on 2 March 2013
This is the album that started it all, and is also the best selling album by a teenage solo artist of all time. Which is a massive achievement.
This CD came before any of the head shaving, umbrella attacks, children and her truly incredible comeback. Here, we see a fresh faced beautiful sultry teenager, singing some truly great pop songs.
Baby One More Time - Everyone in the world must have heard this song at some point in their life. The video has become infamous and is considered to be one of the most iconic videos of all time. It propelled to the top of the charts in every single country that it charted, and it's easy to see why. It's catchy, it's fun, you can dance to it, and most of all it's timeless. If you hear it on the radio today (2013) it still seems fresh and fun even though everyone's heard it a million times. Is it a great pop song? Yes. Is it the best song ever? No, and it's by no means her best song either. I like many of the other songs on the album a lot more than this, but perhaps thats just from it being overplayed on my iPod - 9/10
(You Drive Me) Crazy - This was the third single from the album, and one of the most successful. The album version and the single version are very different, I personally prefer the album version. It's great for dancing to, the lyrics are fun, the video is great and I think it's very relatable for all teenagers/adults out there. Although a great song, it's not one of the album's best. - 6/10
Sometimes - This has always been one of my favourite Britney songs. It's sweet, innocent and has beautiful lyrics and a soothing beat. Her voice sounds great on the track as well. Overall - 10/10
Soda Pop - Many people are split on this song. It's very unusual, and is inspired my Reggae music. I personally think it's great, especially for the summer, if your lying on a beach. She does sort of sound like Christina Aguilera at times though, which for me, as I'm not a big fan of her shouting voice is not a particularly good thing. Another downside is that even after all these years, I still don't know the lyrics because I can't understand what she is saying. - 7/10
Born To Make You Happy - This was originally meant to have sexualised lyrics but Britney decided she wasn't grown up enough to sing them, so they were changed. Even now, the lyrics sound quite sexual but it doesn't really matter. The song is great. It's cute, and Britney sounds perfect on it. - 8/10
From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart - I always wondered why this was chosen as a single, there were better ballads on the album (I Will Still Love You, E-Mail My Heart) but it's still a sweet, simplistic song. - 7/10
I Will Be There - With a beginning that sounds like Natalie Imbruglia's 90's hit Torn, it all sounds very familiar, it's still a good song however. It's just not the most original sounding song in the world. Lyrically it's great, music wise it's okay. - 7/10
I Will Still Love You - This is a duet with Don Philip who recently audition for The X Factor USA, on which Britney was a judge. It's a cute song and would have made a better single choice than From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart, their voices compliment each other really well, but Britney overpowers Don occasionally, because she has a stronger voice. Overall, a good song - 8/10
Thinkin' About You - This is by far the worst song on the album, it's not that it's a dreadful song, it's just very dull. Not really much you can say about it apart from that - 3/10
E-Mail My Heart - This is definitely the song that should have replaced From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart as a single choice, however I can understand why they chose not too, as her record label decided that e-mail's may not be around for very long, and it would feel dated. I guess, to some extent it does, as e-mails these days are mostly reserved for business and work related things. If it was released now it would most likely be called 'Tweet My Heart' or 'SMS my heart' It's a very good ballad though, and showcases her vocal talent phenomenally. - 9/10
Beat Goes On - This is a cover of the Sonny and Cher hit, it's fun, but slightly repetitive (as it was when it was originally released in 1967) - 5/10
Bonus Tracks : MAY NOT COME WITH THE VERSION OF THE ALBUM YOU HAVE ORDERED
Deep In My Heart - A cute little song co-wrote by Britney herself, and is one of my favourites on the album - 8/10
I'll Never Stop Loving You - Another cute little ballad, nothing special but still highly enjoyable - 7/10
Autumn Goodbye - I have always wondered why this track wasn't put in the original album. It's fun, and great to sing along to! - 9/10
Conclusion : No wonder Britney Spears became a worldwide sensation with a debut album (in the 90's which might I add was a terrible decade for music) like this. It is a perfect pop album. It's simple, fun, easy to sing along to, and although the majority of her albums are better than this one, it will never be forgotten.