blanco and featuring Sabi (one-half of Bangz, an L.A. based girl-rap duo), the track stands out as one of the album’s grimiest. 

Seal It With A Kiss
“Seal It With A Kiss” is also sprinkled with dubstep morsels and maintains the electro mindset with dance-able beats, but steps away from the album’s darker and edgier theme for considerate lyrics and poppy ooo-wee-ooo’s in the chorus.

Big Fat Bass
Admittedly a B.E.P. fan, Britney features will.i.am on “Big Fat Bass”. It’s one of the most-daring tracks on the album, as Britney’s vocals are heavily produced over a strong and intimidating beat. Nonetheless, the celebrity cameo and outside-of-the-box production make this song another one to add to the list of predicted singles.

Additional noteworthy songs rounding out the album include “Gasoline” and two of the four bonus tracks- “He About To Lose Me” and “Selfish”.

Surprise performance at Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas left haters mad.

In addition to physically looking the best she has in years, the recent announcement of a tour with in-demand hip hop princess Nicki Minaj has added much fuel to the fire that Femme Fatale ignited in BRITTnation. Despite these truths, a major artist comeback of this caliber will never see success unless it’s first anchored by a high-quality, buzz-worthy album of good music. Thank goodness she’s done exactly that… because Britney is about to blow up like it’s 1999 all over again.

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