​Tea & Review: No “Glory” Days

If you grew up in the 90’s it is hard not know the lyrics to hits like Baby… One More Time, “Sometimes”, “Crazy” and “Oops, I Did it Again!” There was just something about late 90’s early – 2000’s music that basically drafted you into a ‘forever cult’ of music lovers.

I recently went to Britney’s show Piece of Me while I was in Vegas. It was a fun experience but Britney has never been someone who I considered a master of vocal range. She was never a Mariah, a Christina, or an Adele. She was Britney. Britney with the catchy beat.

For me, Britney was at her peak when she finally fell into the genre that best fit her voice. But I’ve always loved her music and I was really excited about the new album dropping this week.

Now, I wanted to do one of those cool official review style things where you break down an album track by track. But to be completely honest by track 4 I was really, really bored.

I don’t know if Britney is trying to put her voice in the forefront and let the music elevate her from the background but if there’s something Britney and her producers should remember it her voice is not that kind of voice. She has never had that voice and her fans still love her for that.

Her “Circus” 2009, and 2011 “Femme Fatale” seemed to get that. These albums were obviously designed for the club and I loved those albums for that reason. Pure music sugar for the ears. I have a whole playlist of her Britney songs just so I can get through a run.

The first ten tracks are the album didn’t do much for me. I was basically waiting for each song to be over before they had really started.

The beginning moments of “Just Like Me” caught my attention but it devolved into something else that was O.K. but I wish they continued with that opening sounds.

“Hard to Forget Ya” sounds like it is trying to hard to emulate something else. It definitely sort of falls into some of her older sounds but not by much.

“What You Need” is Britney bringing her own version of funk. I kind of feel like she should have had someone guest on this track (other than her backup singers). It could have made it something… better/different? Less one note sounding maybe? “That was fun!” she says at the end of the track. Yeah… but “really fun” is better.

“Liar” makes Britney sounds kind of angry, which is a nice switch up from the rest of the album that doesn’t really settle on a specific feeling. I kind of want someone to do a mash-up between this Justin’s “Cry Me a River”.

When I saw Britney in Vegas my takeaway was,:”Damn, she left herself on that stage. She’s an amazing performer. But at the end of the day, whatever she’s trying to be, whatever she’s trying to doesn’t live up to the standard that I would expect of her musically.

Britney will always be a classic pop singer. But, unfortunately, this album was not a classic.

Still curious? I embedded the album from Spotify.

 

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