Britney [Import Bonus Tracks]

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by Britney Spears 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.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2003
Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
UPC: 0828765363723
catalogNumber: 653637
Rank: 42526


  1. I'm a Slave 4 U
  2. Overprotected
  3. Lonely
  4. I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
  5. Boys
  6. Anticipating
  7. I Love Rock 'N' Roll
  8. Cinderella
  9. Let Me Be
  10. Bombastic Love
  11. That's Where You Take Me
  12. When I Found You
  13. I Run Away
  14. What It's Like to Be Me
  15. Before the Goodbye
  16. [Untitled]

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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