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Update: NYTimes gave Glory 50/100 on Metacritic.

This will **** up the average...******* c*nts!

http://www.metacritic.com/music/glory/britney-spears

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Britney Spears strives mightily to be one-dimensional on “Glory,” her ninth studio album. But Ms. Spears has plenty of back story; she’s a 34-year-old working mother, the headliner in her own Las Vegas spectacle and a performer who has weathered teenage fame, backlash, public meltdowns and wave after wave of tabloid headlines. “Glory,” her first album since 2013, is her latest attempt to reclaim her place on the pop charts, which are now crowded with younger performers who have studied her the way Ms. Spears studied Madonna. Her latest strategy is relentless and unambiguous: Stick to ****.

Ms. Spears’s albums in the 2000s, like “Blackout” and “Femme Fatale,” showed that she and her advisers know something about the dynamics of celebrity and media, as she toyed with provocation and selective revelation. Hits like “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Toxic” teased at the power dynamics of lust and romance. But “Glory” has shallower aims; it’s all come-ons and promises of pleasure, as if the only intimacies that matter are physical ones. “To know each other better/Put your love all over me,” she coos in “Invitation,” the breathy, Janet Jackson-meets-Philip Glass enticement that opens the album.

For songwriting and production, Ms. Spears drew from the talent pool that also supplies material for her pop peers and rivals, among them Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato and, yes, Madonna. Her vocal producer, Mischke, has a résumé stretching from Michael Jackson and the Spice Girls to Gwen Stefani.

“Glory” is Ms. Spears’s ninth studio album.
Unlike Will.i.am, the producer who filled Ms. Spears’s 2013 album “Britney Jean” with club-music clichés, her new collaborators make musical space for her. They look toward the melting tones, echoey hollows and vocal-sample constructions of recent releases by Ms. Gomez and Justin Bieber. Heavy bass lines and kick drums are all but banished, perhaps to return in remixes. Instead, syncopations are sketched in the midrange by handclaps, keyboard chords, electronic plinks or bits of guitar. The album’s peppiest song, “What You Need,” matches a track that sounds like foot-stamping, freeze-dried Motown to a vocal that flaunts its electronic warbles.

Throughout the album, Ms. Spears’s voice — no doubt still processed, but far less obviously robotic — has emphatically returned to the foreground. In verses, she recalls the flirty singer, with the knowing scratch in her little-girl voice, who conquered 1990s pop. She sounds more involved, more present, than she has in a decade. Choruses, like those in “Make Me…,” sometimes layer her voice into an ecstatic choir.

Yet even with her voice upfront, Ms. Spears isn’t singing anything particularly personal. “Glory” is one long, often catchy, announcement of availability. Ms. Spears declares “nobody should be alone if they don’t have to be” in the electro-rocker “Do You Wanna Come Over?”; “Slumber Party,” which eases into a reggae-lite chorus, promises, “We ain’t gonna sleep tonight.” In “Love Me Down,” she says, “You say we don’t talk any more but/I’m thinking we talk too much,” preferring communication by touch. A song on the deluxe version of this album, “Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortés),” sets out to seduce a guy who is “trying to be a gentleman” and doesn’t want to “cross the line” by urging, in Spanish, “don’t be polite,” adding “I’m desperate/so desperate.”

And often, behind the sleek electronics and the tidy vocals, a certain desperation comes through. “Just Luv Me,” one song, begs. Ms. Spears’s previous album, “Britney Jean,” was her commercial nadir, and the singles preceding the release of “Glory” — “Make Me...” and “Pretty Girls,” a collaboration with Iggy Azalea that’s not on this album — weren’t smashes. Another preview, “Private Show,” was introduced alongside a new perfume of the same name. It casts the singer as a stripper: “Slide down my pole/Watch me spin it and twerk it.”

Working for others, the songwriters behind “Glory” have come up with other messages, particularly for female singers. Teen pop now abounds with hit-making messages of doubts overcome, of pride, of confidence, of empowerment that doesn’t depend on pleasing a guy. Ms. Spears, with turbulent decades of experience, might connect her life with her songs, as divas do, and find herself forging a stronger bond with listeners. But “Glory” doesn’t make that reach. It’s as if, after all her fans and fame, Ms. Spears can still only present herself as that most generic pop commodity: a sexpot.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/arts/music/britney-spears-glory-review.html?_r=2

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I'm tired of some people wanting her to sing about feminism and that ****, she makes music to make people happy, dance, feel ****...she sticks to what she enjoys and likes...let the empowering **** to the try hards like Thiefonce :arianabye:

 

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I wish she would make a personal album. She would probably be critically acclaim. I would pick a more personal album version over just *** Glory any day. That's just not Britney. Everytime is one of m

Well, music today is very political, just like Beyonce. Being Britney who always sing about ***.. it won't do any good for her charisma approach.. She's not young anymore like Taylor, so there goes he

bye new york times,   i'm having fun with glory now   thanks god for britney doesn't need a script for sell her albums 

I wish she would make a personal album. She would probably be critically acclaim. I would pick a more personal album version over just *** Glory any day. That's just not Britney. Everytime is one of my favorite songs because I know it's personal and a part of a reason it's so loved. I think Glory would be a lot better if some more personal songs and ballads were in it.

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I d rather listen to *** theme (because it 's more me) than some pep talk from anyone else. They don't understand the feminine side of Britney. She's a sweet girl, likes to choose happiness over drama so what's wrong with her to sing fun songs. Come one, who delivers sexiness but not dirtiness better than Ms. Spears? 

Garbage tbh

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it's a good review but yeah, wtf, if she wants to make an album all about *** and love, why cant she?

her voice IS ***. imagine britneys **** voice singing about like, save the manatees. ppl would think it was a double entendre cause her voice is just breathy and **** (and amazing).

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Yeah this is stupid AF.  It is HER career.  HER art.  She should be able to record and perform what SGE wants and it should be critiqued unbiased.  Like...they act as if there is a standard for the content on an album.  3 **** song, 7 personal songs, 1 ballad, 2 goofy songs, etc.. I'm over it.  This is what she likes to do.  And they need to accept that and give her fair reviews for what she wants to do.  Maybe I'm ready to hear Adele make a dub-step pop song.  They never ***** about artists like that, because they revere them for what they talk about in songs.  *** is still taboo apparently and Britney has to suffer that no one will ever, fully, take her seriously if that's all she sings about.  But **** it.  At least they seemed mostly positive.

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I wish she would make a personal album. She would probably be critically acclaim. I would pick a more personal album version over just *** Glory any day. That's just not Britney. Everytime is one of my favorite songs because I know it's personal and a part of a reason it's so loved. I think Glory would be a lot better if some more personal songs and ballads were in it.

But that's the thing...we want Britney to call the shots.  We don't want Britney being anyone's puppet.  This is OBVIOUSLY what she wants to do.  I'm not sure why her fans think she should do what they and critics want her to do.  How is that Britney being in control of her art?

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But that's the thing...we want Britney to call the shots.  We don't want Britney being anyone's puppet.  This is OBVIOUSLY what she wants to do.  I'm not sure why her fans think she should do what they and critics want her to do.  How is that Britney being in control of her art?

 

I wanted a personal album since after Blackout. Just something I want as a fan. I like Glory, but would probably like it if it was more personal. Just my personal preference as a fan. People say all the time what they would like Britney to do, what singles and what not, yet pan people who have views like this and at the same time sign a petition against her Make Me video. Which is it? Either way, I think a personal album from Britney would be great. That's my opinion. We can agree to disagree.

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Still more personal though. :drinky:

Man on the Moon - Britney wanting love, after heartbreak (now she's learned to love herself it seems! so i'm so proud of her :D )

Liar - Lbr, this could be about JT, or some ex she's figured out is a liar...David?

If I'm Dancing - Britney having a good time :tifftear:

Just Like Me - Probably from personal experience, it doesn't have to be recent.  Maybe she had a reflection on her relationship with JT or something.  (it could be related to that.  Wasn't David caught with some blonde girl or something idk)

 

Besides, the music doesn't have to be personal tbh.  The quality on Glory (musically and production wise) is (in my opinion) millions of miles better than Britney Jean. 

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I wanted a personal album since after Blackout. Just something I want as a fan. I like Glory, but would probably like it if it was more personal. Just my personal preference as a fan. People say all the time what they would like Britney to do, what singles and what not, yet pan people who have views like this and at the same time sign a petition against her Make Me video. Which is it? Either way, I think a personal album from Britney would be great. That's my opinion. We can agree to disagree.

No, I totally get that.  And I'm not trying to be an *** haha.  Im just saying...we all bitched so much about Britney being "forced" by Max and Dr. Luke and her label on FF...and then we and critics all turn around and try to do the same lol.  It's like she's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't.  I would love a personal album too (piss off Britney Jean), but ultimately, I will respect what she its out and be fair with her for what she releases if it's not what I want because it must be her vision...ya know what I mean?  It's just annoying that critics can't allow her to be HER.

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