Britney [2002 Version]

Britney [2002 Version]

by Britney Spears
     
 

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The title says it all -- that this third album is where it's all about Britney. Actually, the titles say it all: Britney is "Overprotected," she pleads "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," tries to let us all see "What It's Like to Be Me." All three songs are pivotal moments on Britney Spears' third album, the record where she strives to deepen her persona (not…  See more details below

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The title says it all -- that this third album is where it's all about Britney. Actually, the titles say it all: Britney is "Overprotected," she pleads "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," tries to let us all see "What It's Like to Be Me." All three songs are pivotal moments on Britney Spears' third album, the record where she strives to deepen her persona (not the same thing as her character, of course), making it more adult while still recognizably Britney. That much was evident from the selection of the first single, "I'm a Slave 4 U," a sultry Neptunes-produced salute to Prince that is so far removed from the big, glitzy Max Martin productions that are her signature that at first it sounds awkward, even wrong. As it grows, it sounds like one of her best singles -- a skittering, spare funk number that is a perfect next move for her teasing, unformed sexiness. Such a departure seems to signal a full album of surprises like that, especially when teamed with the aforementioned title, but Britney isn't that bold -- after it opens with the Neptunes' retro-future funk, it delves right back into Martin territory with "Overprotected." At first, that's a disappointment, but then the small, yet significant, changes become apparent. Rhythmically and melodically, the whole album is sharper, tougher than what came before. What used to be unabashedly frothy has some disco grit, underpinned by Spears' spunky self-determination that helps sell hooks that are already catchier, by and large, than those that populated her previous two albums. While there's no denying that this reinvention and statement of dogged individuality is no doubt a calculated move (and a brilliant, timely one at that), there's no denying that it's effective, in large part because Spears is committed to making this record work. She's co-written more songs than ever before, and these are strong selections, whether it's the hard-edged "Lonely," the sweet "That's Where You Take Me," or, especially, the neo-disco "Anticipating," one of the pure delights on this record. These are small steps forward -- really, the most overt steps forward are the collaborations with the Neptunes on "Slave" and "Boys," which are the sexiest sounding cuts she ever did -- but most of the Martin productions sound fuller (particularly the Dido-written ballad "I'm Not a Girl"), and Rodney Jerkins offers some welcome rhythmic invention on many of his contributions. This isn't a perfect record -- Martin stumbles on "Bombastic Love," Jerkins drops the ball on "I Love Rock N Roll" (this year's entry of the now obligatory cringe-inducing classic rock by Spears) -- but it does sound like the work of a star who has now found and refined her voice, resulting in her best record yet (and rivaling Mandy Moore's eponymous album as the best teen pop record yet released). It's enough of a reinvention to suggest that Britney will know what to do when the teen pop phenomenon of 1999-2001 passes for good. [In 2002, a version of the album appeared bundled with a disc of remixes and bonus video content.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
Label:
Jive / Sbme Europe
UPC:
9326382004919
catalogNumber:
22387

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'm a Slave 4 U
  2. Overprotected
  3. Lonely
  4. I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
  5. Boys
  6. Anticipating
  7. I Love Rock 'N' Roll
  8. Cinderella
  9. Let Me Be
  10. Bombastic Love
  11. That's Where You Take Me
  12. When I Found You
  13. Before the Goodbye
  14. What It's Like to Be Me
  15. Overprotected
  16. I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
  17. I'm a Slave 4 U

Disc 2

  1. Britney Talks, Pt. 1
  2. I'm a Slave 4 U
  3. Britney Talks, Pt. 2
  4. Lights, Camera, Action (Overprotected)
  5. Britney Talks, Pt. 3
  6. I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
  7. Britney Talks, Pt. 4
  8. Overprotected
  9. Britney Talks, Pt. 5
  10. Making of Pepsi (Right Now Taste the Victory)
  11. Britney Talks, Pt. 6

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Britney Spears   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tyler Collins   Background Vocals
Nile Rodgers   Guitar
Chris Thompson   Background Vocals
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Damion Hall   Background Vocals
Jeff Pescetto   Background Vocals
Jason Scheff   Background Vocals
Wil Wheaton   Background Vocals
Deal Dover   Background Vocals
Max Martin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Nana Hedin   Background Vocals
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Pharrell Williams   Multi Instruments
Thomas Lindberg   Bass
Josè Carlos Schwartz   Bass,Guitar
Carlos Vasquez   Guitar
Isaac Phillips   Guitar
Chad Hugo   Multi Instruments
Jennifer Karr   Background Vocals
Albert Hall   Background Vocals
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Brian Kierulf   Bass
Paul Umbach   Guitar

Technical Credits

Alan Merrill   Composer
Steven Barkan   Engineer
James Biondolillo   String Arrangements
Dido   Composer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Mark Suozzo   String Arrangements
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,drum programming
BT   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jake Hooker   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Josè Carlos Schwartz   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Britney Spears   Composer
John Amatiello   Vocal Engineer,Pro-Tools
Brian Garten   Engineer
Neptunes   Producer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Justin Timberlake   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Pablo Munguia   Engineer
Jörgen Elofsson   Composer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Rami   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Wade Robson   Composer,Producer
Fabian Marasciullo   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Peter Kvint   Producer,Engineer
Lisa Gralnek   Creative Coordinator
Brian Kierulf   Composer
Mathias Wenge   Vocal Engineer
Steve Lunt   Composer
Josh Schwartz   Composer

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