21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the electronic sheen, pure pop Britney is BACK!
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...
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by Truecolours09
2.0 out of 5 stars Was Britney really back?
It was a great release at the time, it got fans excited and waiting at the edge of their seats. However upon purchasing the album I felt like it was just an attempt to create the best dance club pop song one after the other, with the exception of "Criminal". There were some highlights of the album, The infectious "Till The World Ends", the cheeky "Gasoline" and "Up 'N'...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the electronic sheen, pure pop Britney is BACK!,
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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.
The track 'Big Fat Bass' threatens to ruin this album during its first few minutes - will.i.am's sampled vocal (endlessly repeating the title) are at first fairly cringe-inducing. Then suddenly, from nowhere, as Britney sings "The bass is getting low" at the 2 minute mark the track takes flight and builds towards a stunning outro - a full-on assault of auto-tune, bassline and synths.
Auto-tune is used extensively but to enhance the overall production: phrases are twisted, notes drawn out, new types of sounds explored.
Here is a Britney album that delivers knockout pop hooks but isn't afraid to be experimental throughout. The production feels at times like everything has been thrown at each track to see what sticks - which makes it all the remarkable that - with a very few exceptions -this album delivers a massive rush of pure pop moments.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An electro-pop dream!,
I must admit I'm somewhat of a Spears enthusiast. Two years in the making, Britney set out to make a great dance record with `Femme Fatale', and it takes those hard dance sounds of `Blackout' and blends the right pop elements of `Circus' to make an extremely viable and consistent dance record. There is a huge influence from european dance music but also some very infectious tracks that blend real guitar sounds with the electro (not dissimilar to the style of `Before the Goodbye' from `Britney'). Notably `Criminal' and `He About To Lose Me'.
Highlights for me outside the first two lead singles were `I Wanna Go', `How I Roll', 'Trip to your Heart', `Seal it with a Kiss' and `He About To Lose Me'. It's really hard to find a real stinker though to be honest.
I think, with her very public meltdown a few years ago, there are a lot of people waiting for Britney to make a more personal record. These people may be disappointed to discover Britney has no writing involvement with any of the songs on Femme Fatale and deem it an impersonal record. For the most part the lyrics are simple, sexy and memorable, which works for this sound. It would be unpractical to try and relate them to Spears's life. That also means no ballads; Femme Fatale is strictly a dance record with the occasional mid tempo track for a water break.
This sound also means a very processed vocal and heavy use of the `autotune' feature, although I think it is slightly ignorant to assume autotune is used to disguise a bad vocal. My personal feelings are that it is used a lot here to fit the futuristic, computerized sound of the record. Saying that `He About To Lose Me' has little vocal processing and this may be a pleasant surprise for those who doubt Spears' vocals.
Maybe Britney will wake up one day and want to take her music to a more personal level but for now while she still has good dance ability, this sound is perfect for her and she does it well. Failing that, I'm sure she could write one killer autobiography someday...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible,
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Loose kaboose with Spears,
Standout tracks - Till the World Ends, Inside Out, I I I Wanna Go, How I Roll, Gasoline and Criminal.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but still a must-own [4.5/5 stars]...,
Her label [Jive] decided to make FEMME FATALE a closely themed album, formed around the sound and feelings of clubs. Musically the tracks are heavily influenced by European electronic music rather American ones, so it sounds fresh and a bit different to Britney's American fanbase in comparison to their usual club tracks [whilst to our ears some of the tracks will bring other songs to our minds. I like the deja-vu effect of using vaguely familiar beats, but it's not new to her European fanbase].
The executive producers and chief song writers are Dr Luke and Max Martin [he's responsible for Baby One More Time]. The list of individual track writers and producers include the likes of Ammo, Billboard, Benny Blanco, Bloodshy & Avant, Darkchild, Dream Machine, Fraser T. Smith, JMIKE, Henrik Jonback, Magnus, Oligee, Sandy Vee, Shellback, Stargate and Will.I.am.
