Britney [Import Bonus Tracks]

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by Britney Spears


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The title says it all -- that this third album is where it's all about Britney. Actually, the titles say it all: Britney is "Overprotected," she pleads "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," tries to let us all see "What It's Like to Be Me." All three songs are pivotal moments on Britney Spears' third album, the record where she strives to deepen her persona (not the same thing as her character, of course), making it more adult while still recognizably Britney. That much was evident from the selection of the first single, "I'm a Slave 4 U," a sultry Neptunes-produced salute to Prince that is so far removed from the big, glitzy Max Martin productions that are her signature that at first it sounds awkward, even wrong. As it grows, it sounds like one of her best singles -- a skittering, spare funk number that is a perfect next move for her teasing, unformed sexiness. Such a departure seems to signal a full album of surprises like that, especially when teamed with the aforementioned title, but Britney isn't that bold -- after it opens with the Neptunes' retro-future funk, it delves right back into Martin territory with "Overprotected." At first, that's a disappointment, but then the small, yet significant, changes become apparent. Rhythmically and melodically, the whole album is sharper, tougher than what came before. What used to be unabashedly frothy has some disco grit, underpinned by Spears' spunky self-determination that helps sell hooks that are already catchier, by and large, than those that populated her previous two albums. While there's no denying that this reinvention and statement of dogged individuality is no doubt a calculated move (and a brilliant, timely one at that), there's no denying that it's effective, in large part because Spears is committed to making this record work. She's co-written more songs than ever before, and these are strong selections, whether it's the hard-edged "Lonely," the sweet "That's Where You Take Me," or, especially, the neo-disco "Anticipating," one of the pure delights on this record. These are small steps forward -- really, the most overt steps forward are the collaborations with the Neptunes on "Slave" and "Boys," which are the sexiest sounding cuts she ever did -- but most of the Martin productions sound fuller (particularly the Dido-written ballad "I'm Not a Girl"), and Rodney Jerkins offers some welcome rhythmic invention on many of his contributions. This isn't a perfect record -- Martin stumbles on "Bombastic Love," Jerkins drops the ball on "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (this year's entry of the now obligatory cringe-inducing classic rock by Ms. Spears) -- but it does sound like the work of a star who has now found and refined her voice, resulting in her best record yet (and rivaling Mandy Moore's eponymous album as the best teen pop record yet released). It's enough of a reinvention to suggest that Britney will know what to do when the teen pop phenomenon of 1999-2001 passes for good. [Jive's 2003 edition included three bonus tracks and additional CD-ROM content.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2003
Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
UPC: 0828765363723
catalogNumber: 653637

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Britney Spears   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tyler Collins   Background Vocals
Nile Rodgers   Guitar
Damion Hall   Background Vocals
Jeff Pescetto   Background Vocals
Jason Scheff   Background Vocals
Wil Wheaton   Background Vocals
Rodney Jerkins   Drums
Max Martin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Nana Hedin   Background Vocals
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Thomas Lindberg   Bass
Carlos Vasquez   Guitar Effects
Isaac Phillips   Guitar
Jennifer Karr   Background Vocals
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Brian Kierulf   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Paul Umbach   Guitar
Daniel Savio   Turntables
Josh Schwartz   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Alan Merrill   Composer
Steven Barkan   Engineer
Dido   Composer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Mark Suozzo   String Arrangements
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Instrumentation
Britney Spears   Composer
John Amatiello   Vocal Engineer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Johnny Wright   Management
Chad Hugo   Composer,Instrumentation
Justin Timberlake   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Pablo Munguia   Engineer
Jörgen Elofsson   Composer
Rami   Composer
Wade Robson   Composer,Producer
Fabian Marasciullo   Engineer
Peter Kvint   Producer,Engineer
Lisa Gralnek   Producer,Creative Coordinator
Brian Kierulf   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Fredrik Peterhoff   Art Direction
Mathias Wenge   Vocal Engineer
Larry Rudolph   Management
Josh Schwartz   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Jake Hooker   Composer

