Britney Spears ‘Glory’ 2016

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It’s Britney Bitch – A Brief Background

Worldwide phenomenon and queen of the comebacks Britney Spears is back and this time she has offered up her 9th studio album ‘Glory’. Recently Britney has been wowing audience members at her Las Vegas residency and stunning at the Billboard music awards showcasing a mega-mix of her greatest songs, yet somehow, Brit has found a way to record 17 new tracks for her next musical endeavor, how will this shape up to our Circus review? and will Britney have progressed musically? Let’s divulge!  

The Singles released from ‘Glory’ include:
Make Me (Ft. G-Eazy) – US#17   UK#42
Private show *Promo single* 


 

1. Invitation 

(B.Spears, J.Michaels, J.Tranter, N.Monson)

Instantly, this sounds like a zen track from Britney with an Asian twist to it. “Here’s my invitation baby” works great as an intro and literally invites the listener to engage in the journey Britney is providing with Glory. “I just need you to trust me” actually makes me nervous as to what to expect, she is keeping her cards close to her chest with ‘Invitation’ it’s calming yet the anticipation in the track is like a slow build to track 2 – it’s really easy to get into and a perfect album opener. The track is soothing, with a heavy beat and slower paced vocals – a treat. 6.5/10

2. Do You Wanna Come Over?

(M.Larsson, R.Fredriksson, J.Michaels, J.Tranter, S.Chila)

OK… I wasn’t expecting such a swift change in theme – the beat and ‘Justin Timberlake‘ style guitar riff sounds quite dirty, musically and the clumbsy vocal arrangements coinciding with the sounds of cans opening work really well together and it’s very Ke$ha meets Timberlake. This is definitely a sound I wish to hear more of from Britney – the sound is engaging from start to end and the song takes several twists and turns… I could definitely see this as a single and Britney sounds very good on the track. Could this be classed as ‘Outrageous’ part 2? 7/10

 
3. Make Me (Ft.G-Eazy)

(B.Spears, M.Burns, J.Janiak, G.Gillum)

Now this is the track a lot of people would be waiting for seeing as it’s the lead single from the album. The change in pace is welcomed and resembles the same ‘zen’ vibe from track 1. The heavy chorus really compliments Britney’s light and fluffly vocals and makes for a nice juxtaposition. The builds “Wan’t you to move” also set the choruses up a treat. G-Eazy’s appearance is needed I think, it sounds like one of those typical instrumentals where a rapper will pop up, but I feel it enhances the sound and it’s the only credited feature on the track list. I feel this single is another one to add to ‘classic Britney 8/10

 
4. Private Show

(B.Spears, C.M.Williams, T.Winfrey, S.Smith)

As soon as the track starts, the background sounds really resemble something from a circus and this track wouldn’t have been out of place on Britney’s ‘Circus’ album; these sounds carry the song and it’s really enjoyable to hear Britney’s vocals in more of a raw form – she sounds really strong and it reinforces the ideology of this track being a female empowerment anthem. The chorus is particularly catchy and really keeps the listener engaged, leaving them wanting more. However, the vocals really start to grate by the end of the song “Put on a private show” particularly. 7.5/10

 
5. Man On The Moon

(J.Evigan, I.Juber, P.Ryan, S.Fox, M.Lomax)

The instrumental to this track is exceedingly catchy, I could happily listen to that on its own. However, with the vocals, it kind of makes the whole thing seem ‘wishy washy’ until the gorgeous falsetto notes “On the Moon” kick in. It kind of feels like a 2003 B-side, lyrically relating to a more vulnerable Britney. It has a lovely sentiment to it nevertheless. 6/10

 
6. Just Luv Me

(D.Omelio, M.A.Hoiberg, J.Michaels)

Wow – as soon as the track kicks in, it holds so much resemblance to Justin Bieber’s ‘Company’ from the arrangements and the robotic sounds in the background. It’s actually hard to shake it from my mind. I love the way Britney sings in this track, it’s sultry and teasing, whilst singing from an endearing and vulnerable point of view. Towards the end of the track, the repetition of ‘Just Luv Me’ becomes irritating and starts to resemble a track from Fifth Harmony’s 7/27 album. Another mid-tempo mellow track. 5/10

 
7. Clumsy

(T.Riley, W.Felder, A.Niceforo)

Yes… Here we go, builds from the beginning, and a killer vocal arrangement and a gradually building instrumental – Femme Fatale Britney is back! The theme of the track is very playful indeed and the way Britney sings the track in almost a rushed manner really emphasises the song’s message and you can picture a music video for the track, with Britney being tossed all over the room. An album gem. 8/10

  
8. Slumber Party

(M.Larsson, R.Fredriksson, J.Michaels, J.Tranter)

Rihanna is that you? The beat is reminiscent of a Rihanna track, with the urban body roll vibe. Listening to the track, it’s hard to think that Britney hasn’t done a song with this theme before, it’s cleverly written and talks of the naughty side of a ‘slumber party’. I do find the track very middle of the road but I wouldn’t skip it – it’s very engaging. 5.5/10

 
9. Just Like Me

(B.Spears, J.Michaels, J.Tranter, N.Monson)

