(OMG! This is my first review!!!)
Britney may not be Britney Spears' most successful album, but it's her most (dare I say) critically acclaimed.
I do however, have a couple of gripes. The ballad (there is only one present with the exception of "That's Where You Take Me") here isn't one of the main attractions like Sometimes or When Your Eyes Say It in her previous albums. I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman will probably grow on you more than likely if you force yourself to listen to it more than once or twice. But to the average listener, it may come of as a little too cheesy. Another gripe is the lack of a standout single. ...Baby One More Time, Toxic, and Oops!...I Did It Again stand at a gargantuan height above the rest of the songs on their accompanies albums. That isn't the case here. Then again, the album is consistent, a strength previous albums by Britney, lacked.
When its all said and done, this album is one of Britney's finest moments. She evolves as an artist by exhibiting her songwriting as well as focusing on her sexuality. The songs on the album are generally more sharper and the arrangements have a sonic twinkle to them. And while it may not be my favorite album by Britney, I can't deny that it one of her best.
1. "Slave 4 U" - Thumping exotic beats, SEXY! It sounds so different from anything she's done, awesome song. 9/10
2. "Overprotected" - It's "in your face" feel and powerhouse chorus gives it away, an obvious Max Martin produced track. Kinda catchy, I like the message more than the song itself, lol. 7/10
3. "Lonely" - A fan favorite, that shows a lot of edge and shows an angry side of Britney but pops out once the chorus starts. There's a little rap in the bridge and surprisingly it doesn't come off corny. A very good listen that shows lots of attitude. 8/10
4. "Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" - Cheesy yes, but its a point in every girl's life that we all can relate too (well at least the girls anyway). The lyrics are reflective and gives us a small insight on the real Britney (at that stage of her life that is). 6.5/10
5. "Boys" - Born from the snore that was Not A Girl. Boys opens with a funky beat and slightly erotic lyrics provided by the Neptunes. This has a very good bridge, and it's an excellent song to dance to.
6. "Anticipating" - Neo disco!!! A great addition to the album. 9/10
7. "I Love Rock N' Roll" - Cover of the Joan Jett classic. Kinda unnecessary addition. 3/10
8. "Cinderella" - Brit returns to her roots of super pop. Sounds like a leftover from Oops! era. 8/10
9. "Let Me Be Me" - Awesome beat, great vocals. . .but a mediocre song. 5/10
10. "Bombastic Love" - One of my favorites. I love it! Dangerously catchy. 8.5/10
11. "That's Where You Take Me" - One of my favorite songs on the album. A highly energized ballad that shows a gentle side of Britney. 9.5/10
12. "What It's Like To Be Me" - I wish the album would have ended with track #11, this song is comepletely disposable.
Overall = 8/10