Britney Spears’ Glory could be by far the pop superstar’s most daring album to date in the last 10 years. Not surprising for someone fondly addressed by her fans as ?The Holy Spearit.? But fans of the pop icon can easily read behind the title of her new album. She is dead set on reclaiming her triumph. This, after Britney Jean slid off the music charts and sales took a nosedive back in 2013.
Spears found a silver lining in producers like Mattman & Robin (Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez), as well as Nick Monson (ARTPOP by Lady Gaga), among others.
They decided to kiss goodbye to her familiar EDM-inspired type of music and switched to a minimalist hip-hop flavor with fave hits like “Just Luv Me,” “Slumber Party,” and “What You Need.”
Spears’ Glory experimentation takes on a fresh twist of her vocal process. Her new music partners/strategists came up with a brilliant idea, turning her breathy bedroom voice into a cooing invitation.
Indeed, it was an awesome collaboration. It would have been much better though if they also spent more time doing the songwriting as much as the “repackaging.”
A winning pop song does not entail a strong melody or enticing words. But “Clumsy” sounds a bit generic and some of her tracks seemed half baked like “Love Me Down.” These things were strangely overlooked to think Glory was in a three-year gestation.
She caught our attention back in ’99 with her hit track ?Baby One More Time? that shot off the music charts. There has been no looking back since then. Glory is a far cry from her previous collaborations as its songs became more revealing.
Spears’ was also praised by her fellow producers and collaborators in the album on how hands-on she was with the project. She was willing to do anything to come up with the unexpected. A sweet surprise, and a calmer, more soulful Spears.
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