Britney Spears bombs with ‘Blackout’ release

November 8, 2007

by Mary Nash

Flash back eight years.

The year is 1999. Ricky Martin is livin’ la vida loca. Boy bands have tween girls everywhere swooning, and brawls have broken out over which N’Syncer is the dreamiest.
Britney Spears walks onto the scene with a bubbly image that made young girls everywhere admire and adore her.

Bypass the years of her barely-there outfits and 55-hour marriages to now.

This week, Spears made news for something other than shaving her head, attacking the paparazzi or losing then regaining then losing her children.

Who actually knew Britney was a singer?

Blackout, Spears’ latest release, is one of the first attempts by Spears to say anything she really feels about her life, even though she didn’t write the lyrics.
For example, “Piece of Me,” with lyrics that bash both tabloids and paparazzi alike, is one of the catchiest songs on the album.

Egging on anyone who has something to say about her, Spears spouts lyrics like, “I’m Miss American dream since I was 17/ Don’t matter if I step on the scene/ Or sneak away to the Philippines/ They still gonna put pictures of my derriÇùre in the magazine/ You want a piece of me?” The use of “derriÇùre” in a song does not echo a Shakespearean sonnet, but it is one of the few tracks on ,the CD with that old Spears flare that so many have connected with over the years.

Later, “Break the Ice” will have audiences feeling déjÇÿ vu with the same panting and moaning that many will recall from her “I’m a Slave 4 U.”

Another track, oddly enough titled “Freakshow,” seems to channel Fergie more than breaking the pop music mold.

Spears addresses her hard-partying ways with a dance cut that shamelessly exploits her ability to get a man just by walking into a room.

Yet there is a vulnerable side of Spears that appears on the last track, “Why Should I Be Sad,” which many will automatically associate with her wannabe rapper ex-husband, Kevin Federline. With lyrics such as, “I thought, ‘what could separate us’/ But it just seemed that Vegas only brought the playa out of you.”

Aside from many other tracks that boast sexually explicit imagery, the album does echo the old all-American Britster that we all hope she will one day become again.
Blackout is a step in the right direction, showing growth and sustainability for the pop princess.