Britney Spears’s Britney Jean Missing Momentum of Femme Fatale: Review

The cover of Britney Jean, Britney Spears’s eighth studio album

Courtesy Britney Spears

updated 12/03/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 12/03/2013 AT 12:45 PM ET

Against all odds, Britney Spears’s last outing, 2011’s Femme Fatale, turned out to be the best album of her career, proving that she could still compete in the dance-pop diva derby against Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Unfortunately Britney Jean (out Tuesday) doesn’t build on that creative momentum.

Surprisingly it’s the uptempo tracks – and not the slower stuff – that let Spears down. None comes close to the euphoric high of Femme Fatale’s “Till the World Ends.” The clubby first single, “Work B––––,” was campy fun initially, but it doesn’t hold up well after repeat spins.

That song – and much of Britney Jean – finds Spears reteaming with “Scream & Shout” collaborator, who serves as executive producer (and guest warbler on “It Should Be Easy”). But he largely fails to capture that same “boom boom pow” he has with his one true muse, Fergie, in the Black Eyed Peas.


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