By far the saddest song on “Britney Jean” is “Alien,” the William Orbit produced track about feeling alienated, and in today’s society where many connect virtually through technology, it’s easy to feel lonely.
Orbit snuck in UFO-probing sound-bites and a bizarre woo-hooing behind Britney’s vocals. After the first verse, a basic beat is thrown in and is subtle enough to still feel organic and under-produced. I’ll admit, the demo that leaked before the final version is far better vocally speaking, because the auto-tune used to change her pitch in the album version is a reminder that it strays from the original, and fans don’t like people fucking with the Queen’s voice.
Orbit addressed the heat he got from fans about the original versus the said demo, saying:
“Oh man. The demo. I’m going to see what’s out there. I’m not sure what got leaked, what everybody is listening to etc
Be interesting to see the lyrics marked up by somebody with the offending bits”
To me, “Alien” is about Britney expressing a viewpoint she has about her superstardom – how it singles her out.
Britney whispered to Andy Cohen at her album listening party it’s her favorite track off the album. She says fans can relate to “Alien” because sometimes we all feel “alienated, shy, or nervous.”
Mark my words: this will be a single (hopefully fourth).
There was a time I was one of a kind
Lost in the world of me, myself and I
Was lonely then, like an alien
I tried but I never figured it out
Why I always felt like a stranger in a crowd
But that was then, like an alien
Written by: Britney Spears, William Orbit, Dan Traynor, Ana Diaz, Anthony Preston
Produced by: William Orbit & HyGrade
Vocals Produced by: William Orbit & Anthony Preston
Additional Vocals by: Ana Diaz