Ακούστε όλα τα καινούρια τραγούδια της Britney Spears
Fast-forward to the present, and the now 29-year old pop diva has brought us her seventh studio effort, "Femme Fatale." Largely produced by the inescapable hitmakers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, the album is chock full of uptempo dance numbers charged with lyrics about first looks, second glances and stolen moments.
Dr. Luke and Martin aren't the only pop masterminds behind the boards for "Femme." Spears also enlisted will.i.am, Henrik Jonback and Bloodshy, among others, to craft the 12 song set. (16 if including the four bonus tracks available on the deluxe edition.)
Here's a look at the album, song by song. What do you think of it? Be sure to tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
"Till the World Ends'" message is simple -- and one that's been echoed incessantly over the past year in countless Hot 100 top ten hits: dance until you drop from exhaustion. With its roof-shaking chant-chorus, "Femme Fatale's" opening track comes on hard like its the sexy spawn of Usher's "OMG" and Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy."
Rush-released to digital retailers in early March after it leaked, the song immediately debuted at No. 20 on the Hot 100 before vaulting to No. 9 the following week -- marking Spears' 10th top 10 single.
"Hold It Against Me"
It shouldn't surprise anyone that the anticipation for the set's first single, "Hold It Against Me," was so great that the song immediately debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It marked Spears' second chart-topping debut and her fourth No. 1 overall.
Easily a natural pick for "Femme's" third single, the oh-so-saucy "Inside Out" begins demurely enough, with Spears singing over a grinding beat about "sittin' in the mirror gettin' pretty." But things take a seriously scandalous turn when her perhaps soon-to-be-ex shows up at the door. Next thing we know, Spears is crying out "So come on! Won't you give me something to remember? Baby shut your mouth and turn me inside out." Whoah! Did it get hot in here, or is it just us? Spears even goes as far to (intentionally?) reference two of her earlier hits in "Inside's" chorus: "...hit me one more time, it's so amazing.../...you're the only one who drove me crazy..." (riffing on "...Baby One More Time" and "(You Drive Me) Crazy"). Finally, with a beat reminiscent of Ginuwine's "Pony," we await the inevitable mash-up of the two singles.
"I Wanna Go"
"How I Roll"
Put your hand up if you thought Spears sang "You could be my f*** tonight" on "How I Roll"... before you realized she was actually singing the much tamer "You could be my thug tonight?" OK, maybe that's only our hand we see in the air. "How I Roll" lets listeners take a break from the disco inferno of "Femme's" first four tracks, as it pop-pops along like a bubble machine with a perky little summery beat.
"(Drop Dead) Beautiful" featuring Sabi
"Seal It With a Kiss"
In the way that "I Wanna Go" is a sibling to "Till the Wold Ends," here we find another kissin' cousin: "Seal It With a Kiss" is clearly the companion piece to "Inside Out." In our minds, we hear "Seal" -- which describes a (wished for?) secret affair -- as the prelude to what ultimately ends with "Inside Out." On "Femme Fatale," Spears is at her best when working her sex-kitten smolder, excelling on the tracks -- like "Seal" -- where the listener is pushed to the emotional edge of either a feverish meeting on the dancefloor, or a sexy romp in a bedroom or backroom.
"Big Fat Bass" featuring will.i.am
"Trouble For Me"
"Trip To Your Heart"
We're in the home stretch of the album and we're getting to the tunes that are either going to be loved or hated. This particular track, "Trip To Your Heart," with lyrics like "spread my wings out into the dark / I'll fly away on a trip to your heart," divided many fans on Twitter. While some admire its tender, lovey-dovey sentiment, others have suggested it's quite out of place on another otherwise aggressively button-pushing feet-on-the-floor set.
"Gasoline" works every possible pun involving fuel. Take your pick: "my heart runs only on supreme," "you're setting me on fire," "your touch burning me," "you burn up everything," etc. If one can get past the lyrical silliness, there's a rather pedestrian pop tune underneath. Again, "Gasoline" is buried towards the end of "Femme" for a reason.
Bonus Tracks on Deluxe Version:
"Up N' Down"
"He About to Lose Me"
"Don't Keep Me Waiting"