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|3.5 great||David James Young | March 20th 11|
Brit is very much in the deep end of electronic pop music now, and there's no going back. Really, though, when you've got such a strong hit ratio in contrast to weaker moments, she doesn't particularly need to. Femme Fatale keeps her head above water with excellent production, arena-sized synths and some inventive choruses. Not everything is quite as inspired as it makes itself out to sound, and it could well be argued that Spears herself is becoming a less important factor of the songs themselves with each release. Still, this is a strong release in her post-"comeback" era, sitting just below Circus (I don't know who that random is BELOW ME, but Circus is pretty clearly her best album, duh) and around the same level of quality as Blackout. It's Britney, bitch. You don't care? Cool, go back to your fucking Protest the Hero.
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|2.0 poor||Conrad Tao EMERITUS | March 14th 11|
Britney Spears' new album is hell of a lot better than the steaming shitpile that was Circus, which may be the result of pop wizard Max Martin being back in charge of the whole shebang, but it never reaches the heights of 2007's Blackout, Spears' best effort to date. At times, Femme Fatale seems to be trying desperately to sound "edgy" or - and this is even worse - weird, as in the atrocious "How I Roll", which opens with some legitimately interesting cut-and-paste electronics that wouldn't sound out of place on Body Talk, but proceeds to go absolutely nowhere, laying on FruityLoops presets and vocal effects frantically to cover up for the lack of, y'know, actual songwriting. Towards the end of the record, Spears sings, "This love isn't rational / it's physical". "Disposable" might be a better word, as it fits better with Femme Fatale as a whole - twelve cuts, none of them particularly memorable, filled with immortal gems of wisdom like "you could be my fuck tonight". Charming.
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|0.0 ||Matthew D. French CONTRIBUTOR | March 14th 11|
Throughout her career, Britney has shown us that she does have potential to be an adequate pop star, the problem is that she's never lived up to what little promise she's displayed. Her newest offering starts out with the immediately accessible pop tune, "Till The World Ends". Typical? Hell yes - perhaps not for her per se, but it's nothing that's pushing boundaries. However, it ends up being one of the more distinguishable songs here. The chopped vocals in the chorus: 'Whoa oh, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah- ah oh' make it an undeniably fun song, even if admittedly gimmicky. But ultimately - much like almost everything else she's put her name to - the album is encumbered by simple (idiotic) lyricism, typical song structures, tastelessly repetitive choruses (seriously, "How I Roll" has to be one of the shittiest songs I've ever heard). It's all been done before, which means that Britney is either okay with regurgitating the same garbage, or she's an idiot...Probably going to assume the latter considering the fact that she enlisted Will.I.Am. on "Big Fat Bass" - to further show that he's just about the most talentless pop star to ever walk the face of the earth: "Ya'll better get ready for the kick drum.. ya'll addicts better have a prescription / me and Brit got the whole club tripin' / they sit and wait and listen for the kick drum, for the kick drum, for the kick drum - for the BASS ROCKIN' ALL IN YO FACE!". OH YEAYUH!!!! AUTOTUNE! All in all, just another generic as hell pop album that channels very little emotion and ends up going nowhere.
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|2.5 average||Nevin | March 16th 11|
Not that bad at all, really. Very, very catchy at times, though it does get sunk slightly by rcommon pop sinkholes.
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|0.0 ||Deviant STAFF | March 16th 11|
Katy Perry's dubstep > Britney Spears' dubstep
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|0.0 ||Prince1993 | March 12th 11|
This is heavily dubstep influenced.
Definitely the best Britney Spears album.
Enjoyed every single track of the album.
The best songs are - Till The World Ends, How I Roll & Criminal.
The Bitch is back..!!!
