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Britney Spears was born in Kentwood, Louisiana on December 2, 1981. Appearing in variety shows and choirs throughout her hometown, Britney’s talent was obvious from a young age. The aspiring young performer’s first major audition was for The Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse Club” at the age of eight. Too young for the show, but too talented to dismiss, a Disney ... Read more in Amazon's Britney Spears Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jive records
  • ASIN: B004M18AX2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Till The World Ends
2. Hold It Against Me
3. Inside Out
4. I Wanna Go
5. How I Roll
6. (Drop Dead) Beautiful
7. Seal It With A Kiss
8. Big Fat Bass
9. Trouble For Me
10. Trip To Your Heart
11. Gasoline
12. Criminal
13. Up N' Down
14. He About To Lose Me
15. Selfish
16. Don't Keep Me Waiting

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Over a decade after the release of …Baby, One More Time comes Femme Fatale, Britney Spears’ seventh studio album. The headline-making pop superstar has enlisted the talents of producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Bloodshy & Avant to produce an album marking a bold new direction. Kicking off with disco banger “Till the World Ends” and featuring single “Hold it Against Me”, Femme Fatale also sees a collaboration with will.i.am on “Big Fat Bass”. Throughout, there is a sense of reinvention and defiance, Miss Spears showing that she is still a musical force to be reckoned with.

BBC Review

Britney Spears’ career has followed a curious trajectory. Until the turbulent extremes of the Blackout period, it was her image rather than her carefully manipulated persona that fans fell for. And now it’s make-or-break for the singer, Femme Fatale offering the chance to replace 2008’s relative flop Circus with fun-time Britney, a recording artist on top of her musical game.

As it turns out, Spears’ seventh studio album is part-success and part astounding failure, mixing some of her very best songs with hideous black holes. On first listen it’s easy to label the entire thing a horrific collection of Auto-Tune and vacant beats aping Ke$ha, Basshunter and The Lonely Island; but get a few plays in and it begins to reveal itself. For every Carry On lyric (Hold It Against Me), tone-lowering will.i.am appearance (Big Fat Bass) and drawn-out analogy (Gasoline), there’s something like an Up ‘n’ Down, a track which samples Inner City’s 1988 classic Good Life. It represents a moment where pop almost eats itself, but instead reincarnates into a cutting, filthily obnoxious chorus as Spears curtly drawls, "I know you want me like kids want candy." Sadly, that humour doesn’t always work out so well.

Inside Out’s tight coil and sub-bass almost hide its dreary subject matter – Spears namelessly alludes to an ex who "drove me crazy", but instead of being an exercise in nostalgia it comes off as patronising, low-level staging by her writers. But to balance that there’s Criminal with its teenage lyrics (Spears describes an old flame as a "bum bum bum"), on top of a fairytale flute melody and a rhythm so summery it manages to completely set itself free from the rest of the album. But Femme Fatale is not just nostalgia – Trip to Your Heart’s shattered synths and dead-eyed vocal display an ambition and drive to be impersonated by future-Britneys.

It’s a shame, though, that Femme Fatale’s weak links are so very poor. It would benefit from fewer tracks, and from delving a little deeper on those that remain. The listener would undoubtedly enjoy an opportunity to sit down and hear the singer’s post-party thoughts – after the night before’s mindless submission, the soiree that this album attempts to (re)create. As it is, this set is nowhere near as consistent as Blackout; but stripped down to probable singles it’s home to at least five classic Britney hits.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Truecolours09 on 25 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The singles initially released from Femme Fatale felt like warning shots - fantastically produced and exciting, they were nonetheless not as immediately catchy as might have been hoped and had some akward elements to navigate (dubstep breakdowns, lack of obvious chorus). Perhaps this was the moment when the melodic pop template (already exquisitely pushed to its limit with 'Blackout') fell apart altogether?

But closer listening was reassuring. 'Till The World Ends' grows over time and has a stunning middle 8 ('See the sunrise, we ain't stopping...") that transforms the track into epic, euphoric widescreen pop. 'Hold It Against Me' similarly saves the powerful, sweeping hooks until the end of the song.

