Well for those of you who are now joining in on the action, I recently became a wordpress blogger, moving my original blog here and I’ve got to tell you, I’m lovin’ it!
Also, I have been checking out Britney Spears comeback album Blackout, one of the most anticipated (in good ways and bad) albums, possibly within the past decade. It’s a pretty solid album, surprisingly so given her tumultuous year and the goings on in her life. To be perfectly honest I was expecting something a little more… watery. Over processed bubblegum pop without lyrical depth and over the top production. Happily I can report my expectations were disappointed.
The debut single Gimme More happens to be one of the least exciting tracks on the album and although it did relatively well on the charts and it IS a nice song to dance to, don’t underestimate the album as a result of it.
Piece of Me set to be the next single from the album speaks to her media blitz and attention and while unlike certain other artists who whine and moan about when they mess up, she simply points out her life and puts some perspective on the whole situation.
While Radar will win no Grammy for Song of the Year, it is a strong club/pop song sure to get you dancing and the beat is crazy enough to be infectious.
One of my personal favourites Break The Ice brings Britney back to her place as Pop Princess utilizing her undeniably unique voice for which this type of music actually works. It has in all the sound effects of vintage Britney while assuring its fresh sound with instruments not usually heard in pop.
Heaven on Earth has this old club feel from back in the day when it was all about the music. It just feels like a song to dance along to or just bop your head from side to side joyously as you sit in your car or seat in the library, wherever you may find yourself.
The most shocking title coming out of the album was Get Naked (I Got A Plan) and I raised an eyebrow when I saw it and thought it was going to be a porn song done to a ballad a la Touch Of My Hand however, it’s another mid-up tempo song to dance to, or… whatever else to:).
Freakshow is daring in the manner in which it was produced and the way her voice is filtered in the first verse, it works though, and at least it’s out there in one of my favourite lines “Me and my girls like to get it on, grab us a couple boys to go” which is sexy yet not obscene.
Toy Soldier is one of those fillers that really don’t give the album weight, however as far as fillers go, it could have been a LOT worse. I hear some singles which are worse than Britney’s fillers.
My LEAST favourite song on the album is Hot As Ice which as one of my friends describes sounds like it was done by Britney Spears featuring the Oompa Loompas However, it grows on you like a fungus. I just think her voice grated across my inner ear a bit in that song.
Ooh Ooh Baby is yet another filler which adds nothing to the album but track numbers, however it still sounds cool, not single material, so of course I expect to see a music video for it soon. It seems songs which really shouldn’t be singles are chosen all the time.
*Breaks into song* “You’re the perfect lover I’m in love with all the things you do so seductive when you touch me I can’t get enough of you.” I should really find that song Perfect Lover dull but somehow it penetrated my core and filled my brain with its lyrics lol.
Finally, the song which I think was a brilliant decision to have as the final song is Why Should I Be Sad which speaks to her relationship (obviously with Kevin Federline) and actually givers her side of the story. Why I like the fact this song comes at the end is because my view on albums is that the last song SHOULD sound like the end of the album, it doesn’t have to say “Thank you for buying my cd, I really hope you enjoyed me” but it should feel as though the chapter is closing. Why Should I Be Sad does that for me, and it really made the album sound complete. Great production thanks to the likes of Danja Hands, Pharrell Williams and Jonathan Rotem, this album will certainly be a PushPlay album. All in all, I give Blackout a surprising 4.5 Stars out of 5.