I always do it. I judge the song before it’s played based on the title, and I had no idea the song would include “She looks just like me” and be from the perspective of a scorned lover and the previous relationship – I assumed it would be a raunchy kind of song and I must say it’s nice to hear a song like this from Britney, the vocals are floaty and it keeps the listener engaged. 5.5/10

 
10. Love Me Down

(E.K.Bogart, A.Goldstein, J.John, J.Karpov)

A different direction from Britney now, more urban and I’m not sure if it’s working for her or not… I feel the song has a lot of potential but it’s too Gwen Stefani and not enough Britney. In fact this would have been perfect for Gwen’s album “The Sweet Escape” but I don’t feel it suits Britney or her weak vocals very much. Having said that, Britney sounded very good in the middle 8. I like how the track goes in several directions and almost sounds like 3 songs stitched together. 7/10

 
11. Hard To Forget Ya

(O.Gorres, I.Kirkpatrick, B.Coney, D.Andrews, E.Drewett)

Now I feel indifferent about this track – I love the verses and the pre-choruses/builds are amazing, providing a perfect sense of anticipation, but the choruses are just horrendous; the beat is too heavy with clumbsy hooks, Britney sounds bored and it’s very ‘Beat dropping trend chaser’. What a shame. 4.5/10

 
12. What You Need

(B.Spears, C.M.Williams, T.Winfrey, S.Smith)

A trip to the 60’s to open this track with a kick ass vocal from Britney is always a good way to start a song. Also, kudos to Britney on that vocal, she sounds amazing and it’s quite raw. The hand claps in the chorus really boost the songs energy (Like it needs boosting anymore) but I wish they made more of the choruses, they are quite on par with the verses in term of production and need lifting just a little bit more, but it’s a sound that I think suits Britney very well and it’s contagious as hell. 7.5/10

 
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13. Better

(B.Spears, J.Michaels, J.Tranter, M.Tucker)

I’m getting Selena Gomez ‘Revival’ vibes with this track – the instrumental fits her sound very well, providing an almost Bollywood theme. I can see why this track is a bonus track, it’s quite limp and is something that would be released from a newbie on the scene, chasing trends – think ‘Lean on. 4.5/10

 
14. Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)

(M.Larsson, R.Fredriksson, J.Michaels, J.Tranter)

Spanish influences from the outset here with sounds of an acoustic guitar, to reveal Britney singing, puts her in a sultry tango light – I can picture her dancing with a lover. It’s another sound that works well with Britney, proving she is adaptable. I can see why it’s a bonus track though, it doesn’t fit with the album’s sound. I particularly loved the vocal arrangement on “Make you change your mind” with an inflection at the end. 6.5/10

 
15. Liar

(J.Evigan, B.Isaac, D.Parker, N.Overstreet)

I love a bit of attitude from Britney and she isn’t skimping here is she? She sounds like a force to be reckoned with – the track almost sounds like something from a movie (An empowerment section) the hook is infectious and the dramatic instrumental keeps you engaged. On first listen the song reminded me of a mixture of ‘Toxic’ and ‘I Love Rock n Roll’ – a recipe for success. 7/10

 
16. If I’m Dancing

(I.Kirkpatrick, S.Wilcox, C.Kreviazuk)

‘If I’m Dancing’ is a track which just makes you want to dance immediately and it’s actually quite hypnotic – Britney‘s British accent is back, and it draws you in. I could see this track doing well in the club scene, more floaty vocals over a unique and contagious beat which is soothing in a weird way. 7.5/10

 
17. Coupure Electrique  

(B.Spears, L.E.Shipp, N.Marshall, R.Kennedy)

Now this is a track which I feel was being fought for to be included on the album, as it doesn’t really go anywhere and it’s odd. The haunting instrumental makes Britney’s french vocals sound eerie creating an uneasy atmosphere – it’s definitely an odd way to end the album, and it’s safe to say, I probably wont hear the track ever again. 2/10


Final Thoughts and Overall Score

Overall, I’m not sure if I am happy with ‘Glory’ or disappointed? Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy that Britney is still making music and I am sure to listen to ‘Glory’ again and again, but I’m disappointed at the lack of creativity and uniqueness of the sounds. This comes from tracks like ‘Love Me Down’ sounding like they have been poached from Gwen Stefani and ‘Just Luv Me’ that sounds like a Justin Bieber carbon copy of ‘Company’. Then you have the track ‘Man on the Moon’ which follows the same sort of theme as ‘Criminal’ and ‘Better’ which could have easily been given to Selena Gomez. With that being said, that doesn’t mean there aren’t stand out moments from Britney and her team; ‘Private Show’ was particularly enjoyable with a circus theme carrying the track and an extremely contagious hook and chorus. We then see the likes of ‘What You Need’ and ‘If I’m Dancing’ which represent the experimental sides of Britney which she pulls off very well! This leads me to commend Britney on her vocals, they are in the rawest form that we have seen for a while and they sound quite good and she sounds endearing in several songs on the album. Additionally, the tracks are written very well and it’s nice to see that Britney herself has writing credits on a few tracks, showing she still has passion for the project. 105.5/170

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