It looks like Britney Spears definitely has nine lives. ‘Glory,’ drops on Aug. 26, and proves that while her sound and messages change over time, they still feature that thing that we all love… Brit.
It’s her first album since 2013, and it was was well worth the wait. Britney Spears is using Glory to show listeners who, like me, have been waiting for something special, that not only can compete with various pop albums by artists attempting to move in to her shoes, but it can hold its own. Glory includes 17 songs — a variety of mostly upbeat, breathy, and very sexual sounds.
Sexy works for Brit, now 34, and it has since day one. While she’s had her bumps in the road, she’s never lost what works. With songs like “Private Show” about working the pole for her man, to the super sexual “Do You Wanna Come Over?” which is basically a glorified pickup line, the songs are sexy and fun, and yes, will get stuck in your head. One song that stands out is “What You Need.” The music may remind you of the sound on Christina Aguilera‘s “Back to Basics,” but of course you can tell the moment she opens her mouth that it’s Britney’s catchy voice. And it’s a jam.
Brit slows it down with her song, “Just Like Me,” which has a more acoustic sound to it until the bridge. While the story behind these lyrics (She looks like just me / No, I just can’t believe / She looks just like me) isn’t a new, fresh idea, the song doesn’t sound like the rest of the album, or really any of her past sounds either. The final song on Brit’s album is “Coupure Èlectrique,” which is fully in French; its title translates to “Blackout,” but it’s nothing at all like her fifth album. And I’m very impressed by the change up, and the language switch.
Overall, is Britney’s voice produced and process? Yes, it is Britney. But it’s not the robotic sound that we’ve heard in the past. And after nine albums, it’s tough to keep fans listening and enjoying. But for me, she did it. Because she was herself and she sounded damn good.
HollywoodLifers, do you love the album as much as I do? Let us know.