I can’t believe I am about to write this. Especially because even since I was a pre-teen, I have always been anti-pop. I was always into rock, alternative, indie music… my favourite bands range from Our Lady Peace, to Sam Roberts, to Cuff The Duke, to Metric, to Broken Social Scene..the list could go on and on. So why the hell am I about to talk about Britney Spears?!! Oh my.. I don’t know what has happened to me. I am almost embarrassed to say this, but her new album actually isn’t all that bad! (to any of my friends that may be reading this: I know, I know.. I seriously don’t know what’s happened to me lol)
When the single “Womanizer” was released, I’d hear it here and there without ever really paying attention. But it was everywhere. One day I noticed myself actually singing along to it probably when I was in a store or something and the song came on the loud speaker. I quickly stopped myself and gasped “OMG! Do I actually like a Britney Spears song?” I accepted it, but chose to only enjoy the song in private. Until one day I was talking to a friend and she mentioned to me how she was embarrassed that she really liked Britney’s second single from her new album, “Circus”. It was at that moment, when I set myself free and told her that I secretly loved the song “Womanizer”. It just so happened, this friend and I were setting out on a day-long road trip the following weekend. As soon as we get in the car, she pulls out a cd and proclaims “I’ve got a surprise for you!”. She puts the cd in and she tells me to switch it to track 3 — “Womanizer” comes on! My friend got me the new Britney cd. It took me long enough to admit that I liked that song, and now I had her cd! In my car!
Well, I’ve been listening to this cd in my car for about a month now. (I’m known to immerse myself in a new album when I get it to really get a feel for the music.) And, although this is very hard for me, I admit that it’s not all that bad. Out of the 17 tracks, I can actually say that I like about 85% of them. GASP! It’s just fun-loving, and completely different to anything I own music wise. So now on to my thoughts about Britney herself. Yes she screwed up in the past, but you know what? I am completely behind her 100% now. She has finally seemed to grow up and accept responsibility for things and I really hope that this new Circus tour is a big success for her. She definitely has the new tunes to back herself up and I wish her all the best.
Britney Spears, you now have my respect.