By Maura Driscoll
On her third album since her triumphant, post-breakdown, return to music, Britney Spears proves once again that she’s not going away anytime soon.
Though bound to be a highly successful album, “Femme Fatale (Deluxe Edition),” is nothing out of the ordinary or outside of Spears’ comfort zone. It has the same feel as her most recent albums, “Blackout” and “Circus,” and there are no surprises with this new set of tracks.
Spears delivers her standard music, which for diehard fans is just what they were looking for, but those who have never been supporters, or are disgusted with the music industry, will undoubtedly turn up their noses at the music.
Auto tuned to death and digitally edited to the point where Spears often sounds robotic, “Femme Fatale” brings nothing more to the table other than sugary, computerized songs fit for nothing but remixes and the club scene, playing into the current dubstep craze.
Pre-released singles “Hold It Against Me” and “Till The World Ends” rapidly spread across radio stations and climbed the charts within the first week of their respective releases.
Despite the fact that it’s cluttered with many of the same sounding tunes, “Femme Fatale” does have a few hidden gems worth checking out.
“I Wanna Go,” an upbeat song that you can’t help but want to dance to, is one of the bright spots on the album. Its addictive hook and fun whistle effect make for an enjoyable track, although severely computerized.
Another song off the album that fans are sure to love is “Gasoline,” which is typical Spears. The transitions from upbeat and catchy verses to a darker and edgier hook makes for an enthralling, though somewhat redundant, track.
If listeners are willing to look past the heavy handed editing, autotuning, and regrettable introduction of dubstep in almost every one of the album’s tracks, “Femme Fatale” provides party perfect songs but lacks the depth and range of talent Spears is sure to still possess; the reintroduction of which would have been a welcomed change of pace.