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Britney 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
amb_ram25 More than 1 year ago
all of her songs sound the same, there are better artists out there. she's not that great.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Britney's cd's.My favorite song is {I love rock'n'roll) .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britney is an awesome album full of edge and jammin tracks. I'd recommend this cd to anyone!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Justin Timberlake did a great job producing Britney's new album.It included a little bit of everything.I usually don't listen to Britney Spear's music because it all sounds the same (sometimes) but this new Cd really got my attention so I bought it the first day it came out.It's really good.Congratulations Britney and and everyone who worked on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For my opinion, I still like the old britney spears. Kind of a shy-type looking kind of girl but I still like her now because I love her new dance steps and remixes. It makes me want to be alive for a boring day. It's okay for britney to be a little more daring now cause she already grew up not like before, but hopefully it will not be so over-daring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All her songs sound the same. What do they mean? She doesn't make sense. Not a girl, not yet a she singing about a tranvestite? Britney claims she wrote all these songs, well she needs her old writers to come back and help her out. BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Sorry guys!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
she has a great voice.i'm a great fan of hers.she's awesome.and she's one of the best women i have ever seen.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
im so happy britney and justin broke up whats his deal any way i just wanted to say shes cool and hope she keeps going i already miss her!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time Britney Spears comes out with a new album, the album reflects the stages of her life. Through her last three albums, her fans have watched Britney grow up. Her latest CD, ¿Britney¿, is full of spice, as well as power and passion. She definitely sets a trend for other pop artists in this generation. Britney¿s struggle with adolescence is revealed in her hit single ¿I¿m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman¿. Most songs in this album, like, ¿Overprotected¿ and the controversial ¿I¿m A Slave For You¿, effectively conveys a message to the public that she no longer is a little girl, but a sexy independent individual.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of her songs are wonderfully crafted. She sounds more like a grown up than the pop teenager she used to be. She is wonderful and respectfull no matter what anyone says. She definitly now beats Christina Agularia and Mandy Moore in making a good album. Britney now acts more mature and she was the first to do it. Like she was one of the one's who started the teen-pop music era. Once again she's done it, started something new, and I think we'll begin to see other teen artist do it like she did. They're all fakes except for Britney.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Brit's new song is brilliant,it has really got something to it! i've always admired Brit's song's and i think her album will do really well in the charts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs on this CD are great, I highly recomend this cd to enyone who likes good music
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be the best Britney has done up to date. She has shown us how much she has grown since the debut of her first album. She still has the touch of pop in her voice, but it is a much more mature sound that before. From faveorites like ''Overprotected'' to ''Bombastic Love,'' she has proven that she still has it, and will be here for a very long time. Eat your heart out Christina A.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you havnt heard it your gonna wish you had!!!!LOSERS!!!!(lose who hav not heard it)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Take Britneys old mall pop style( somewhat like Tiffany)and add a little attitude, beat& permiscus lyric and you have BRITNEY. Britney is Britney Spears new self titled album which hit and sold out from stores on nov.7, 2001. Britney's new style really suprised me when i first hear her preformance to her new song '' Im a slave 4 u'' at the Mtv video music awards. Its almost like she changed overnight from good young innocent school girl to a women. Which is the exact message of her new album. she felt as if everybody was treating her like a little girl when she was really an adult. She talks about this alot in her songs titles ''Im a slave 4 u'' , ''Boys'', ''im not a girl not yet a women'', and ''Overprotected''.Britneys song titled '' you don't know what it's like to be me'' features her boyfriend, Justin Timberlake doing his beatbox. i htink it is awesome that they found a way to collaberate two diffrent styles of music with them together. On the album there are also a few balads, but the cd mainly consits of more upbeat songs. she also did a remake of ''i love rock n roll'', which was done very well. it was neat to see her redo a rock song with her own style. I would recomend this cd to any Britney Spears fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this CD is her best one yet. She shows alot of growth on this record. But I also think that there could have been some more work on some of the tracks like, ''Cinderella'', and ''Anticipating''. Other than that it is a MUST have for anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britney's new album is absolutely great. I escpecially love that ballad ''Not a girl, Not Yet a Woman.'' I can definately relate to feeling grown up, but not yet a woman. She does a good job in changing her sound and reinventing herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved her since Baby one more time and her albums keep inproving. Eventhough she says Hell and Damn in her songs I will recomend this CD to everyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Britney and her coming out with this great album makes me love her even more.The sound is so boombastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oops! She's done it again! She's made herself a big star and that's what we love about her! This CD totally rocks! It's the best! I have no clue why people say that she has lost it! She hasn't. She still rocks the house!