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|4.5 superb||JTmusic1995 | July 4th 12|
It may have taken her four records, but 2003's "In the Zone" found Britney Spears coming into her own as a sexy adult that fused dance-pop, urban, and techno to be taken seriously. Although it worked, as it is one of the best Pop albums of the decade, the two follow-ups- the overwhelmingly deep, dark, "Blackout," and the sweet yet unconvincing "Circus- failed to focus on such an artistic vision. Then came "Femme Fatale;" like Madonna, Btritney is a club-pop diva that overindulges on lust, and it works. The opener "Till the World Ends," is electro-pop at its best with simple yet sexy lyrics. Unlike previous albums that blended within themselves, Britnry now has enough authority to get a little weird on Femme Fatale. "How I Roll" pops as the electronics mingle with Britney's distorted voice a la Dr. Luke. "I Wanna Go" is arguably the greatest proclaim of hedonism in pop history. The best tracks have the biggest club beats, like the #1 hit "Hold It Agsinst Me" that climaxes with a cool rave scene from 1997. "(Drop Dead) Beautiful" brings Dubstep music into the Pop mainstream. "Inside Out, "Gasoline" and "Seal It With A Kiss" may not be as strong, but they definitely are not filler. They have the same pop production and electronic dance experimentation to make sure they fit on the album. "Trip To Your Heart" is easily the best song, mixing the sweet bubbly dance-pop style of 1999 (epitomized by Britney) and lyrically exploring every part of a lover's body in a way "Toxic" did not. The album comes to a surprisingly sensitive end with "Criminal", the real-life story of how Britney fell in love with a bad boy, and it's just as sexy as any other track here. Femme Fatale truly is a work of pop perfection, and the best part is, Britney is making fine entertainment no matter what anyone thinks.
|3.5 great||Irving Tan STAFF | March 23rd 11|
My guilty pleasure central of the year. And you could be my fuck tonight.
|1.5 very poor||Adrian Hertzberg CONTRIBUTOR | March 15th 11|
Just awful. This is the sound of Britney Spears trying to become relevant again, and failing miserably. She's trying to sound all dubstep-y, and from a financial standpoint, I can understand why she would choose that route (and by "she" I mean Britney Spears the franchise, not the person). She's trying to get in on a trend that's about to explode and be the next big thing, which is a smart move. Unfortunately for Britney though, the album is pure crap. +.5 for at least trying to do something different from her other albums. Also some of it is kind of catchy in a good way, like I Wanna Go. Most of it is catchy in the "dear GOD please stop raping my brain" sense though. (Drop Dead) Beautiful is honestly one of the worst songs I've ever heard. Just, read this lyric: "You must be b-i-g/Because, you got me hypnotized/Whoever said that beauty's on the inside is a liar/'Cause, what I'm looking at right now/Would make a big girl cry/So fasten up your seatbelt/It's gon' be a bumpy ride." That's so revoltingly bad, I want to puke. Oh I almost forgot, someone needs to tell her that "if I said you had a nice body, would you hold it against me?" was maybe funny at one time, but that was in the early 90s and not for very long.
|5.0 classic||Kaos28 | May 25th 13|
|2.0 poor||DNNY | May 12th 13|
|3.0 good||qwenty | March 17th 13|
|1.0 awful||akimbo | December 20th 12|
|5.0 classic||ysgar | December 10th 12|
|3.5 great||Sam | December 5th 12|
|3.5 great||t67 | November 16th 12|
|1.5 very poor||jpratm | August 28th 12|
|4.0 excellent||raina | July 9th 12|
|1.5 very poor||MrOx93 | April 28th 12|
|4.0 excellent||abbakid | April 15th 12|
|3.0 good||jrcven | March 24th 12|
|3.0 good||Dan | March 3rd 12|
|2.0 poor||Julia | February 29th 12|
|3.5 great||kevregz | February 17th 12|
|3.5 great||chayka | February 7th 12|
|3.5 great||Saulo | October 23rd 11|
|2.5 average||Shayl | July 2nd 11|
|3.5 great||Nick | June 29th 11|
|3.5 great||4ester | April 26th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Nouggie | March 28th 11|
|4.0 excellent||BSX | March 26th 11|
|4.0 excellent||mvdu | March 24th 11|
|3.0 good||DinoX | March 22nd 11|
|2.0 poor||cami37 | March 21st 11|
|3.5 great||Rudy K. STAFF | March 20th 11|
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