The spirit's still there!
by John Morin
Staff Brother in Britney
Let’s face it: Brit has definitely been through some ups and downs in her life. For every circa 1999 moment she’s had, selling 10.6 million copies of her debut album to being Toxic at the 2001 VMA’s, there’s been a circa 2007 situation that’s purely been “Criminal” (Does a shaved head and a 55-hour marriage ring any bells for anyone?). Long story short, the Princess of Pop’s career has been a “Circus” of good and bad publicity. But with the immense commercial flops that were her entire Britney Jean album and a “Pretty Girls” collaboration with Iggy Azalea, it seems as if Ms. Spears herself is falling ever so gradually into what I deem “Has-Been Central” (Population: The entire Cyrus family). But with recent developments such as Brit’s release of her 9th studio album Glory, her return to the VMA stage after 9 years, and some rekindling of past relationships, I’ve decided to dive once again into the baptismal waters of Godney’s Church, and see once and for all if Britney Spears should still be on everyone’s “Radar” (No more song title jokes: I’m positive)?!?
First up, we have the 9th installment of albums in a 17-year span: Glory. And I will say this: anyone who thinks that the 34-year-old mother of two can’t mimic the sensuality and sexual gratification of her Catholic school girl days IS WRONG! And I’m not just talking about the album’s debut single “Make Me…,” a futuristic, sultry jam with a music video that left us GAGGING! I’m talking THE ENTIRE THING: all 17 power tracks. There are songs like “Invitation” that remind us of music Brit made whilst conflicted over her relationship with Justin Timberlake, hits like “Slumber Party” that epitomize the days of her peak sexual prowess, and there’s even a song in FUCKING FRENCH, “Coupure Électrique,” that pays direct homage to her 2007 album Blackout. All in all, Glory is fantastic in that it effectively acts as a timeline of the Queen’s music career, highlighting the pros and the cons of her life, and all the while demonstrating to us fans a rebirth, and evolution, of both her aesthetic and sound. So as for my initial trepidation, don’t “Hold it Against Me,” but I’m still curious if Ms. Spears is willing to “Gimme More.”
If I must rewind back to The Dark Age that was 2007, Britney hit the VMA stage with “Gimme More,” and with acts like “I’m a Slave 4 U” behind her belt, it was slated to be another stellar performance. Yet while watching the entire ensemble, it was very clear that she was not there mentally, making us viewers very uncomfortable. But this year, we were so “Lucky” to have our queen back. Her outfits for the night were phenomenal, from a seductive all-black cocktail dress on the red carpet to a glittery sequins reveal on stage that was fit for the next season of Rupaul’s Drag Race. Not to mention her performance was one for the gods. Granted, she did lip-sync for most of the performance, but how she carried herself on stage and made a jungle gym out of G-Eazy made up for that ten-fold! I’m not gonna lie, after seeing her rock that stage, “I Wanna Go” see her live someday, because if her commercial success in Vegas says anything, it will definitely be a night to remember. Not that you guys should need any more convincing, but Brit’s music career will definitely get “Stronger” if a collaboration with a certain past lover actually winds up happening.
So if you haven’t heard, the most sensational couple of the 00’s, the king and queen of matching denim outfits, might (hopefully) reunite after 14 agonizing years. In a recent interview, Britney said that “Justin Timberlake is very good” to collaborate with, and he, in response, said “I’m accessible. Just give us the call.” CAN WE PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN PEOPLE? We all know Justin’s married, but this pending collab is the closest thing we are ever gonna get to a Britney-Justin lovechild and we need this desperately. The stars don’t align like this “Everytime,” so she needs to get on this NOW.
To conclude, Brit’s come a long way from all the Kevin Federline and Britney Jean type moments in her life that have for ages overshadowed her continued accomplishments. Everyone should see an upward trend: she’s used the sensuality we’ve all grown to love to not only bring us back to the halcyon days of her youth, but to also develop both her sound and image, paving a clear path towards continued success in the future. Britney’s back bitch, and she’ll continue to be a “Piece of Me” and everyone else in the world.