No, she didn’t do it again. Britney Spears is embarking on a new trip with her latest album, Britney. It’s more adult, but her step away from her true bubble gum roots may squash her.
“I’m A Slave 4 U” comes out telling us that she’s sick of us seeing her as a little girl. Seriously, she is only nineteen, not twenty-nine, but she wants to act like she is. There is nothing about this move into adulthood that is slow and steady as Madonna’s once was. Britney rushes into it head on. “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” tries to take the walk a bit slower, but nothing about this album is consistent with what this song preaches. The songs will probably be a hit with the younger girls who think they are relating, but it’s the false promise of a girl who has never lived a real life. Britney’s perspective is of one who gets everything she wants. How many people do you know like that?
“Boys” isn’t hot, it’s adult, but it’s not as playful as Janet Jackson, though Britney sure would like you to think so. “Anticipating” is a complete Janet rip-off.
Spears sings about being “Overprotected”, perhaps it’s true, but mostly I’d say just sheltered. It seems that for the past five years Britney has lost a lot of perspective.
Britney’s cover of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock & Roll” is terrible.
What I haven’t mentioned is how none of the songs on Britney really spark anything. There are no real hit singles. The problem is that there are no super sexy hits, and even worse there is no meat. The album is all skin and bones. There is no heart and that could be Britney’s biggest downfall.