Review: Britney Spears - Womanizer

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Out 14 2008, 15h46



Ok, confession time. Despite the fact that for many people, 'Blackout' was the creative peak of Britney's career thus far, I wasn't a fan. It wasn't a bad album, I didn't hate it, but it left me a bit cold. For the most part it sounded like an album that was hastily assembled around scraps of recordings (example: 'Get Naked (I Got A Plan) featuring little more than a fleeting appearance by the lead artist). Choruses that amounted to little more than repeating the title of the song ad nauseum. Ironic then that it should sit so well with critics and fans alike.

'Womanizer' acts more as the spiritual follow-on from 'Blackout' in much the same way as 'Oops...I Did It Again' was the natural progression from Britney's debut album. That is, it retains the hallmarks of it's predecessor - lets face it, "Womanizer, woman-womanizer, you're a womanizer oh, womanizer oh, you're a womanizer baby" probably didn't take much longer to compose than 'Gimme More'.

So what's changed in that case? The vocals, still laced with vocal touch-ups and hefty post-production values seem to have something behind them this time. That is, they lack the lifelessness of pretty much everything on 'Blackout'. The delivery reinforces the real-life persona, gone is the passive, breakdown Britney and in place is material that sounds like it was recorded, not pasted together.

It's not perfect though, the middle-eight is horribly out of place in a song that until that point is frantic, zipping from verse to chorus in relentless fashion. It also lacks the authentic, geniunely irresistible beat from 'Gimme More' so that you're left wondering whether to try and keep up with the song or just sit it out altogether. The choreography in the video suggests a similar dilemma that was resolved by doing a bit of both.

Nonetheless, the whole package is thankfully a million miles away from the likes of 'Me Against The Music' which is always something to be glad of.

7/10

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