Britney Spears Circus
Rolling Stone: 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The clubby, adventurous pop on her sixth album...would have made a fine follow-up to 2003's IN THE ZONE."
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- Released: December 2, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Imports
Rolling Stone - p.923.5 stars out of 5 -- "The clubby, adventurous pop on her sixth album...would have made a fine follow-up to 2003's IN THE ZONE."
Entertainment Weekly - p.69"[H]alfway through, CIRCUS shifts from defiant booty calls to subtler material; suddenly, it's a first-rate electro-pop album." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.41) - "From the synthy open of 'Womanizer' to the regretful ache spurring 'Blur,' CIRCUS gives Brit pop a whole new meaning, as the singer does double duty as a dance diva and brokenhearted balladeer."
Blender (Magazine) - p.603 stars out of 5 -- "[C]andy-coated bangers that move beyond freaky tantrums and into Madonna-type provocation."
- 3.Out From Under
- 4.Kill The Lights
- 5.Shattered Glass
- 6.If U Seek Amy
- 7.Unusual You
- 9.Mmm Papi
- 11.Lace And Leather
- 12.My Baby
Personnel: Britney Spears (background vocals); Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald (guitar, keyboards, drums, programming); Henrik Jonback (guitar); Andy Page (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, strings, piano, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, drum programming); Guy Sigsworth (strings, keyboards, drum programming); Max Martin (programming, background vocals); Leah Haywood, Candice Nelson, Claude Kelly, Nicole Morier, Myah Marie, Kasia Livingston, Debi Nova, Windy Wagner, Luke Boyd, Cathy Dennis (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Niklas Flyckt; Harvey Mason, Jr. ; Andy Page; Serban Ghenea; Tony Maserati .
Recording information: Bloodshy & Avant Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Frou Frou Central, London, England; Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA; Legacy Studios, New York, NY; Maratone Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Underlab, Los Angeles, CA; Train Tracks Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Kate Turning.
Barely more than a year after her much-hyped comeback album, BLACKOUT, Britney Spears returned with another studio outing, 2008's CIRCUS. Though the title acknowledges the drama of Britney's personal and public life, the record primarily takes on the big-top theme in a general "let me entertain you" approach, as evinced by the sassy, uber-catchy singles "Womanizer" and "Circus." This dance-pop vibe extends to "Kill the Lights" and the winking "If U Seek Amy," among other tracks, proving that Spears still has the club in mind despite past unfortunate nightlife exploits. The relatively wholesome, soft-focus cover of CIRCUS isn't completely misleading, however, since Britney puts the beats and her bad-girl persona aside for mellow, thoughtful tunes such as "Out from Under" and "My Baby," gentle tracks produced by Guy Sigsworth, also renowned for his work with Bjork and Madonna. While not a drastic departure from BLACKOUT, CIRCUS is the work of a seemingly more grounded superstar, and it largely succeeds in refocusing on Britney as a performer, rather than reinforcing her status as a tabloid fixture.
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