We’ve just returned from Britney Spears’ UK H,Q having listened to six of the track from her new album Femme Fatale (out 29 March). We can report that it is utterly amazing, going on what we’ve heard the album is going to be a smash hit.
What instantly struck us about Femme Fatale is that it's brilliant, proper pop record. Britney’s upped her game and produced an album that everyone else needs to measure up to - so the liks of Lady GaGa, Rihanna and Ke$ha need to watch out. The other thing we noticed is that Britney seems to be obsessed with two things dancing and sex – which is obvious from the single Hold It Against Me, and it’s evident throughout the sex, sorry, six songs we’ve just heard. When Britney said this album his her most mature to date she wasn’t kidding either, and we reckon this could be her best album yet. So here’s our track by track analysis...
Inside Out is quite saucy both lyrically and musically – there’s a lot of bass, and it’s all about a bloke knowing Brit inside out – ahem. It’s a more down-tempo – obviously not in ballady way – but still made us want to dance – a lot.
Next we heard I Wanna Go, which is a monster dance track. There’s a sort of Euro disco vibe (in a good way) to it, it’s super energetic, and there’s even some whistling. Come summer every club and every car stereo will be playing this out loud. In fact we listened to it so loud that the bass made the record company's glass walls vibrate.
(Drop Dead) Beautiful is one of the tracks that Brit is most proud of, and we can see why. It’s really modern and contemporary and all those sorts of other words that posh music critics use - all you really need to know is that it's properly ace. Lyrically the song is about a hot boy that Britney likes the look of, and it has a chorus you’ll be singing along to from the first listen. There’s also a cool rap bit by LA newcomer Sabi.
Gasoline continues the rudeness theme, opening with Brit moaning in a sexy way. There are lots of cool-sounding electro bits to go along with the raunchy lyrics about Britney being set on fire. We’re pretty sure she means in a metaphorical way. Another really grown up sounding track from Britney.
Next up we heard Criminal, which is actually the last song on the album, and one of our favourites too. It’s a bit of a homage to Madonna’s Papa Don’t Preach. This time Brit’s begging her mum to understand why she’s in love with a bad boy. There’s some flute with a really cool R&B backing – which written down sounds terrible, but actually sounds really good when you hear it.
Lastly we heard a collaboration with Will.i.am called Big Fat Bass. Not just a clever title as the walls were shaking again. This was by far the most unexpected track, we never could have imagined Brit making a song like this, but it’s brilliant. Will.i.am has chucked in a load of unusual sounds – including an awesome 90 dance-style piano line – will Brit sings “I can be the treble you can be the bass”. It is brilliant.
The full track listing, including the songs we didn’t here goes:
Till the World Ends
Hold It Against Me
I Wanna Go
How I Roll
Drop Dead Beautiful
Seal it with A Kiss
Big Fat Bass (with Will.I Am)
Trouble For Me
Trip to Your Heart
You can pre-order Femme Fatale now and download Till The World Ends from intunes now