The album cover for Britney Jean. (Photo/iTunes)
By: Giovanni Carcamo
What can fans make of Britney Spears now? The 32 year old pop goddess has come out with another studio album, Britney Jean, which landed at the top of the top 10 in the 100 chart. Reviewers gave Spears credit for her new musical direction and applauded her for being the Britney Spears the world remembers from the early 2000s.
Listening to the album, I can’t help but feel disappointed by the new Britney sound. Instead of leading the pop nation, Spears is still predictable and choosing the direction of her music just to stay on the charts.
The album has a lot of dubstep, which is a style of music where the bass is strong, and is mostly electronic or techno with a lot of auto tuning. Spears should do what she wants to do, unfortunately it sounds like she is told which lyrics to sing and what beat to play for each song.
Instead I want all the shades of Britney; I want the mentally insane Britney, the bi-polar Britney, the confident Britney, the partying Britney, and the mother Britney. She is a human being with a personality, but fans can’t tell that from this album.
The album is typical pop and club banger music. People can’t keep dancing forever; it’s tiring. Britney, in the early 2000s, was the biggest teen and pop star in the world; nobody could touch her because everybody was singing her catchy pop tunes.
Her future then showed her be a “born to be” legend. She had the complete set of great live performances, high album sales, and diehard fans. What made it fall apart? Possibly her transition from innocent teen to provocative adult, or the troubled relationships she kept falling into.
Instead of overcoming those falls she became stuck and lost focus. She could have received Madonna’s crown; now she’s just another pop star.
Britney Jean made it to the top of the charts, first, because it’s mainstream (her genre of music is now popular), and second, she has name recognition.
If each song on the album is examined the CD shouldn’t have been successful. There is no deep meaning.
Britney Jean was released last Dec. Songs on the album include “Alien,” “Perfume,” “Tik tik Boom,” and “Don’t Cry.”
“Alien” has a good beat with a light dubstep sound, a good chorus and clear vocals. The song’s metaphor is a nice connection to her fans’ personal problems, and has the potential to be another single. It is the perfect song to dance to alone.
“Perfume” is the second single off the album; it is a great pop song with a fast tempo and piano background. Spear’s voice is clear throughout the song. It has great energy and a good connection to fans, especially young ladies, because the topic of the song is about ex-girlfriends. The chorus is very catchy with.
“Tik tik Boom” has easy lyrics and is a dance dubstep song featuring rapper T.I. Toward the end of the song there are nice vocal backgrounds from Spears. It also has the potential to be a hit or single.
“Don’t Cry” definitely reconnects fans to Spear’s early work with a likeable whistling background. It’s a nice pop song and has a twist of the old Spears mixed with today’s Spears.
Bridgewater High School sophomore Derek Duchemin had no idea that Spears came out with a new album, but envisions Spears success as, “an early 2000s pop singer who had multiple albums and received multiple awards to now having had her ups and downs, but still making a comeback in the music industry. She continues to constantly come out with new songs and I hope she has a good second run.”
“She definitely had talent back years ago and I do think she still has a lot of talent today and hope she has more to come,” said Duchemin. He hopes Spears will come back on top. “If she tries hard enough she will be as big or even bigger of a star, like she was before everything.”
Senior Mike Pratt is attracted to Spear’s music because he sees it as intriguing. When she first started, he said, “Early 2000s Britney was Britney at the top of her game. That was right after the success of “…Baby One More Time” and when she was right at the cusp of something huge. She really did issue in the whole teen-pop thing, and like her or not, you can’t deny early 2000’s Britney was a force to be reckoned with.”
Pratt continued, “I have to admit that a lot of the entity and empire she has built is based on a manufactured culture. She relies heavily on sex-appeal and has been known to lip-sync but she does have some good songs.”
Pratt said, “Anyone who is able to sell millions of albums and sell out concerts has to have some talent. Relying on auto-tune has destroyed her voice a bit but there are clips of her from the late 90s and early 2000s with her actually singing and she has a nice alto voice. I wish she would cut out all the unnecessary parts of her shows and just sing; that’s what it should be about.”
Spears is on the charts today, “because her past success has made her what it is but that’s true of everyone. She needs to use that as a launching pad and she really shouldn’t rest on her laurels. That being said, charts go by what’s out now, not from the past so it should be impartial. The real question is will she match her older success, which is what she should strive to do,” continued Pratt.
“I haven’t heard anything from her since her breakdown,” said junior Joshua Whitney. Not the biggest fan of Spears, he sees her more as a sex symbol. In the early 2000s “she pushed the boundaries and paved the way for a more taboo pop star introducing sex appeal to the mainstream audience,” he said, adding, “She has lost her throne to new pop stars but will always be remembered as a legend of pop music.”
“If she believes she should, then she should, but I don’t expect it to have a lot of success,” said Whitney, about Spears trying to make new music. “She probably has to fit mainstream as any pop star does if she tried to make a comeback,” he added.
Senior Karissa Hand believes that fans buy Spears’s albums because, “they liked her when they were young and want to support her in her comeback. She has the name recognition.”