'Femme Fatale' continues in the same vein, with even the harsher-sounding electronic tracks revealing lovely little pop hooks and melodic flourishes. Standout for me is 'Trip To Your Heart', in which Britney's original saccharin-sweet pop collides head on with a stuttering, then suddenly squelchy Euro-dance backing track that feels like an instant classic of its kind. Lyrically it's about nothing and yet it feels like its about everything, like all the best pop music should.

Other favourites include the stridently confident, deeply bass-driven 'Drop Dead Beautiful and the oddly touching 'How I Roll' (which was always going to be a winner with me from the moment the vocodered vocals cut in). The Toxic-lite of 'Gasoline', retro Inner City stylings on 'Up n Down' and galloping Eurotrance of 'I Wanna Go' are all superb. 'Inside Out'(dubstep melodrama) and 'Criminal' (folky flutes, funky beat, chorus that slides into itself) slow things down a little but are not the dull filler that dominate so many albums by major artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Mcgonigle on 19 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is an incredibly strong dance-pop album, highly recommend if you're a fan of this genre or Britney!

1. Till The World Ends 10/10
Massive club hit worldwide, super addictive and catchy

2. Hold It Against Me 10/10
Britney's most recent US number 1 single and for a good reason! This is one of the many stand outs

3. Inside Out 9/10
Really good vocals and production on this track to make it very enjoyable

4. I Wanna Go 10/10
Another of Britney's hit singles, must listen!

5. How I Roll 9/10
Interesting song but so enjoyable

6. Drop Dead (Beautiful) [featuring Sabi] 9/10
Catchy and fun, also includes a good choice of featured artist

7. Seal It With A Kiss 8/10
One of the albums weaker moments but still strong!

8. Big Fat Bass (featuring will.i.am) 10/10
This oozes fun completely. It's creative, innovative and exciting

9. Trouble For Me 10/10
I LOVE this song for the amazing instrumentals and the catchy melodies, let it grow on you

10. Trip To Your Heart 8/10
I do really enjoy this. It's not a bad track at all, just not one of the best!

11. Gasoline 10/10
Mega catchy and punchy, makes you want to sing along to it

12. Criminal 10/10
My favourite song on the album. It pours out emotion in a way only Britney can do and it works so so well on the album

13. Up N' Down 10/10
For the people who own the standard edition... You are missing out! This song is so fun and belongs in the club with hits like Till The World Ends

14. He About To Lose Me 9/10
A side to Britney we haven't often seen but goes well at this point on the album

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah-K on 15 Nov. 2013
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Me, give a Britney album three stars? Surely not. As a huge Britney fan for over a decade, it's almost unthinkable to give Britney a negative review, but sadly, this era followed the current trend of dance pop that is perfect for nightclubs, which is not something I'm particularly fond of. While I do like some of the dance-pop, such as Eyes Wide Shut by JLS for example, I prefer a more traditional pop sound, so Britney's team deciding to go in this direction for album number 7 is a disappointment to me (although I can completely see why they would choose to, with this kind of music being so popular in recent years). I also admit I have no real idea of what dub-step is. If you like dub-step and dance music, this album might be for you.

I wasn't going to purchase this album initially, but I realised that, for £3, I might aswell add it to my Britney collection. I listened to a few tracks beforehand and deemed them potentially pleasing, so I thought, what the heck.

I read somewhere that this album was originally going to be Britney's usual, urban-pop sound, but was changed to dance. As I said, I understand why they would think this a good idea, and for a lot of people, it was. But I wish they had gone with the original sound. "He About to Lose Me" is one of my favourites on the album; it sounds like it could have been on "In The Zone", with its sexy, urban sound. Unfortunately, Britney's more traditional urban beats end here.

I normally have a lot more to say about Britney's albums, but I find myself lost for words here. While many of the songs are enjoyable, they don't really stand out as great tracks. Fun and enjoyable tracks include: "Inside Out," "How I Roll," "Seal it With a Kiss," "Big Fat Bass," "Gasoline," and "Don't Keep Me Waiting.
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