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Ooops, she's done it again. We guess Britney Spears really wasn't kidding when she once cooed "I'm not that innocent." Since her rise to stardom in the late '90s, the Kentwood, Louisiana native has transformed from a crush-worthy teen idol to a sexy dance-pop diva and more recently to a divorcee, wayward Mom, and all around tabloid train wreck. Miss Spears' poor…  See more details below


Ooops, she's done it again. We guess Britney Spears really wasn't kidding when she once cooed "I'm not that innocent." Since her rise to stardom in the late '90s, the Kentwood, Louisiana native has transformed from a crush-worthy teen idol to a sexy dance-pop diva and more recently to a divorcee, wayward Mom, and all around tabloid train wreck. Miss Spears' poor judgment aside, the pop tart still knows how to make a hit, exemplified by the success of Blackout's rump shaking lead single, "Gimme More."

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Public image is vital to pop stars, but few stars have been so inextricably tied to their image as Britney Spears. Think back to ."..Baby One More Time" -- it has an indelible hook but what leaps to mind is not the sound of the single, but how Britney looked in the video as she pouted and preened in a schoolgirls' uniform, an image as iconic as Madonna's exposed navel. Every one of Britney's hits had an accompanying image, as she relied on her carefully sculpted sexpot-next-door persona as much as she did on her records, but what happens when the image turns sour, as it certainly did for Britney in the years following the release of In the Zone? When that album hit the stores in 2003, Britney had yet to marry, had yet to give birth, had yet to even meet professional layabout Kevin Federline -- she had yet to trash her girl-next-door fantasy by turning into white trash. Some blamed Federline for her rapid downward spiral, but she continued to descend after splitting with K-Fed in the fall of 2006, as each month brought a new tabloid sensation from Britney, a situation that became all the more alarming when contrasted to how tightly controlled her public image used to be. The shift in her persona came into sharp relief at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, as she sleepwalked through a disastrous lip-synch of her comeback single "Gimme More," a disaster by any measure, but when it was compared to such previous meticulously staged VMA appearances as her make-out with Madonna in 2003, it made Britney seem like a lost cause and fallen star. All this toil and turmoil set the stage for her 2007 comeback Blackout to be a flat-out train wreck, which it decidedly is not -- but that doesn't mean it's a triumph, either. Blackout is an easy album to overpraise based on the lowered expectations Britney's behavior has set for her audience, as none of her antics suggested that she'd be able to deliver something coherent and entertaining, two things that Blackout is. As an album, it holds together better than any of her other records, echoing the sleek club-centric feel of In the Zone but it's heavier on hedonism than its predecessor, stripped of any ballads or sensitivity, and just reveling in dirty good times. So Blackout acts as a soundtrack for Britney's hazy, drunken days, reflecting the excess that's splashed all over the tabloids, but it has a coherence that the public Britney lacks. This may initially seem like an odd dissociation but, in a way, it makes sense: how responsible is Britney for her music, anyway? At the peak of her popularity, she never seemed to be dictating the direction of her music, so it only stands to reason that when her personal life has gotten too hectic, she's simply decided to let the professional producers create their tracks and then she'll just drop in the vocals at her convenience. Even the one song that plays like autobiography -- "Piece of Me," where she calls herself "Miss American dream since I was 17" and "I'm miss bad media karma/another day another drama," complaining "they stick all the pictures of my derriere in the magazines," as if she wasn't posing provocatively for Rolling Stone as soon as "Baby" broke big -- was outsourced to "Toxic" producer/writers Bloodshy & Avant, who try desperately to craft a defiant anthem for this tabloid fixture, as she couldn't be bothered to write one on her own. Instead, she busies herself with writing the album's two strip-club anthems, "Freakshow" and the brilliantly titled "Get Naked (I Got a Plan)" (surely the successor to such trash-classics as Soundmaster T's "2 Much Booty (In Da Pants)" and Samantha Fox's timeless pair of "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" and "(Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But the Pants Stay On"). Every piece of gossip in the four years separating In the Zone and Blackout suggests that her head is in the clubs, yet it's still a bit disarming to realize that this is all that she has to say. Britney may not have much on her mind but at least she pockets so deep she can buy the best producers, hiring Bloodshy & Avant, the Clutch and the Neptunes, among others, to help craft an album that cribs from Rhianna's sleek, sexy Good Girl Gone Bad and the chilly robo-R&B of Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds. Emotionally, this isn't a progression from In the Zone, but it is a cannily contemporary dance album, sounding nearly as fresh as Rhianna and JT, even if it's hardly as trendsetting as either. Then again, Britney hasn't set the pace for the sound of dance-pop since her first two Max Martin-driven productions, and her skill -- conscious or not, it doesn't really matter -- has always been to get the right producers at the right moment, which she surely does here. Those producers turn Blackout into a sleek, shiny collection of 12 guiltily addictive dance tracks where the only weak link is Britney herself. Never the greatest vocalist, her thin squawk could be dismissed early in her career as an adolescent learning the ropes, but nearly a decade later her singing hasn't gotten any better, even if the studio tools to masquerade her weaknesses have. Strangely enough, the computer corrections either emphasize her irritating, strangled delivery -- nowhere more so than on "Piece of Me," where she's sharp, flattened, and clipped, the vocoder stabbing at the ears like a pick -- or she disappears into the track