Britney Jean

Britney Jean

by Britney Spears
     
 

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Typically, whenever a self-titled album arrives fairly far into an artist's career it signifies a rebirth, a moment when the musician reconnects to what's real and true. That's the party line on Britney Jean, Britney Spears' eighth album (she already used Britney as the title of her third album, way back in 2001). Prior to its December 2013 release,

Overview

Typically, whenever a self-titled album arrives fairly far into an artist's career it signifies a rebirth, a moment when the musician reconnects to what's real and true. That's the party line on Britney Jean, Britney Spears' eighth album (she already used Britney as the title of her third album, way back in 2001). Prior to its December 2013 release, Britney called Britney Jean one of her most "personal" records, a term that carries a certain weight, suggesting that the brief album -- a mere ten songs and 36 minutes in its standard form and not much longer in its deluxe expansion -- would offer insight into the spectral pop star. As it turns out, Britney Jean is a streamlined approximation of 2011's Femme Fatale, which itself attempted to re-create the producer-driven magic of 2007's Blackout, the album that seems destined to be the apex and turning point of Spears' career. Dr. Luke, the main producer behind Femme Fatale's two big hits ("Till the World Ends" and "Hold It Against Me"), is absent, as is her longtime collaborator Max Martin, who worked on those two Dr. Luke-produced hits. In their place is will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas leader who happened to be responsible for Femme Fatale's "Big Fat Bass." will.i.am sports producer credits on seven of the ten songs on Britney Jean and is listed as executive producer, responsible for shaping the sound and direction of the album. Often, this means Britney seems to be playing a role will.i.am created just for her, a situation not unfamiliar to Spears. The best moments arrive when she's forced to the front: she's the focus on the Katy Perry co-written and Diplo-produced "Passenger," the purest pop moment on the record that finds a counterpart in the album's best ballad, "Perfume"; her bizarre vocal affectations invigorate "Work Bitch" (it's hard to resist her faux British phrasing) and are mildly memorable on the Jamie Lynn Spears duet "Chillin' with You." Elsewhere, will.i.am, sometimes assisted by David Guetta, puts Britney through Euro-disco paces as she competes with synthesizers and bass; William Orbit works a similar territory but achieves a melancholy grace on the album opener, "Alien." [A clean version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2013
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0888430012028
catalogNumber:
300120
Rank:
60049

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Britney Spears   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
William Orbit   Musician
Mark Cargill   Concert Master
Adrienne Woods   Celli
Michael Valerio   Bass
Sia   Background Vocals
Neel Hammond   Viola
Sebastian Ingrosso   Musician
Karen Elaine   Viola
Giorgio Tuinfort   Piano
Pierre-Luc Rioux   Guitar
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Celli
Myah Marie   Background Vocals
Ana Díaz   Vocals
Andre Lindal   Guitar
Joshua Lopez   Acoustic Guitar
Hygrade   Musician
Otto Knows   Musician
Anthony Preston   Background Vocals
Joakim Harestad Haukaas   Guitar
Ginny Luke   Violin
Lucine Fyelon   Violin
Jamie Lynn Spears   Background Vocals
Rachel Grace   Violin

Technical Credits

William Orbit   Composer,Programming,Producer
Richard Vission   Producer
Nick Clow   Composer
Onree Gill   String Arrangements
Britney Spears   Composer
will.i.am   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Sia   Composer
Richard Gonzalez   Composer
Luciana Caporaso   Composer
Dylan Dresdow   Vocal Mixing
David Guetta   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Chico Bennett   Producer
Diplo   Producer
Sebastian Ingrosso   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Giorgio Tuinfort   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ruth-Anne Cunningham   Composer
Ralph Wegner   Sound Design
William Kebler "Keebz"   Additional Production
Padraic "Padlock" Kerin   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Katy Perry   Composer
Chris Kahn   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Dan Traynor   Composer
Myah Marie   Composer
Alan O'Connell   Engineer
AJ Clark   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Alan Tilston   Engineer
Keith Harris   Producer
Ana Díaz   Composer
Nicky Romero   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Andre Lindal   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing
Nick Rotteveel   Composer
Andrew Swanson   Composer
Billy Hickey   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Joshua Lopez   Composer
Damien Leroy   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jenson Vaughan   Composer
Otto Jettmann   Composer
Daniel Andrés Aguilar   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Hygrade   Programming,Producer
Marcus Van Wattum   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation,Sound Design
Jacob Dennis   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Zach Heiligman   Additional Production
Otto Knows   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bradford H. Smith   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Anthony Preston   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Christopher Braide   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Joakim Harestad Haukaas   Composer
William Adams   Composer
Clifford Joseph Harris   Composer
Rosette Sharma   Composer
Onique Williams   Composer
Julian Prindle   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Editing
Freshm3n   Producer
Todd Hurtt   Assistant Vocal Engineer
LWAM   Additional Production
Jose Luna   Composer

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