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I’ve had mixed opinions about Britney’s previous releases, I just didn’t understand the thinking behind the concept of her image, songs and presentation. It was with this that I had sincere apprehension when it came to the release of “Femme Fatale”. After hearing “Hold It Against Me”, I wasn’t impressed with the direction and ‘off the shelf’ feel of the track. It holds no quality or distinction that one should expect from an international superstar. Despite this, the album has surprised me with a few fantastic tracks and interesting musical styles.
Notable, stand out songs for me are: Criminal – A very ‘Pop’ style track fusing different genres that make it quite interesting and easy listening.
Gasoline – I like the attitude and simplicity in this track, lead by a bass line and a basic guitar riff that once entwined in morphing synths adds the Britney element that is expected.
(Drop Dead) Beautiful – Has a Hip-Hop synth lead that carries it and adds a sexy and sultry aura. This evolves as the bridge enters with full pads and breaks into the club beat of the chorus. It is a cool song and one for the pop/ electro clubbers.
Inside Out – Has an old style Pop/ Hip-Hop fusion feel but is brought into today with immaculate and precise production.
Till The World Ends – Just might be my favourite off the album. A real club anthem that is perfect for the weekend. Flawless in its execution it holds the exacting qualities that Britney Spears has been known for.
Overall the album is perfectly produced and has a number of great tracks. It is not very ‘Pop’ and is very much in the door of club/ dance music with complete radio edit feel. It’s no bad thing and with the quality in there it stands significantly higher in my opinion over her previous album and single releases. 4/5*