entirely, just another part of the electronic tapestry. Naturally, the latter cuts are more appealing, as they really show off the skills of the producers, particularly the Clutch's lead single "Gimme More," Bloodshy & Avant's relentless "Radar," the new wave shimmer of "Heaven on Earth," the stuttering electro-clip of "Break the Ice," or the spare, silly chant of "Hot as Ice." When Britney is pushed to the forefront, she garners too much attention, as she tries too hard to be sexy -- a move she could pull off before, when carefully controlled pictures of her in schoolgirl uniforms, cat suits, and tight jeans filled in the blanks her voice left behind. Now, those images are replaced by images of Britney beating cars up with umbrellas, wiping her greasy fingers on designer dresses, and nodding off on-stage, each new disaster stripping away any residual sexiness in her public image, so when she tries to purr and tease on Blackout she repels instead of seduces. That's the new Britney, and as she's always been an artist who relies on image, her tarnished persona does taint the ultimate effect of her music, as knowledge of her ceaseless partying turns these anthems a bit weary and sad. But if you block that image out -- always hard to do with Britney, but easier to do here since the tracks sound so good -- Blackout is state-of-the-art dance-pop, a testament to skills of the producers and perhaps even Britney being somehow cognizant enough to realize she should hire the best, even if she's not at her best.
Rolling Stone
With a VIP list of puppet masters including Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Bloodshy, she's all vox-tweaked and ready to bring back the stellar heavy-breathers of her youth, from the Berlin-style New Wave disco of "Heaven on Earth" to the stadium-stomping "Ooh Ooh Baby." Melissa Maerz 1/2
Entertainment Weekly - Margeaux Watson
...there is something delightfully escapist about Blackout, a perfectly serviceable dance album abundant in the kind of bouncy electro elements that buttressed her hottest hits (''I'm a Slave 4 U,'' ''Toxic''). [B+]
Billboard - Kerri Mason
The music ranges from shockingly minimal—"Piece of Me" and "Radar" have the synth fugues and smudgy bass of current underground electro and little else—to novelty pop.
Daily News - Jim Farber
The 12-cut disk features wall-to-wall electro-fueled club cuts. There's not a ballad in the bunch. The synth-dance smash single "Gimme More" tips off the rest.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Britney Spears   Primary Artist
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Fred Wreck   Guitar,Keyboards
Pharrell Williams   Background Vocals
Bloodshy   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Klas Åhlund   Bass,Bass Guitar
Nicole Morier   Background Vocals
Henrik Jonback   Bass,Guitar
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Keri Hilson   Background Vocals
Ezekiel Lewis   Background Vocals
Sean Garrett   Background Vocals
Candice Nelson   Background Vocals
T-Pain   Vocals
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Jim Beanz   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robyn Carlsson   Background Vocals
Corte "The Author" Ellis   Background Vocals
Avant   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Clutch   Audio Production
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Mango   Programming
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Britney Spears   Composer,Executive Producer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Balewa Muhammad   Composer
Neptunes   Audio Production
Bloodshy   Programming,Audio Production
Klas Åhlund   Composer
Freescha   Audio Production
Glen Nakasako   Art Direction
Nicole Morier   Composer
Henrik Jonback   Composer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer
Keri Hilson   Composer,Vocal Producer
Ezekiel Lewis   Composer
Corte Ellis   Composer
Sean Garrett   Composer
Candice Nelson   Composer
T-Pain   Composer
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes   Composer
Miles Walker   Engineer
"Fredwreck" Farid Nassar   Audio Production
Danja   Audio Production
Jim Beanz   Vocal Producer
Pontus Winnberg   Composer
Jim Carauna   Engineer
N. Huntington   Composer
M. McGroarty   Composer
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young   Engineer
M. Wallbert   Composer
N. Hills   Composer
Ezekial Lewis   Composer
Christian Karlsson   Composer
J Que   Composer
Patrick Smith   Composer
F. Nassar   Composer
J. Washington   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Avant   Programming,Audio Production

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Blackout 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
its great its amazing i give britney spears alot of credit for making this album this proves pop music can and has darker music tones in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heard the entire CD and loved it... Despite what Britney is going through right now... She still had the strength to create an awesome album!!! I say a mix of ", one more time" days and a lil bit of "In the zone" pick it up... u will not be dissapointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs that are previewed on iTunes sound amazing. If you are having doubts about buying the album, this preview will have you wanting more. This album is hot!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like none of her songs in this new cd i so glade that i didn't spend my money on this Cd this time I herd better
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard this whole cd and let me tell you...BRITNEY IS BACK! It is so awesome and I love love love it. If you love Britney, this cd will be one of your favorites!!!! She is going to come back SO much stronger! I love her and I always will. GO BRITNEY!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard most of the cd already and omg! i love it. it's amazing. So let's be nice and put aside Brit's personal life because no one can deny, the girl makes AWESOME music. Let's remember all the real reasons we love Britney in the first place. BUY THIS!! Because I will!! Britney FOREVER!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is better than i excepted it to be, given the circumstances. Britney has really outdone herself here-most of the songs are outstanding! "Piece of Me" has awesome lyrics about her life under the harsh media scrunity. "Break the Ice" and "Hot as Ice" are also awesome songs with uptempo beats. "Why Should I Be Sad" shows her personal side, as she sings from her heart about her recent marriage and divorce. Overall the album is amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With everything going on in her personal life she's popping out hits like a factory on this CD. Every song is good I listened to it on The Leak on MTV and I have found myself singing the songs while I'm at work or in the shower. The old Britney is baaaaacccckkkk!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard the entire album and I must say, it's better than I thought. This will surely be #1 for A LONG TIME! If you liked "Toxic" then you'll like this entire album
