Album Review: Britney Spears - Femme Fatale (Jive)
Is it Britney's best ever record?
With a not-exactly-rapturously received lead single that dipped its toe warily into dubstep (the cunningly titled [b]‘Hold It Against Me’[/b]), [b]Britney’s[/b] new album was always going to be a wild card. And luckily, it is, but in the good way. While keeping classic [b]Britney[/b] touches, [b]Ms Spears[/b] shows exactly how she’s stayed around for so long. Bloodshy and Avant track [b]‘How I Roll’[/b]sounds like a bloghaus [b]Britney[/b] bootleg – all stripped back instrumentation and layered vocals. Meanwhile [b]‘Gasoline’[/b] is classic [b]‘Toxic’[/b]-era [b]Spears[/b] and [b]‘Inside Out’[/b] is a garage-influenced mid-tempo ballad. The whole album brims with the laidback confidence of someone who knows she’s back on top. [b]Britney[/b] claims it’s her best work yet. She’s not wrong.