on 18 November 2008
It has been a turbulent time for miss Spears, but it's time to take note, this time Britney is most definitely back, and this time she's not holding back.
Following on from her previous attempt at a comeback, Blackout, Britney has put a little more effort in. this time She sounds much more engaged and it's obvious she has had much more input on the work she has produced.
She often falls into the trap of producing an album which contains the same song 12 times over, the variation on this record compared to the 11 tracks of constant electro pop on Blackout is astonishing. She takes many more chances and it more than pays off. We have slow and fast tracks; happy and sad, bouncy and sultry... it's all good!
The first track from Circus is Womanizer. The notorious lead single, and the one, which has propelled her back into the top 5 the world over. This song may lack substance but it makes up for it with its hook, which lodges itself firmly in the listener's brain and refuses to let go. You'll be singing this one to yourself for months.
Second comes Circus, the title track is the second single due out some time in December. Personally I feel that this track surpasses Womanizer, it's just a better song. It's understandable she would wait to release this song to coincide with the release of the album, if this song doesn't help it fly off the shelves then god help us all. The song itself is arrogant, cocky and very self obsessed, it's perfect Britney. It's almost like her "I'm back" song. The chorus of the song is simply wonderful, it hits hard and fast, like an assault on your ears... bound to be a favourite and one of her best in a long long time!
Track 3 is the beautiful Out From Under. It has been quite some time since Britney has produced a decent ballad, ignoring the not so good Someday and Why Should I Be Sad from last year, the last I can re call was Everytime. This song is lovely; it is typical Britney and would have sounded in place on her Eponymous Album. This would be a brilliant follow up single to Circus, the perfect break from all her electro heavy beats!
Kill the lights comes next. This has to be one of the catchiest songs I have EVER heard! Produced by Danja, this song is a drug in musical disguise. I found myself coming back to this track more than any of the others simply just to get my fix. It's the typical Britney affair, with a loud stomping chorus and breathy vocals. It also contains one of the lines in any pop song ever, keep your ears open, it's pure satisfaction.
Next, we have Shattered Glass. This song took a little time to grow on me, it's a little too cliché for it's own good, even for a Britney song. This, as with a few other's, harps back to an older Britney sound, which is a nice change of pace. It's a little shallow and lacks a truly great killer hook, and the way she says "glass" is horrible. The music saves this song and gives it some replay value, definitely a grower.
La La La La La La, If You Seek Amy is the next song on the list. Quite simply, my favourite track on Circus and possibly my favourite Britney track ever!. If you haven't realised why she is seeking Amy yet, wait until you hear this, it's a rather clever play on words. As with Circus, this track gets a hold on you and refuses to let go. It's another up-tempo track, you could dance yourself to death with this one, and it has one of the sexiest beats on the album! Love her or hate her, but all of the boys and all of the girls are begging too... ;)
Another contender for my favourite track on the album, Unusual You is rather different from anything Britney has produced before, part of the reason I like it so much I think. It's an odd mix; it is neither slow nor fast and I'm not sure if you could dance to it or not. It sounds a little experimental, and has a beautiful chorus, if not a little morbid. This will divide fans, either you will love it or hate it. I love it!
Going for a much more urban feel is track 8, Blur. This track is much deeper than the rest, and wouldn't sound out of place on In The Zone. Britney's vocals suit this song extremely well, it's not really a song you can dance too, maybe a swagger. It has great sing-a-long value though. A very sexy song.
I'm not sure where to start with Mmm Papi. It's very pop and very playful, but I really don't like it. I can hear the appeal, but it just hasn't grown on me yet, maybe in time. Quite a few people seem to love this track, as with Unusual You I think this will divide people, but Kudos to Brit for trying something new.
Mannequin took some time to grow on me. It gives itself away a little too quickly and lacks and real build up, it just kind of kicks in straight away and doesn't stop at all for 4 minutes. It's one of the most edited tracks on the album and sounds quite a lot like the Brit-bot from Blackout. Once you know the words you will have fun singing along to this one!
Next up is Lace and Leather. This song really is pure Britney, and I mean Britney circa 2001. She sounds like a teenager again on his track, it's fun and it's catchy... and it's oh so bubblegum. It may not have much lasting appeal and is definitely not single material, but take it for what it is and you'll have fun with this one too!
Another ballad is next; My Baby is a bit of an odd song. It's pretty and Brit sounds lovely but it doesn't ever seem to really go anywhere. It's by no means a bad track but it isn't as good as Out From Under. I guess it's a nice ending to the album, and great for just relaxing too.
There are quite a few bonus tracks worth mentioning too. Amnesia is a brilliant pop song, it's a crime it was cut form the final track list, if you have chance to get a version of Circus with this song, you owe it to yourself. Phonography and Trouble are also worth a listen, although I can see why they didn't make the cut, they are not on par with the other 12 tracks (well not quite)