Guest More than 1 year ago
This piece of pop is well burned to the popcorn left in the mircowave,brit has been over processed and has no flavor left...or talent... that little bit she did have "Stronger" was thankful to good producers, here on this BURNOUT disc, we have massive overdubs of heavy bass so every urban kid can junk up their parent's car when cruising the streets at vocal talent or even a real voice left in the bunch of electro over done,I think cher has done this before,style...I think anyone who buys this cd needs to be spanked hard in the head with a JONI MITCHELL record...and then maybe you'll know real talent when you hear's shameful that we have been reduced to this type of pop music. To the Brit Fans...don't just like it coz it's should really understand that she is no where on that's all producers...and a voice over...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole cd is's her best album yet.EVERYONE should go out and pick this album up the day it comes will not be dissapointed trust me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is by far the best pop album of 2007. Despite whats going on in her personal life, this is one of her best albums shes ever made so far. All the songs are filled with fun, creative, hot,dance, bold energy. If your a fan of this type of music buy it because you will enjoy! Britney still has that spark in her. She may be going through problems but she will make it through. Buy the album, it's awesome! Some of my favorites SO FAR are Break the Ice, Ooh Ooh Baby, Piece of Me. Every song is great though. Go buy it. If you like this kind of music, you won't regret it. Welcome back britney!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is amazing! it is fresh, new, and innventive! the innovation in this music is mind bending! the vocals are secondary and the music and the groove is priority! a great album from a person who is not a fan!! way to go and i will buy this cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britney has reinvented her music! This new sound is hot and moody. Definatley her best album. Explicit lyrics, good vibes and excellent catharsis of her character! Even anti-Britney fans will be impressed with the new sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the entire album, and I absolutely love it!!!! I could definitely dance to every single one of these songs. I don't agree with how she's running her life right now, but this cd is definitely awesome and I am so buying it on Tues!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album elevates Britney to a new level. Her past albums were for the most part good, but anchored by a couple of really strong singles and followed by sub-par pop. Blackout is a 12 disc album where not one single disappoints. Not only is this her best album, it is, in my opinion, better than the recent releases by Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Fergie, and Beyonce.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say, through all the stuff Britney has been going through she is back better than ever. People need to get out of her life and let her be the person she is, since no one is prefect and we have all made mistakes. However, this CD rocks and she is BACK in full force so watch out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a must-have! I've always loved Britney, her music and her status of icon from the bottom of my heart. I must say that each album surprises me a lot. But this one is absolutely mind-blowing! Highly inspired, wonderfully arranged, amazingly produced, each track is absolutely beautiful, edgy and innovative. It's clear that, along with her producers, she worked really hard to get a final sound that is chiseled and vocals that are perfect. And the lyrics are not just fun-filled. Some of them are quite deep and introspective. It's hard for me to say which are my favorite songs, because I like them all, but if I really had to choose, I'd signal "Piece Of Me", "Heaven On Earth" and "Get Naked (I Got A Plan)". I think that it will win over even her harshest critics. Simply her best record ever and undoubtedly the best album of the year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britney only lent her name to this lame piece of work. She has no talent and does not care about her fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britney Spears is actually making good music despite everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of these tunes are great music when I am on the treadmill. Music you can move to! This CD is better than I thought it would be. I think Ms Spears is trying to channel Gwen S & Madonna in a few of these songs. I hope she gets her act together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think the cd is really good and i support britney. the beats are also awesome to dance to...since im a dancer anything with a good beat is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that the media trouble mommy would have produced such a killer cd? I really expected the worst, but this cd is H-O-T! There will definitely be quite a few club hits off this one... all have such fabulous beats!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britney does it again ! This cd is something Ive been waiting for. A cd filled with good dance music, weather i'm driving or hanging out with friends. The beat keeps me going. After all, It's about the music NOT her personal life. Britney you rock my gayworld !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm completely suprised that is album is good. In fact, It's GREAT! Got cha on my (Radar)Got cha on my (Radar)Got cha on my (Radar) I def would recomend this to anyone who wants a good beat. She has turned