The smartest thing Britney’s label has done is collect a team of producers to constrain her thin vocals to the background while they get to have fun with overproducing the songs into oblivion.
Initially Britney’s career began with her being a Lolita-type cyborg copping themes and motifs from barely legal teen porn to the delight of pederasts and young tween girls everywhere. With Blackout, Spears makes the full transition to femme-bot (MILF-bot? MILF-borg?) as her voice is pushed through the latest hardware and filters.
Gimme More – This is very weak song and any needs for songs of demand I think should be re-routed to Lords of Acid’s Gimme Gimme. I like the beat though. Lyrics suck suck suck suck.
Piece of Me – Britney muses on her lack of media karma and those un-fair papparazzi determined to catch her every deviation from social norms for magazine sales (a nice echo of Michael Jackson’s own victim/whore complex). Still, this song remains my favorite because Britney’s voice is over produced to a C3PO sheen. Her apperance on this song is completely optional. I like the metalic treble kick that sounds like her career being repeatly thrown against a wall and porn-esque adomnitions of pleasure coughed up on drywall.
Radar – A ‘Tainted Love’ motif married with a little rave and boppy beat but very boring lyrics. The lyrics of the whole album are pretty shitty for the most part.
Break the Ice – Still weak but catchy. Most of the album is catchy. Lots of panting.
Heaven on Earth – This song seems out of place with a recitative and Animotion type accompaniment.
Get Naked (I Got a Plan) – Pointless with lots of slobbering and sighing.
Freakshow – I like this song somewhat. Cool, clipped beat ruined by over-thickened vocals.
Toy Soldier – A bit Beyonce-esque.
Hot as Ice – Starts nice with an acoustic beat but all the fun is stripped out by a chorus of YEAH YEAHs that add up to little.
Ooh Ooh Baby – Meh.
Perfect Lover – Again, good beat but terrible lyrics and a stacking of ‘uh-huhs’ that annoy rather than endear.
Why Should I Be Sad – I didn’t realize how thin Spears voice was until I heard this song which is a bit like Janet Jackson’s attempts at letting her real voice stickout past the Jimmy Jams.
Like I said, Britney is completely hot-swappable out of all of these songs. You could fit Jennifer Lopez’s half-octave in any of these or Janet Jackson in earlier times or even Madonna in an experimental mood.
In my mind, the high-point of the Britney Spears adventure remains the spare bass line of I’m a Slave for U with the dissonant chords, horn-dog lyrics and a moistened, hump-a-licious video.
No, I didn’t buy the album. I borrowed it from a friend.