PopJustice.com had the opportunity to listen to Britney’s Femme Fatale album in full, and posted a lengthy review.
“Well we had a listen to ‘Femme Fatale’ earlier. And here’s the good news: ‘Circus’ feels like the work of a different artist. Here’s the even better news: ‘Femme Fatale’ is another ‘Blackout’. It’s bursting with all that album’s best bits – the slightly deranged production, the hard and dark spirit, the massive beats and the big tunes. And while it might be less of a surprise, as Britney is obviously pretty much back on top of things now, on first listen it might just be as much of a masterpiece. It’s also a relief, because if ‘Femme Fatale’ had been a bit of a dog’s dinner Britney-as-a-recording-artist would have been over.
Lyrically – well, on the surface it’s about what happens when you go out and what happens when you get back home, and beneath the surface it may well turn out to be that too. Pop right now doesn’t really feel like it needs another set of songs about how great it is to a) go clubbing and/or b) have ***, and ‘Femme Fatale’ is preoccupied by both those topics, but it feels like Britney manages to sidestep the clublolz trap in the usually awful David Guetta sense or that sometimes awful Ke$ha sense. ‘Femme Fatale’ is an album with a perfectly defined sound and a clearly established personality. It’s a club record in the same sense ‘Blackout’ was. It hangs together, it makes you feel like having a bit of a dance. It’s playful. Gone are the slightly laboured, joyless moments of ‘Circus’.”
They reveal more lyrics to “Criminal,” one of the slower songs on the album:
but… Mama I’m in love with a criminal, and this type of love isn’t rational, it’s physical; Mama please don’t cry i will be alright, all reason aside I just can’t deny, I love that guy”