Category: Gift Ideas

New Music: Britney Jean Review

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Here’s my song-by-song review (although somewhat bias) in 140 characters or less of Britney Spears‘ eighth album, Britney Jean.

1. Alien
Great song. Haunting vocals. Contagious lyrics. Definitely not Oops 2.0, but good in its own grown up way. Prefer leaked version better.

2. Work Bitch
After listening to the entire album, I think this was a weird first single to release. Especially “for the gays.” Good, but not my fave.

3. Perfume
It took me a while to warm up to Perfume (because I wear cologne), but… I do like it. Vocals are really strong. Lyrics are kinda dumb.

4. It Should Be Easy
Britney? No. Basically auto tune featuring will.i.am. However, I like the verses. “Million billion” gets me every time.

5. Tik Tik Boom
One of the best songs on the album. Should have been first single. Has mass appeal. Much more gay friendly. Less auto tune than normal.

6. Body Ache
The name suggests this song has potential, but it’s just okay. Not the best intro. The first verse is the best. Bad chorus. Okay beat.

7. Til It’s Gone
I liked Til It’s Gone the first time I heard it. Great beat with good lyrics. The intro verse pulls you in immediately. Vegas set list?

8. Passenger
Enter Jesus… The first of a few where Godney comes out, literally. Passenger is good, not great. Vocals are odd. Grew on me over time.

9. Chillin’ With You
IMHO… Maybe one of the dumbest songs I’ve ever heard. Fun and cute collaboration, but it fell flat. Not memorable or exciting.

10. Don’t Cry
Mid tempo ballad. Not bad, but not great. Britney speaks Spanish during the chorus (kinda). TBH… More relatable than Perfume.

11. Brightest Morning Star
And… More Jesus. I was depressed after first listening, but Brightest Morning Star has grown on me. Take it as you will. It is what it is.

12. Hold On Tight
I mean… The Deluxe Holy Edition? Song is, yet again, about Jesus. Strongest Britney vocals of the album, though. Amen.

13. Now That I Found You
Hands down my favorite song on the album. Great beat, great lyrics and great vocals. Should be a single. Club worthy.

14. Perfume (The Dreaming Mix)
No, no. Just no. The original is just okay as it is. Why slow it down? I could have done without this one… Sorry, Britney!

Overall, Britney Jean is okay. I’m not obsessed with any particular song (or songs) which makes me a little sad and suicidal. I was hoping for something better and more… Britney.

The album is also very far from being “personal,” which is how Britney has described it in countless interviews. Not sure if she’s even listened to the album. I can’t help but wonder what the album would have been like if will.i.am didn’t produce it… No one will ever know (unless tracks leak).

I’d say buy the album and give it a listen. Don’t get me wrong… There are a handful of good songs. Some diamonds in the rough, if you will.

Britney Jean is available in both deluxe and standard editions on iTunes.

Designed By Me, For Me: The Mean Green 574s from New Balance

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I was recently invited to attend New Balance’s ‘Design It. Share It. Wear It.’ Event celebrating the new 574 customization kiosk at the New Balance Experience Store on Fifth Avenue.

The event was well attended by editors, bloggers and New Balance fanatics, including myself. Draft beer from Sixpoint Brewery was poured all evening alongside hotdogs and hamburgers from Bark.

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Event atmosphere. #newbalance #NBNYC #NBNYC574

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Sixpoint Brewery
is located in Redhook, Brooklyn and has become my new favorite local brewery. #sixpointbrewery

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I had one of each from Bark… And both were really good! #noshame #barkhotdogs

 

In addition to great gift bags, custom shirts with Five Seven Four and Made In The USA (which reminded me of Miley Cyrus) imprinted on the front were made on-site and given away. They also had several big giveaways, including a trip to Maine, that were raffled off throughout the evening. Although I didn’t win any of the giveaways, I did walk away from the event with a free, new pair of my own customized New Balance 574s!

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Custom shirts were made and given away on-site. #madeintheuse #mileycyrus

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DJ Mars, a self-proclaimed New Balance fanatic, emceed the event.

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Atmosphere.

All guests were treated to the opportunity to customize their own 574s using the new customization kiosk at the New Balance Experience Store. From the sole and the shoe laces to the logo embroidery and the tongue label, every element of your 574s can be customized using the extremely easy-to-use customization kiosk. You can also name your 574s.

Here are my custom New Balance 574s, The Mean Green, designed by me, for me:

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If you can’t make it to New Balance’s Experience Store, need not worry! You can also design your own 574s on New Balance’s website. A custom pair of New Balance 574s cost $139.95.

The event also celebrated and recognized New Balance’s continued commitment to manufacturing products in the United States.  For more than 75 years, New Balance has been committed to creating quality products in the United States. Believe it or not, New Balance is one of the only athletic shoe manufactures that can make this claim (which is all the more reason to celebrate!).

Follow me on Instagram (@justinbreton) to see where I take my custom 574s, The Mean Greens! 

 

The New Balance Experience Store is located at 20th Street and 5th Avenue.

Michelle Williams is Perfect in Louis Vuitton’s Latest Brand Ads

As I flip through W’s September Fall Fashion Issue, I can’t help but think… Michelle Williams is stunningly perfect in Louis Vuitton’s latest brand ad for their W bag, available exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores and online.

Simply put: I’m obsessed.

Well done, Louis Vuitton.

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For more from the captivating ad, watch this behind-the-scenes look from the shoot with a sneak peak at Louis Vuitton’s October brand ads featuring their Capucines bags: