12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You’d have been forgiven for once thinking 2007 was the end of Britney Spears. After a series of public meltdowns, there was rehab, divorce, and a custody battle. But out of that wreckage came what is widely considered to be not only her best album but one of the most influential pop albums of the decade: adventurous, distorted, and pitch black. The iconic opening line—“It’s Britney, bitch”— was more than just a sassy reintroduction, it was a declaration of independence and a statement about survival. In “Piece of Me,” she reclaims control of the spotlight by pointing it at our insatiability for rubbernecking. "You want a piece of me?” she asks, before answering her own question: “You want a piece of me.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

You’d have been forgiven for once thinking 2007 was the end of Britney Spears. After a series of public meltdowns, there was rehab, divorce, and a custody battle. But out of that wreckage came what is widely considered to be not only her best album but one of the most influential pop albums of the decade: adventurous, distorted, and pitch black. The iconic opening line—“It’s Britney, bitch”— was more than just a sassy reintroduction, it was a declaration of independence and a statement about survival. In “Piece of Me,” she reclaims control of the spotlight by pointing it at our insatiability for rubbernecking. "You want a piece of me?” she asks, before answering her own question: “You want a piece of me.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

mike9999 ,

Britney Spears at her best / Blackout

Britney Spears is back -- finally. We all know Britney is not the strongest vocalist when compared to Christina Aguilera or Mariah Carey, but strong vocals is not what “Blackout” is about. “Blackout” is fresh, modern, and edgy. Synthesized vocals and phenomenal beats support the album’s base. Every track on this album is hypnotically produced to create a sound that listeners and critics would expect to hear in 2020; it’s incredible.

The songs on this album are all phenomenal. The album starts out with the chart-topping “Gimme More,” which is just a tease compared to the rest of the album. The second song, and reportedly the second single, is “Piece of Me,” a rock/dance/pop hit where Spears addresses her critics. She sings, “I'm Mrs. Bad Media Karma, another day another drama ... I'm Mrs. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, I'm Mrs. 'Oh My God That Britney's Shameless.”’ The album continues with pop/dance songs that are less than forgettable. They are just the opposite with beats that stick in listeners’ heads for hours and hours. “Toy Soldier” is an energetic and tantalizing song produced by Danja, who worked with Justin Timberlake on his latest album. Britney refuses to hold back on this album especially during the mesmerizing, “Get Naked (I Got a Plan).” She teases the listener asking, “What I gotta do to make you move my body?” and finishes it off with, “take it off, take it off, take it off.” Britney closes the album with the one and only ballad in the entire album. Britney’s last and most personal song is “Why Should I Be Sad?” where she confronts her recent heartbreak, but refuses to let it take over her life. Britney shows that even with all the stress and struggles of life, she is not going to let any of it bother her. She plans to move on. A perfect ending for an unbelievable album.

It is not just the hardcore “Britney enthusiasts” that rave about this album. The Associated Press calls it, “… not only a very good album, it's her best work ever - a triumph, with not a bad song to be found on the 12 tracks.” The New York Times refers to the album as “incredible!” Entertainment Weekly gives it a “B+” The highest rating Britney has ever received from EW, and better than Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LovSounds.” Some reviews have been harsh, saying Britney “is not ready to release an album.” But forget about Britney’s past mishaps and troubles, and listen to the album for what it is. If you have to -- forget it is Britney Spears completely, you will see that this album is extraordinary. It will have you dancing and singing along within the first listen.

** DO NOT MISS: Piece of Me, Break the Ice, Get Naked(I Got A Plan), Freakshow, Toy Soldier, and Perfect Lover. Also don’t miss “State of Grace.” (Search for it on YouTube) The song did not make it on the album, but it showcases Britney’s real vocal talent.

heymundy ,

Blackout - the music album of 2007

The time has come everybody!

Blackout has finally been released, and it does not fail to deliver! Alot of the songs on this album are simply amazing, and you'll be surprised at how much you like her new stuff. Plenty of people give her crap for what's going on in her personal life, and I think this will be the break that will hopefully put an end to that. Here are my thoughts on the tracks that appear on this album.

1.) Gimme More: 9/10. Classic dance track, sexy lyrics, and a great choice for the lead single.
2.) Piece of Me: 10/10. Her retaliation song lashing out at the media, and this song delivers! "I'm Mrs. Oh My God That Britney's Shameless!" One of the strongest songs on the album.
3.) Radar: 10/10. Very electric pop that is overall very addictive. You'll fall in love with this track.
4.) Break the Ice: 10/10. The rumored second-single-to-be, and I really hope that it is! An amazing dance/techno-ish track that has already exceeded 1,000 plays on my iTunes.
5.) Heaven On Earth: 9/10. Sounds very 80's, and has a nice beat and cute lyrics. Probably the closest thing to a ballad on the album.
6.) Get Naked (I Got a Plan): 8/10. I'm slowly beginning to like this song, but I really hate the voice of the guy who sings in the beginning!
7.) Freakshow: 9/10. Sounds like a 90's dance track, and I love it!
8.) Toy Soldier: 10/10. The "Toxic" of the album, and you know that's a great thing.
9.) Hot As Ice: 9/10. A very upbeat track has catchy phrases. "If you've ever been to heaven, this is twice as nice!"
10.) Ooh Ooh Baby: 10/10. A mix between In the Zone's "The Hook Up" and Duff's "Stranger", both of which are great songs in my opinion. The rhythm of the song makes you wanna shake your hips!
11.) Perfect Lover: 7/10. This song is very ... urban (lol that's probably the wrong word) =P. I don't know, this track just hasn't grown on me yet.
12.) Why Should I Be Sad: 7/10. Again, another song that hasn't grown on me, but I'm sure it will after a thorough listen.

Whether you want to admit or not, Britney Spears has delivered with this album. All of the tracks totally rock. I suggest this album to everybody -- for the fans who've been loyal to her, you won't be disappointed -- and for the people who've never cared for her music, you'll be very surprised at how much you'll like her new stuff. She has a new sound, and it's totally working for her!

Congratulations Britney! You did it!

iSj9 ,

Isn't this album Just the Best

She's back with another hit album featuring the hits: Just to name a few recommendations

Gimme More (10/10 of course)
Radar 10/10 (Just listen to it, you'll see)
Break the Ice 10.5/10 (This song here boy, you should hear it, it gets off)
Hot As Ice 11/10 (This song is blazing hot, it's crazy I'm telling you)

B-U-Y IT Now!!!!!

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