Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Britney's Circus

Pop singer Britney Spears is reportedly putting the finishing touches on her upcoming 6th studio album titled Circus. The album will be her first offering since 2007s Blackout which although had critics singing it failed to connect to commercial success becoming her first album not be certified platinum, I'm guessing this was due to the lack of promotion (except the embarrassing performance of its lead single "Gimme More" at the 2007 Video Music Awards). Her recent appearance at the at 2008 Video Music Awards does show signs to a healthy recovery. No more late night antics, shaving of the head, flashing of the gentiles or crucifying cars with umbrellas.

Producers for the album have not yet been announced, but we know newcomers The Outsiders produce on the lead single "Womanizer" which is set for release September 22. The single is suppose to be Britneys comeback single - "Gimme More" would've done the track, if been released at the right time, it was a brilliant song, using nothing more than synthesizers, a deep bassline and a repetitive chorus, managing to peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 - her highest peaking single since her debut album 1999 with "Baby One More Time".

Circus is an interesting title, seeming as though her life does seem like a 24 hour circus. Blackout was a good electro-pop album which heavy on the vocoder and pounding album cuts like "Toy Soldier" and the enticing "Heaven On Earth", all very good, but Britneys work has seen better days. Here some of the things I expect to see in the upcoming Circus.
  • Loose the vocoder (and leave it to T-Pain and Cher)
  • More ballads ("Why Should I Be Sad" doesn't count - more "Not A Girl" esque)
  • Not so electro and more contemporary pop
  • More songs with intricate beats, making it fulfilling to perform on stage ("Me Against The Music" and "Slave 4 U" are prime examples)
  • Another "Heaven On Earth" (I just really like the song)

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