Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Veg Out with Earth Burger

Veg Out with Earth Burger

Food & Drink: “Do you want cheese on that?” “Yeah, sure.” “Vegan or organic?” “Um, what? Where am I?” By Jessica Elizarraras 7/23/2014
Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

News: If a petition meant to derail a $280 million streetcar project in downtown San Antonio isn’t successful, two... By Mark Reagan 7/23/2014
New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

Music: Like the bulk of Austin Mahone’s Instagram account, this one’s a selfie. In a white tank top, hair coifed up real big, Mahone arranges... By Matt Stieb 7/22/2014
7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For

7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For

Arts & Culture: You’re likely familiar with the high-profile works of public art on view around downtown San Antonio: the gigantic, red swoop of... By Sarah Fisch 7/23/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Aural Pleasure Review

Britney Spears: 'Britney Jean'

Photo: , License: N/A


Britney Jean is the pop queen’s personal record, where we get to know the real Britney, via a concept album on the “loneliness of pop life.” The concept holds through about the first song. It’s a good one too, even despite its clunky alien-as-outsider metaphor. Track two is “Work Bitch,” and things quickly fall off the rails from there. Which is kind of a damn shame. Britney Jean had the opportunity to follow the Beyoncé track, taking the personal and turning it into something empowering. Instead, Brit takes the late-era Madonna route, shamelessly co-opting ‘current’ sounds groping for anything resembling a hit. Britney Jean’s most embarrassing moments—and Sweet Jesus, are there plenty of them—come courtesy of these ill-fated attempts: will.i.am carpet-bombing dubstep drops all over “It Should Be Easy,” T.I. blundering in at the end of “Tik Tik Boom” and, well, just Rap Genius “Chillin’ With You.” Brit does hit a couple sweet spots, notably on “Passenger” and “Perfume.” That both tracks hold to the “personal” theme and feature production reminiscent of her turn-of-the-millennium glory days only make it more frustrating that she didn’t commit to a more honest record in this vein. Instead, we've got this misguided, if mercifully short, mess.

Recently in Music
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus