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Album Review

Anybody seeking an exhaustive Britney Spears compilation has been waiting for a collection like 2013's The Essential Britney Spears. Where other Britney compilations ran no longer than a single CD, this is a double-disc set with over 30 tracks — more than enough space for all of her hit American singles, although that does mean that there are some singles from non-U.S. territories that are missing in action. Usually, the earliest of these are the ones most notable — the sugary "Born to Make You Happy" is the greatest omission, but "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know," "I Love Rock N Roll," and "Anticipating" are all absent, along with latter-day dance and European singles "MMM Papi" and "Lace and Leather," European singles like "Someday (I Will Understand)" — but only hardcore fans will notice what's absent, as all the hits are here, from "…Baby One More Time" to "Till the World Ends" (plus "Scream & Shout," the hit featuring Spears). Skeptics might suspect shorter is better for Britney — and those looking for a quick blast of hits will be well-served by Playlist — but this double-disc set reveals that she had two strong, distinct phases to her career: the bubblegum pop ingénue of the new millennium, followed by the blackout club diva of ten years later. There are slow patches in both phases, but there's tremendous pop in both, and they both shine on this Essential disc.

Customer Reviews

The best of best:)

I just in love with this album:) I love britney! She's wonderful !! I recommend it:) lets help britney to keep the crown:)

& I thought gaga's new song was lame

Britney why?! Why? Yet again ANOTHER best of... Britney? Did you change labels or some? We don't want another best of... We want a new album! With new music! Why the should I pay 14 some dlrs for music most fans all ready have? Really? The 's wrong with you? Disappointed. Ain't spending my money till I see NEW MATERIAL.

Love Everything SHE touches

Every Song is a party of my life. Great songs, Timeless and Entertaining A great collection. Now we need to have the videos at this price….. Every person should have this collections. Buy now and TURN IT UP!!!


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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