This week in music – April 1, 2011
Alyssa Dunehew / Sun Star Contributor
April 1, 2011
This week I have some new discoveries of older music, and a breakdown of “Femme Fatale.” If you haven’t already heard these, check out Band of Horses’ album “Infinite Arms,” Sufjan Stevens’ album “The Age of Adz,” and Deerhunter’s album “Halcyon Digest.” I particularly love the song “Desire Lines.”
Twelve years ago, Britney Spears released her first album, “…Baby One More Time.” I remember getting that album for Christmas that year, it was the first CD I ever owned. Over the years, Britney’s career has definitely had its ups and downs, what with rehab, losing all of her hair, and the whole K-Fed deal, but within those past twelve years, she’s released six studio albums. Why is it that I can’t name them? It’s been a long time since Britney was at the head of the game, and it seems she’s been fighting her way up stream just within the past few years. Now she’s back, folks, and she’s not going to let us ignore her. Could this be lucky number seven for her?
When “Hold It Against Me” was released, I cringed. Only Britney Spears would take the dumbest pick-up line ever and turn it into a hot club banger. As hard as I tried not to listen to it on the radio, I started seeing remixes pop up, and they were actually worth listening to. I decided to cut old Britney some slack (and when I say old, I mean 29 years old). Now that she’s released her newest album, “Femme Fatale,” I figured I’d look into it and see if there really is a reason to be excited for her to try to make a real comeback. Honestly, I’m impressed. She’s really embracing the changes in the sound of pop music, and although her music doesn’t sound the same as it used to, it’s different in a good way. She’s conforming to the now popular dance-club-party-banger style, and it was probably a safe move on her part. If she had tried to come back into the music scene with something new or different, there’d be a good chance of failure and criticism. “Femme Fatale” is exceeding my expectations, and the statistics are there to further prove the album is a success.
According to Billboard.com’s track-by-track article, this album was majorly produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, and features a little help from the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am. The opening song on the album features a theme widely used within the past year- “Till the World Ends.” The track is her tenth Top 10 single, taking the number nine spot two weeks after its debut. My favorite song on the album is “Big Fat Bass” with will.i.am, I think it’s going to eventually become the next big party song. Billboard reviews it as “a slight bump in the road” but I don’t agree. I think will.i.am makes up for whatever the track is possibly lacking.
Overall, thumbs up to Ms. Spears. The album is a little more genius than I imagined it would be.