A common problem with all dance/pop albums is that the similar styles used for the tracks means that everything seems to flow together too well at times; and the main issue that people will have with FEMME FATALE is that this issue - and the fact that this is a album with a rather limited theme - means that there's just not much in the way of variety in the tracks, so an in depth track by track breakdown isn't really necessary for this review: The pace and depth of the music is more or less the same throughout the album and the lyrical content of the songs is either in the theme of dancing and music or men and hook-ups, and that's it from beginning to end.
Having said that there are a few exceptions on here, to separate the tracks musically from the strong club overtones found on the majority of the tracks; 'How I Roll', 'Drop Dead Beautiful', 'Big Fat Bass' and 'Down n Up' lean strongly towards R&B. 'Don't Keep Me Waiting' has rockier overtones, whilst the music used for the tracks 'Criminal' and 'Selfish' is lighter and the lyrics are arguably a bit more poppy then everything else here, but still has the same R&B undertones like the tracks on Britney's 'In The Zone' album had.
Britney herself claimed that FEMME FATALE has a few mid-tempo tracks that could be counted as ballads* - well they must have not made the final cut, because the album's slowest track is 'He About To Lose Me' and that again is the same R&B/pop hybrid that her 'In The Zone' album focused on. 'Criminal' and 'Selfish' are in the mid range, but no-one would view those as ballads.
So far there have been two singles taken from FEMME FATALE; 'Hold It Against Me' (which went to #1 in 13 countries) and 'Till The World Ends' [you can vote for your favourite track to be the third single over on YouTube].
I really liked 'Hold It Against Me' at first as it was different to Britney's traditional faux R&B/pop releases, but her record label made a big mistake by following it up with a second single that has the same lyrical content, so the second single was guaranteed not to receive as much attention. And although it hasn't been as successful I do prefer 'Till The World Ends': The music is darker and grittier then single one and the song is lyrically stronger then any of her singles for the last few years; It may be a basic dance-in-a-club number, but the sexual suggestions are there and are subtle enough that it's not cheesy, roll your eyes or lewd. Best of all? There is some autotune here - especially in the bridge - but much less than there is on other tracks.
My favourite track is 'I Wanna Go' - if it gets released as a single I'd be interested in buying any remixes. The producers also use what sounds like a recording of someone whistling to accompany the music in the bridge, which hooks me in.
For me the other standouts are:
'Inside Out' stands out to me as it's a little bit grittier to the other tracks and the lyrics [she's trying to break up with someone, but ends up begging him for one final, ahem, happy time session] sound so lost and defeated - which is quite an achievement since she's singing someone else's song.
The Cheeky, playful bridge to 'How I Roll' is stuck in my head. Surely the writers knew what they were doing when they used "kitty cat" shortly after the word 'Posse'? Either way it's stuck in my head and I have to be careful not to warble out the incorrect lyrics whilst buying bread at Sainsburys...
'Drop Dead Beautiful' - I have no idea who Sabi is, but she sounds just like Ke$ha. Britney's voice is altered and stretched with different vocal effects on this track the most, but this and the rent-a-rapper combine to make this one of my guilty pleasures and most listened to tracks. Britney even does a spot of faux rapping in the bridge.
I adore the intro to 'Seal It With A Kiss'; The music takes the song to another level, though I like the lyrics too - she's starting a relationship and is trying to keep it hidden. Hidden from the press?
'Trouble For Me' is similar to the next track [Criminal] as the lyrics are about being attracted to some who you know is no good for you, but unlike the next track the music is heavy and has a heavy beat - it sorts of gives you a sense of being in a smoky club and seeing someone yourself.
'Criminal' has mid-range music that is a throwback to Britney's 'In The Zone era and it can definitely be described as R&B, with no strong electro overtones. The falling-for-a-bad-boy-I-know-I-shouldn't fits in with her ex and almost comes of as being personal to her. This is very radio friendly and I think it would be a strong single as it sounds different to the previous two from this album.
