In the Zone

In the Zone

by Britney Spears
     
 

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If 2001's Britney was a transitional album, capturing Spears at the point when she wasn't a girl, and not yet a woman, her 2003 follow-up, In The Zone is where she has finally completed that journey and turned into Britney, the Adult Woman. Like her peer Christina Aguilera, Britney equates maturity with transparent sexuality, and the pounding sounds of…  See more details below

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If 2001's Britney was a transitional album, capturing Spears at the point when she wasn't a girl, and not yet a woman, her 2003 follow-up, In The Zone is where she has finally completed that journey and turned into Britney, the Adult Woman. Like her peer Christina Aguilera, Britney equates maturity with transparent sexuality, and the pounding sounds of nightclubs, but since she's not as dirty as Xtina, her spin is a little different. Where Christina comes across like a natural-born skank, Britney is the girl next door cutting loose at college, drinking and smoking and dancing and sexing just a little too recklessly, since this is the first time she can indulge herself. And that's what In the Zone is -- Britney indulging herself, desperate to prove that she's an adult. She has been freed from her musical parent, Max Martin, who is absent for the first time from a Britney Spears album, choosing instead to play the field and work with a bunch of different collaborators, including Madonna, Moby, the Matrix, TrixsterRoy "Royalty" Hamilton, Bloodshy, and Avant, and R Kelly. Since she's so determined to be a woman, not a girl, she has completely shed the sugarcoated big hooks and sappy love songs that drove her stardom, concentrating on music that glides by on mellow grooves, or hits hard with its hip-hop beats. It's all club-ready, but despite some hints of neo-electro and the Neptunes, it doesn't quite sound modern -- it sounds like a cut from 1993, or Madonna's Bedtime Stories and Ray of Light. Production-wise, these tracks are not only accomplished, but are much more varied than any of her previous albums -- in particular, Moby's "Early Mornin'," which has a sleek feel, Mark Taylor's "Breathe on Me" is alluring, and the Bloodshy and Avant productions, "Showdown" and "Toxic," are irresistible ear candy in what is surely her most ambitious, adventurous album to date.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886919933529
catalogNumber:
199335
Rank:
4590

Tracks

  1. Me Againt the Music
  2. (I Got That) Boom Boom  -  Ying Yang Twins
  3. Showdown
  4. Breathe On Me  -  Ying Yang Twins
  5. Early Mornin'
  6. Toxic
  7. Outrageous
  8. Touch of My Hand
  9. The Hook Up
  10. Shadow
  11. Brave New Girl
  12. Everytime
  13. Me Against the Music

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