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