'Down N Up' is another dance-in-a-club track, but the music and catchy chorus are both infectious. It contains a sample from something that is on the tip of my tongue - so maddening trying to remember what.
[Update: Truecolours09 reminded me that the sample is from Inner City 'Good Life]
'He About To Lose Me' is a immediate standout as the music to it is the only track not to have dance/eltro overtones and it has the most natural vocals. Listening to the song properly reveals that the lyrics are strong too - she's bored of her dead-end relationship and is about to end it and go of with someone else she meets at a club. I don't know why this track is only a bonus one and isn't on the tracklist for her regular edition of the U.S. album; it could have been a hit and been huge on the airwaves. What a waste.
'Selfish' is sort of a dance version of the previous track. Britney is intending to think of herself and pick up someone to take back home, but they'll be doing what she wants to do for her pleasure.
This isn't to say I don't like the other tracks - I do like everything on here and can warble [at least] a few lines to everything else on offer here, it's just that the above tracks hooked me in straightaway and the above mentioned tracks are the ones that I've listened to most often and have added to various playlists on my Ipod.
There is only one track on the album that I would class as a filler and that is the Will.I.am featured 'Big Fat Bass', and this isn't pierce-my-ears-with-a-knitting-needle awful and I don't skip it, even though it tends to irritate me. I like the music to it, but Will.I.am doesn't add much to the song and I find the highly repetitive lyrics annoying. Observe; I can be the treble baby, you can be the bass, you can be the bass, you can be the bass. Repeat about a hundred times - and the bad thing is that I'm not exaggerating by much [I suspect that Will.I.am gave her an BEP album outtake].
I didn't know what my final rating would be until I'd finished writing my review. On one hand I love dancy, electro music and after listening to the album over and over [it was leaked online at the beginning of March] I still don't skip over any of the tracks, but on the other hand this is Britney's most impersonal album as the songs could be sung by anyone and she hasn't added anything of her own.
Plus, the order of the tracklist places several songs with similar lyrics next to each other which is never a good idea as everything flows into one big jumble. The chosen theme doesn't help this any as it limits what you can actually write and sing about; Which isn't to bad when you just want nice, upbeat music to get ready for going out to, but it has all been done thousands of times.
Although I do enjoy FEMME FATALE for what it is, for some reason I'm left with a can't-put-my-finger-on-it feeling that something is missing from the album, so let's write down any niggles and see:
A) Britney herself has not co-wrote any of the tracks which is very disappointing. She was never known as a gifted wordsmith ['Everytime' was her peak], but even her Blackout album which was wrote and recorded at the height of what is commonly known as her 'pink wig' crazy days period featured two songs that she wrote.
B) I've always wondered about the now commonplace use of autotune and constant miming. These annoyances only started being a staple with Britney Spears albums following her marriages, children, divorces, breakdown and Blackout album. Yes, vocal effects do tie in nicely with the lively electro synths, but whilst she may never be mistaken for Mariah Carey, Britney does have a pleasant voice with a distinctive purr to it, so I find it frustrating and lazy that she and her label use these fail-safe tactics when she is capable of live performances. If she is not actually yet at the point where she feels able to preform again, then [I mean this in the nicest way possible] maybe she shouldn't be releasing new music.
C) Also frustrating; It's a little known fact that Britney can play the piano, so again I wonder why she doesn't put this additional musical talent to good use. The chords in past single 'Everytime' and promotional-only single 'Someday (I'll Understand)' were wrote by Britney, and the instruments used in the studios were also played by her. My point is that it's a wasted opportunity for stamping some personal creativity onto her albums not to incorporate some of these skills in her work.
I suppose the main thing that bothers me here is the fact that FEMME FATALE doesn't have any real personality to it. Every single track is catchy, slickly produced and strong enough to be used as a single release, but nothing screams "this is Britney Spears".
Despite the lack of the X factor for me, I still view FEMME FATALE as a very solid album and I think it's her strongest one to date. In fact I'd describe it as a near-perfect mix of my other favourite releases of Britneys: FEMME FATALE has the lyrical blend of her pop/R&B album 'In The Zone', paired with the grittiness of the electro music from her 'Blackout' album. If you enjoyed either of those albums you'll love this as much as I do.
The regular UK edition of FEMME FATALE features four tracks [Up 'n' Down, He About To Lose Me, Selfish and Don't Keep Me Waiting] which aren't included on the regular American edition of the album, so we're getting our monies worth as the bonus material is all strong enough to be used as single releases.
The Japanese edition features a 17th track; 'Scary'.
This is musically similar to 'He About To Lose Me' and would have made a nice addition to the regular album for more versatility. This is probably what Britney was referring to when she mentioned the ballads - she's singing about the memories of a ex. Nothing new, but it shows that she can indeed sing without mechanical aids.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... Britney at her best!,
This review is from: Femme Fatale (Deluxe Version) (MP3 Download)What an album! Britney at her absolute best. There really is not a bad song on here, you can put it on and not have to skip through. Don't be expecting any ballads. Pure pop and dance. All the songs are really catchy and will get you ready to go out on the town and dance in front of the mirror :) Well worth getting the deluxe version as he about to lose me is a standout track, Britneys vocals great on this. Selfish very catchy too. Other highlights for me are Till the world ends, Inside out, drop dead beautiful. In fact most of them are great. You won't be dissapointed whether you are a britney fan normally or not!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britney's best in years!!,
It may have something to do with Max Martin being absent from "In The Zone", "Blackout", "Circus" (except for "If You Seek Amy"). But now he is back as executive producer, and has written & produced 7 tracks on "Femme Fatale".
This album is an absolute dance album, big on the beats, european chords, and electronic sounds. There IS a fair degree of autotune but it works with the tracks that use it. On the tracks that don't use it, Britney sounds like she is making alot more of an effort than she did on the rather terrible "circus".
The best thing about the lyrics on this album, is that she is finally not singing about being in the media, or being famous, blah blah. That got old and I am glad she dumped it, along with her urban sound in favour of dance with European writing structures....
Til The Word Ends - This track sets the tone for the entire album. Dancey hands in the air energy, a great opener from Max Martin, and co-written by Ke$ha.
Hold It Against Me - Britney's best single since "Gimme More", maybe even "Oops I Did It Again". Typical Max Martin chords, and this Euro flavoured dance suits Britney to the ground.
Inside Out - More Max Martin, and this is a slower dubstep style track, which has influences of his old sound with "Baby One More Time" or "Oops I Did It Again". I love it, and even has lyrical references to her early singles in the chorus.
I Wanna Go - THIS is brilliant. A full on dance track, thanks again Max Martin. Rather naughty lyrics about the need to "need release".... It is a smash, great production, and in parts reminds me of E Type, a Swedish Eurodance star who's also worked with Max Martin. Love it, and maybe my fave.
How I Roll - The only song I hate on this album. I have tried and tried but it's just awful. It's a bad version of "Toxic", and is just a terribly written song from Bloodshy. They produce alot of rubbish at the best of times, and this is no exception. Just a big old mess, and hideous to the ears.
(Drop Dead) Beatiful - This is more like it. Back to dance, though not as fast as the earlier tracks. This tracks goes a little into "Blackout" territory which is a good thing. Just better writing. Only bad thing is that the chorus is heavy on the autotune. But it works.
Seal It With A Kiss - Max Martin again, and the pace is getting slightly faster again. This song could probably have been on Ke$ha's album but it's still a good pop song.
Big Fat Bass (feat Will.i.am) - I can't stand the Black Eyed Peas, so I was ready to despise this collaboration. BUT I was wrong, it's an absolute dance stormer, and catchy as hell. The production is incredible and has a very European sound to it. Freaking HUGE.
Trouble For Me - Sticking with dance, we start hearing a little trance influences, with another hint of "Blackout". By now I have formed the opnion Ms Spears is BACK with a vengence with the best dance album of 2011.
Trip To Your Heart - And the trance sounds continue. A very pop chorus, almost like Janet Jackson's "Together Again" but a whole lot better. Very summer nightclub sounding for me.
Gasoline - And here we have Dr Luke, who has produced a couple of the Max Martin tracks, and who wrote the "Circus" on the previous album. I like it alot, and it takes Britney back again to her 2000 sound, with a 2011 twist. Very good.
Criminal - This was a grower, and I really didn't like it at first. VERY Madonna "American Life", and it's a very different sound for Max Martin. But here Britney sounds great on it, with not much autotone except for a little effect on some words in the verse.
Up n' Down - MY GOD!!! Max Martin has kicked a floor filling goal on this amazing, brilliant, smash track. It's a dark electro dance track, heavily lending from the 1989 Inner City song "Good Life". This is totally irresistable and for me best on the album along with "I Wanna Go". It is also VERY "Blackout" (in particular "Get Naked") and I can't believe it's only on the deluxe edition (The standard stops after "Criminal"). This has single ALL over it and it should have been on the standard replacing the HIDEOUS "How I Roll". Play this LOUD.
He About To Lose Me - A Rodney Jerkins track, not bad, great verses but a weirdly high chorus, with bizarre autotune. Also a little "Blackout".
Selfish - Produced by StarGate, but not their best song. I can see why it was left off the standard album. Though it is a well produced dance track and I am liking it more with each listen.
Don't Keep Me Waiting - Another Rodney Jerkins song, and it's my 2nd least favourite. It's actually a rock track and does not fit the album at all. I don't hate it but at the same time I think it's pretty pointless, along with "How I Roll", I will skip this one.
One thing I noticed is that Britney has not co-written anything on this album. She did alot of the writing on "In The Zone", and co-wrote a couple on "Blackout" and "Circus".
However, apart from 2 songs, this album is just pop perfection in it's current form. Great dance music which has taken over godawful urban sounds, well written pop with the best producers in the business. So happy to see Britney reunite with Max Martin, and she herself seems to be happy about it having recently said she trusts him like nobody else in the studio.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Brit!,
1. Till The World Ends: one of my personal favourites from the album. A sure fire hit and a definite club-banger! One of the most upbeat and catchiest songs off the album. 10/10
2. Hold It Against Me: Fantastic! Great conception with a great hook towards the end..another club-banger! Perfect lead single 10/10
3. Inside Out: One of the less upbeat tracks on the album and not one of my favourites at all! This song is okay for a few listens but after the third it really gets a bit boring which is a shame after the two fantastic first singles 5/10
4. I Wanna Go: Brit returns with fighting form with this track! It's upbeat, sexy, fun and extremely catchy! One of my personal favourites and potential single material! 10/10
5. How I Roll: Unusual and different - but that's a good thing! This song is very sexy and catchy and a definite winner in my eyes! 9/10
6. (Drop Dead) Beautiful feat. Sabi: Amazing! Tinged with R&B but still the dance track we expect and love from Britney! One of the best and Saby makes a welcome addition in the third verse. While some of the lyrics are a bit tedious that doesn't dampen the mood of one of the best and catchiest songs on the album! 10/10
7. Seal It With A Kiss: Daring and seductive and the Brit we love most! Not as catchy and previous songs but still good all the same! 8/10
8. Big Fat Bass feat. Will.I.Am: Hmm, this song leaves me in two minds. Part of me finds it quite boring and repetitive (particularly as it's so long) but the other part of me loves it! It is a great club tune but isn't one that's that interesting to listent to over and over again like some of the others..Brit's parts are great but Will.I.Am lets her down slightly unfortunately...8/10
9. Trouble For Me: She's back on form with this catchy number! Great lyrics and Brit's vocals (on the verses anyway) are on top form! 10/10
10. Trip To Your Heart: I don't know what it is about this song but it's definitely a special one from the album. Slightly ballad-esque it's beautiful and sensational. Fantastic work Britney! 10/10
11. Gasoline: Not the best. Quite boring without any major hook and the lyrics are slightly tedious. Nothing special unfortunately. 6/10
12. Criminal: Wow! This song is fantastic and incredibly catchy! It's daring and sexy and everything we love about Britney rolled into one! The subject matter is interesting and the lyrics are great..the flute is also interesting and, surprisingly, works incredibly well! 10/10
13. Up N Down: Another club-banger - probably the best on the album with a great chorus hook! This song is fantastic and one that you can replay over and over again without getting bored! Fantastic fun! 10/10
14. He About to Lose Me: Another fantastic hit from Brit! Her vocals are fantastic on this song and the subject matter once again is interesting and daring and just a really cool listen! Seductive and intriguing..great work! 10/10
15. Selfish: Sexy and daring once again..it's cool and Brit is completely in her element with this song although not quite as catchy as previous songs 9/10
16. Don't Keep Me Waiting: A great end to an exceptional album! Brit goes for a rocky-edge with this edgy and daring track! 9/10
I strongly recommend you buy this album..it'll put you in a great mood and leave you dancing the night away! Don't miss out on the great tunes Britney has to offer! Even if you're not already a fan...it's quite possible you will be after hearing this great album! 10/10!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britney Spears, Turns Us Inside Out and gives us an Pop Masterpiece of modern times!,
We have also seen her fall into new depths of bleakness the past decade, and is regarded famous not just for her music but also her private life (sometimes MORe so!) amongst the chaos of her life came Blackout in 2007. In style and sound it shocked people as not only was it released in a period of darkness for Spears but also it was rather great! (and also served as a taster for what is to come with this album). A year later she returned with Circus (slightly more dissapointing if a solid Pop record!) and broke records with her world tour!
NOW, two years since then she, the Avant garde of Pop, returns yet again with something out of this world in sound, production, writing and vocals. Sure Spears is NOT the best vocalist out there, but her vocals are instantly distinctive here and also at their most tseted and vulnerable than they ever have been! Max Martin(from albums 1 - 3), Dr Luke, Billboard, Will I Am, Bloodshy & Avant (Toxic, Piece Of Me), Benny Blanco, Fraser Smith, Darkchild and Stargate are aomongst the big names here collaborating with Spears and bringing this total new dimension to her as an artist and entertainer.
Femme Fatale for me is arguably the most schitzo-art-Dance themed since Madonnas MUSIC album ten years prior and the finest pop record since gorillaz Demon Days and Madonnas Confessions On A Dance Floor. As a concept it is largely old skool in production brought into the modern era and pushed to an entirely new dimension! As a concept album you can imagine yourself in this surreal dimension of Femme Fatales, Superheros and Apocalyptic Dance meets and Anime Future World. so diverse in sound to keep you entertained, even if haters find themselves with the album (and i use the term loosely) you will ALWAYS find something random pop out to keep the most dismissive listener entertained.
Arguably Femme Fatale will rank as one of the biggest events of 2011. After the video viral marketing genius of Hold It Against Me garnering enough attention, Britney certainly has been one to watch....and hear!
Also what i MUSt put out is the effect of the synth pop, the Auto Tuning is not used as a reliance, her voice is more raw and energetic here and the effect presents this macabre atmosphere with a somewhat Euphoric thematic depth to it.
And of course the songs themselves.....well....HERE IS THE LOWDOWN...
"Till the World Ends" - The MONSTER of a lead song. It was written by Ke$ha and sounds like an absolute Summer designed master Dance Epic! bringing 90s Trance back and roughing it all up a bit! the chant is just the most genius thing out there! 10/10
"Hold It Against Me" - Britney + Trance + Dubstep = the most warped lead single Britney has ever done! it is edgy as ever and damn signatory of her career. 9/10
"Inside Out" - One of the most genuinely beautiful songs Britney has done since In The Zone, it is raw and very sonic and MIA sounding (reminds me a LOT of Rusko in production) and Britney is at her most vulnerable. Absolutely astonishing. 10/10
"I Wanna Go" - Britney meets Madonna circa Confessions On A Dance Floor. This is designed for the summer! it is retro and Disco/Electronica influenced and so energetic....the whistles are so instantaneous it is bliss! 10/10
"How I Roll" - Dare i say it that this is the finest Britney and Bloodshy & Avant have ever made in their history together! it is very distorted and slick, quite Urban sounding and punky. 10/10
"(Drop Dead) Beautiful" (featuring Sabi) - Very enjoyable but possibly the only song here i would not call inspired as much. Still a tough sounding song overall and very edgy.....designed for the clubs. 8/10
"Seal It With a Kiss" - again very influenced by the British club scene with Dub Step/Electronica influence. Another favourite on the album. Very thumpy and throbbing. 10/10
"Big Fat Bass" (featuring will.i.am) - the big grower of the album....BUT the most surprising possibly, Will I Ams finest work i would say! since Boom Boom Pow (BETTER!) and Britneys finest collab since Madonna herself in Me Avainst The Music. It is very energetic and rapid. And one of the most expertly created anthems i have ever heard! the lyrics are vapid and slick and just overall....could i call it the most insane she has ever done?? YES...yes i will. 10/10
"Trouble for Me" - We are back to Punk Britney again, here she reflects a more agressive sound to her voice, it really does strike out, again very throbby and retro sound. 9/10
"Trip to Your Heart" - Bloodshy & Avants other collab with Britney.And would rank alongside How I Roll and Toxic as their best work. It is blissful trance and again reflects a euphoric tone and distorted beauty. It is the most dancey Ballad since Madonnas Frozen. It is absolutely finely done and again, just a beautiful BEAUTIFUL song. 10/10
"Gasoline" - Could be a bit of a cult classic here, It is the FLAME to Toxic! the SET ME ON FIRE hook is expertly done! and the guitar reminds me of Prince a lot here too. agressive and frenetic. 10/10
"Criminal" - Many have stated this, but echoes back to Madonnas (ahead of times masterpiece) MUSIC album with the Electronica/Acoustic style. The flute is just mesmerising. Britneys vocals are so emotive and strong here! you really connect to her on a different level. Very mid tempo but very melodic and 70s sounding. 10/10
"Up N' Down" - very catchy but understandable why it is a bonus song. Nontheless it is really fun. 8/10
"He About to Lose Me" - Darkchild returns on this mesmerisingly designed mid tempo by Britney. Absolutely fantastic stuff. 9/10
"Selfish" - again this is a very catchy and mighty number! and again reminds me of Prince in the early 80s. Very slick. 9/10
"Don't Keep Me Waiting" - Britney masters Pop Rock again here in her second Darkchild collaboration. This is absolutely raw and fantastic! 10/10
well, there you have it. Femme Fatale! Britney Spears has delivered her musical opus! her finest album since the flawless In The Zone and her most tastefully INSANE recording she has ever recorded! each song flows into the next effortlessly. Everyone will have their favourite moments!
Britney sure will never be the same since her breakdown. But damn she really connects musically like she hasn't done SINCE 2004! and not only that but her and her crew of amazing song writers, producers, engineers pulled it all together and has officially set the trend for every other artist in the Pop genre! The Princess Of Pop at the top of her game! trend setting like the best!
The era is going to be phenomenal! THE FEMME FATALE!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Britney at her best,
This review is from: Femme Fatale (Deluxe Version) [+Digital Booklet] (MP3 Download)I personally thing this album is fantastic, possibly my favourite of hers. Im rating the songs out of 10
Till the world ends - 10/10
hold it against me - 10/10
Inside out - 8/10
I wanna go - 10/10
How I roll - 5/10
(Drop Dead) Beautiful - 9/10
Seal it with a kiss - 6/10
Big fat bass - 7/10
Trouble for me - 9/10
Trip to your heart - 8/10
Gasoline - 6/10
Criminal - 7/10
Up'N'Down - 10/10
He about to lose me - 9/10
Selfish - 6/10
Dont keep me waiting - 6/10
Scary - 6/10
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