Category: Britney Spears

Britney Spears – The Essential Britney Spears

ARTIST: Britney Spears  81svo0iDQJL._SX522_

TITLE:  The Essential Britney Spears

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION: #185

SINGLES: Top 10: …Baby One More Time (#1 US, #1 UK), Sometimes (#21 US, #3 UK), (You Drive Me) Crazy (#10 US, #5 UK), Oops! I Did It Again (#9 US, #1 UK), Lucky (#23 US, #5 UK), Stronger (#11 US, #7 UK), I’m a Slave 4 U (#27 US, #4 UK), Overprotected (#86 US, #4 UK), I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman (#102 US, #2 UK), Boys (#122 US, #7 UK), Me Against the Music (#35 US, #2 UK), Toxic (#9 US, #1 UK), Everytime (#15 US, #1 UK), My Prerogative (#101 US, #3 UK), Do Somethin (#100 US, #6 UK), Gimme More (#3 US, #3 UK), Piece of Me (#1 US, #3 UK), Circus (#3 US, #13 UK), 3 (#1 US, #7 UK), Hold It Against Me (#1 US, #6 UK), ‘Til the World Ends (#3 US, #21 UK), I Wanna Go (#7 US, #111 UK), Scream and Shout (#3 US, #1 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW:  Oh, probably…

LINEUP:  Britney Spears, producers, song doctors, session musicians, the pop machine.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A fairly complete overview of the first 13 or so years of the pop phenomenon known as Britney Spears.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Beginning with “…Baby One More Time”, and rolling through her singles as of 2012, this collection of Ms. Spears hits shows her changing with the pop winds – moving from Lolita to Succubus along the way.

Ear candy to the nth degree, Spears was fed some outstanding pop tracks for her first releases, and then succumbed to formula (the second sugar rush isn’t as good as the first) for a while. She never did become an innovator, but broke out of the teen pop when that didn’t prove to be a long term prospect (in the US, the UK kept buying her stuff anyway).

Spears isn’t the best singer, and the ballads really expose her weaknesses (along with the lack of creativity in the songwriting), but she’s a perfect vehicle for semi-randy pop nuggets.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: There are a few hits that came after this collection, the last being in 2016.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: C+:  Maybe too much for casual fans, and probably best for nostalgia, but a few songs are all-timers in the pop realm.