Britney Spears‘s new album Femme Fatale is scheduled for release in a little over a week from now but Rolling Stone magazine has already gotten their mitts on the disc and have published their review of the album. Without question, RS is in love with the album, giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Additionally, snippets from the bonus tracks that will be included on the deluxe version of Femme Fatale have made their way to the Internets. Read the full Rolling Stone review and listen to the bonus track snippets below.
Britney Spears is pop music’s stealth avant-gardist. For years, critics have dismissed her as a cipher with a wisp of a voice. But from the minute she burst on the scene — heralded by the keyboard power chords of “. . . Baby One More Time” — her music has steered bubblegum into weirder, woollier territory. “Toxic” was a mélange of Bollywood and spy-movie guitar; “Piece of Me” was an essay on 21st-century tabloid infamy crooned over 22nd-century club rhythms. Then there’s this year’s “Hold It Against Me,” which dissolves into a furious dubstep breakdown — easily the most assaultive beat on the Hot 100 right now. Femme Fatale may be Britney’s best album; certainly it’s her strangest. Conceptually it’s straightforward: a party record packed with sex and sadness. Max Martin and Dr. Luke, the world’s two biggest hitmakers, are responsible for seven of 12 songs: big melodies and bigger Eurodisco thumps. But other producers go nuts, tossing the kitchen sink at Britney. The Bloodshy-helmed “How I Roll” is sputtering, oddly beautiful techno. In “Big Fat Bass,” Will.i.am turns Britney into a cyborg obsessed with low-end. (“The bass is getting bigger!” she exults.) On nearly every track, Britney’s voice is twisted, shredded, processed, roboticized. Maybe this is because she doesn’t have much of a voice; it’s certainly because she, more than almost any other pop diva, is simply game. Femme fatale? Not so much. But say this for Britney: She’s an adventuress.
Love it!! I cannot wait for the world to hear Femme Fatale, it’s gonna be a smash hit record … I just know it :D
In other news, snippets from the 4 bonus tracks included on the deluxe version of Femme Fatale have leaked their way online thanks to the fine folks at BritneyBoards.org (who, I’m sorry to say, felt compelled to annoying tag each of the snippets with a shout out to Britney Boards). Listen to the clips below:
Up N’ Down – co-produced by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Oligee:
Selfish — co-produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee:
Don’t Keep Me Waiting — produced by Rodney Darkchild Jerkins:
He About to Lose Me — produced by Rodney Darkchild Jerkins:
I’m not sure how long these snippets will stay online so listen to them while you still can. I am LOVING the very positive review from Rolling Stone and I am also LOVING these bonus track snippets. There is a report going around that there may be another hidden track on the deluxe version of Femme Fatale … and the Japanese version of the disc will feature another track titled Scary. Woot!! So much Britneyness to enjoy right now … life is good!! What are your thoughts on the RS review? Which of these bonus track snippets is your fave?