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Album Review

The title says it all — that this third album is where it's all about Britney. Actually, the titles say it all: Britney is "Overprotected," she pleads "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," tries to let us all see "What It's Like to Be Me." All three songs are pivotal moments on Britney Spears' third album, the record where she strives to deepen her persona (not the same thing as her character, of course), making it more adult while still recognizably Britney. That much was evident from the selection of the first single, "I'm a Slave 4 U," a sultry Neptunes-produced salute to Prince that is so far removed from the big, glitzy Max Martin productions that are her signature that at first it sounds awkward, even wrong. As it grows, it sounds like one of her best singles — a skittering, spare funk number that is a perfect next move for her teasing, unformed sexiness. Such a departure seems to signal a full album of surprises like that, especially when teamed with the aforementioned title, but Britney isn't that bold — after it opens with the Neptunes' retro-future funk, it delves right back into Martin territory with "Overprotected." At first, that's a disappointment, but then the small, yet significant, changes become apparent. Rhythmically and melodically, the whole album is sharper, tougher than what came before. What used to be unabashedly frothy has some disco grit, underpinned by Spears' spunky self-determination that helps sell hooks that are already catchier, by and large, than those that populated her previous two albums. While there's no denying that this reinvention and statement of dogged individuality is no doubt a calculated move (and a brilliant, timely one at that), there's no denying that it's effective, in large part because Spears is committed to making this record work. She's co-written more songs than ever before, and these are strong selections, whether it's the hard-edged "Lonely," the sweet "That's Where You Take Me," or, especially, the neo-disco "Anticipating," one of the pure delights on this record. These are small steps forward — really, the most overt steps forward are the collaborations with the Neptunes on "Slave" and "Boys," which are the sexiest sounding cuts she ever did — but most of the Martin productions sound fuller (particularly the Dido-written ballad "I'm Not a Girl"), and Rodney Jerkins offers some welcome rhythmic invention on many of his contributions. This isn't a perfect record — Martin stumbles on "Bombastic Love," Jerkins drops the ball on "I Love Rock N Roll" (this year's entry of the now obligatory cringe-inducing classic rock by Ms. Spears) — but it does sound like the work of a star who has now found and refined her voice, resulting in her best record yet (and rivaling Mandy Moore's eponymous album as the best teen-pop record yet released). It's enough of a reinvention to suggest that Britney will know what to do when the teen-pop phenomenon of 1999-2001 passes for good.

Customer Reviews

The Album That Started It All!

This album was the beginning of Britney's sensuality. She became sexy with class and maybe people can not do that but Britney pulled it off well. Britney's albums were now reaching out to a mature crowed and not just the teens anymore. And I know people were pretty shocked when they saw that huge snake around her neck and the 2001 VMA's. 1. I'm A Slave 4 U: First single on the album. Britney showing the world that she's not that little girl everyone new and loved. Now she's telling you that she's young but she and she knows what she wants. The song has a nice beat by Pharrell Williams and she sounds more mature as well. 5/5 2. Overprotected: 2nd single of the album. A great song, good lyrics and fun to dance too. 5/5 3. Lonely: I really like this song. I love the beat . It's pretty upbeat and fresh. really hard not to like .4/5 4. I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman: 3rd single of the album. Showing the world that she's no longer a child so don't treat her like one. The lyrics are really good and it goes great with the beat. 5/5 5.Boys: Really fun, sexy and addictive. I love this song. It's one of the best on the whole album. 5/5 6. Anticipating: Pretty good song.Has a Girls Night Out feel to it. 4/5 7. I Love Rock 'N' Roll: I don't really like cover songs but this one was pretty good. It made me like the song more than the original song! 5/5 8. Cinderella: I like this song but it's not the best song on the album and it's not bad at all. 3/5 9. Let Me Be: Sends the same massage. She's not a child so let her be. 4/5 10. Bombastic Love: Some what like Overprotected but it's kinda different. I like this song and it was on the beginning of the Overprotected video. Oh yeah..that's why they sound the same. The go together. 5/5 11. That's Where You Take Me: I love this song. One off my favorite on the whole album. It's really good. I love the lyrics. 5/5 12. What It's Like To Be Me: I love the Beat Boxing part by Justin Timberlake. I think the song was really good. I love the beat, It's like Hip-Pop/Rock mixed all together. 6/5 Overall the album is pretty amazing and I think everyone should buy it if they don't already have it! Britney Spears is a really hard working person and it really shows that she loves what she does and she does all you the fans. She wouldn't give you an album that don't sound good and this album sound really good. 9/10!

She is the best

I dont care who you are, what you opion is out Britney idc but the fact is she as far exceeded anyones expectations and she is a phonemial geunie women! Who lost her way but is finding it again! i love her AND all she stands for go Brit

Britney at her best =]

I'm a total sucker for pop music, and it's no surprise to see me give Britney a five star review. This is probably my favorite Britney album, no joke. I adore ALL of the songs on this album. My favorite one has to be: That's Where You Take Me. It's Spears' BEST ballad ever, with the cutest lyrics. =]


Born: December 2, 1981 in McComb, MS

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

More than any other single artist, Britney Spears was the driving force behind the return of teen pop in the late '90s. The blockbuster success of the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys certainly paved the way for her own commercial breakthrough, but Spears didn't just become a star -- she was a bona fide pop phenomenon. Not only did she sell millions of records, she was a media fixture regardless of what she was (or wasn't) doing; among female singers of the era (many of whom followed in her footsteps),...
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