Likes: Inside Out, Seal it With a Kiss, Gasoline
Overall: It’s the Britney album I liked the least. Didn’t enjoy it. The material is extremely redundant.
Anyone could’ve guessed that Britney’s new album, “Femme Fatale”, would incorporate the ever-popular techno-electro-dance sound of today, but geez, I didn’t expect the record to be doused in it. Most of the album sounds like you’re going through Super Mario World. Occasionally, the musical production is appealing and multidimensional, but sonically, it’s largely redundant. The problem with techno-dance music is that the beat pattern is predictable and almost always the same. Untuss, Untuss, Untuss Untuss, Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom. When you have a whole album of such, it might be hard to keep the listeners attention, and that’s EXACTLY what happened. “Fatale” functioned as unnoticeable background music as I prepared my dinner and checked my email. A few songs slightly caught my ear along the way (ex. the “Likes” above, “Drop Dead Beautiful,” “Big Fat Bass,” “Trip to Your Heart,” “Don’t Keep Me Waiting”), but I had to make myself sit down and stop what I was doing to really tune in. Once I did, I realized that the lyrical content was just as redundant as the production, despite there being at least 16 different writers. “Fatale” is a long one-night-stand; most of the songs are about finding someone in the club to screw for the evening, as Britney proclaims on “How I Roll”: “you can be my f*** tonight.” The lyrics are so cyclic, “Inside Out” seemed innovative for discussing sex with an ex. On another note, I could appreciate the use of live instruments on “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” and Will.I.Am’s fairly eclectic production on “Big Fat Bass.”
As surprising as this may sound, “Femme Fatale” is the only Britney album I don’t like. Guess there’s a first time for everything. I felt like I was listening to the same song for an hour. No go. If you’re curious to hear some snippets of the record, an album sampler is below.
To digress, if the foundation of your album’s sound is going to be techno-dance, spice it up a little bit by adding elements from other genres and modulating the tempo. Just a thought.