Music Reviews
Circus

Britney Spears

Circus

Jive Records

I love an underdog. And I was genuinely rooting for Britney when this, her sixth full length album of previously unreleased material, recently hit store shelves. In fact, I was so hooked by the record’s catchy lead off single, “Womanizer,” and seduced by its accompanying soft-core video that I actually journeyed through the freezing cold streets of Nashville to purchase the record on its first day of release.

And it’s everything I expected it to be – another well-crafted collection of perfectly written and slickly produced, soulless and uninspired, three-and-a-half minute, high-tech, modern pop, weak-ass dance tracks.

Britney Spears has (somehow) enjoyed such tremendous success over the last decade peddling this predictable type of electronic drivel that to the untrained eye (or ear) she can actually appear (at times) to (almost) be an artist. However, any current female “pop-tart” (or even Justin Timberlake) could have probably had her face airbrushed on the Circus CD cover (or any of her other previous recordings for that matter) and provided the same computer-generated vocals without compromising a bit of the music’s, uh – integrity.

Britney’s longtime personal manager Larry Rudolph and veteran A&R messiah Teresa LaBarbera Whites come together here as the record’s executive producers along with a host of different modern day ace producers who meticulously crafted each individual track.

“There’s only two types of people in the world. The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe,” Ms. Spears states in the record’s title track. “Well baby,” she continues, “I’m a put-on-a-show kinda girl.” Hmm, Shakespeare.

On “Kill the Lights” Britney is touted as the new “Queen of Pop.” But is that really a title to be proud of given the “luck” that a similar moniker brought to that other guy?

And is it a coincidence that all three titles of the only songs co-written by Britney on this record all start with the letter “M” and that “mind-numbing” and “mundane” also start with “M?”

I love pop icons and Britney Spears is arguably the Ali of pop icons. In 2008 she was Googled more than Barack Obama and Circus did debut at number one on the Billboard chart. But don’t you only have to sell a dozen units to debut at number one these days?

One thing is for sure though, Circus is, without a doubt, the newest record of Britney Spears’ career.

Britney Spears: http://brit-s.net


Recently on Ink 19...

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

Features

Gasoline Lollipops’ newest single, “Freedom Don’t Come Easy,” is today’s mother lovin’ punk rock folk anthem.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Screen Reviews

Frank Henenlotter’s gory grindhouse classic Basket Case looks as grimy as the streets of Times Square, and that is one of the film’s greatest assets. Arrow Video gives this unlikely candidate a welcome fresh release.

Jimmy Failla

Jimmy Failla

Event Reviews

Despite the Mother’s Day factor, hundreds of fervent, faithful followers still flocked to Orlando’s famed Plaza Live to catch an earlybird set from Jimmy Failla — one of the hottest names on today’s national comedy scene.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Features

Ink 19 readers get an early listen and look at “Cool Sparkling Water,” a new single from Lonnie Walker.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier has a bucket list day at a Los Lobos 50th Anniversary show in Davenport, Iowa.

Always… Patsy Cline

Always… Patsy Cline

Archikulture Digest

Carl F. Gauze reviews the not-quite one-woman show, Always… Patsy Cline, based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who met the star in l961 and corresponded with Cline until her death.