Britney [2002 Version]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
  • EAN: 9326382004919
  • Catalog Number: 22387

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Slave 4 U (3:23)
  2. 2 Overprotected (3:19)
  3. 3 Lonely (3:20)
  4. 4 I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman (3:51)
  5. 5 Boys (3:28)
  6. 6 Anticipating (3:16)
  7. 7 I Love Rock 'N' Roll (3:06)
  8. 8 Cinderella (3:39)
  9. 9 Let Me Be (2:51)
  10. 10 Bombastic Love (3:05)
  11. 11 That's Where You Take Me (3:32)
  12. 12 When I Found You (3:36)
  13. 13 Before the Goodbye (3:48)
  14. 14 What It's Like to Be Me (2:50)
  15. 15 Overprotected (3:07)
  16. 16 I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman (5:25)
  17. 17 I'm a Slave 4 U (3:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Britney Talks, Pt. 1 (1:26)
  2. 2 I'm a Slave 4 U (3:22)
  3. 3 Britney Talks, Pt. 2 (1:52)
  4. 4 Lights, Camera, Action (Overprotected) (4:16)
  5. 5 Britney Talks, Pt. 3 (3:14)
  6. 6 I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman (3:20)
  7. 7 Britney Talks, Pt. 4 (1:14)
  8. 8 Overprotected (3:34)
  9. 9 Britney Talks, Pt. 5 (0:55)
  10. 10 Making of Pepsi (Right Now Taste the Victory) (2:47)
  11. 11 Britney Talks, Pt. 6 (1:40)
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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
Tom Coyne Mastering
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
The 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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