Released: 1st December 2008.
Here we go again with Britney Spears running for the position of the best comeback of the year. It's probably one of her most anticipated albums, though come to think of it, all her albums have been always anticipated by the fans and critics alike.
The opening track is the first single, "Womanizer". It's pretty fresh for me, it has all the factors for a perfect lead single; catchy hooks, repeating and irritating lyrics which many people like, and of course, an experience in Britney's life (wait a minute, is this song written for Federline?). Another highlight of this set is the unusual "Unusual You", it does not follow most of its background music but you could still hear the haunting and dark feel.
Other songs that I feel deserve a positive mention are "Circus", which really is very circus-y, â��Out From Underâ��, a very emotional ballad, but not as near as the emotions found in "Sometimes", I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman", and "Everytime". We could add the experimental "Shattered Glass" and "Mannequin", songs that really arenâ��t your usual Britney, but still very good, as is the very dark "Blur". "My Baby", a song that Britney wrote for her babies, might sound a little bit bland, but it's really good. Then, of course, how could we forget the Max Martin-penned track, "If U Seek Amy", with a double entendre, itâ��s practically the most controversial song here.
One of the most talked about songs in this set is "Mmm Papi", which turns out to be a pretty crappy Mexican-inspired tune that is below my expectations. "Lace and Leather" too, she sounds like a cartoon character crying for help. but for me, the worst song for me in the set is "Kill The Lights", a robotic song that gives me a headache. Sadly also the four bonus tracks are only average.
Overall, this album is not really much of a perfect comeback, but we could hear Britney's very raw voice in it, and that's why I like it, it's something that â��Blackoutâ�� lacks.