The only non-hit of the bunch, "And Then We Kiss", is the first to exit. The song was an In The Zone reject-turned-fan-favorite and the sole 'new' song on the first remix album. The production is pretty much an extension of what we heard on the actual would've been parent album but it's really brilliantly executed and Britney sounds quite sensuous on it. I guess the only reason similarly styled "Breathe on Me" or "Touch of My Hand" made it on the album and this didn't was that this doesn't quite have as much of an intense climax as the other two.
08. And Then We Kiss (15 votes, 60%)
What's confusing? We just find the heart of the prison and the dragon who speaks without walls, and we're home free. Simple.
I never cared much for Gimme More and the mess surrounding it didn't help to endear it to me. Piece Of Me was much better.
I still think 'Piece Of Me' is fantastic and really quite "different" for an artist like Britney Spears to release. Maybe less so in the UK because we were already well into that kind of Robyn/Girls Aloud-esque electro-pop but for mainstream America it was a little out of nowhere.
But come ON, you truly haven't lived until you've drunkenly dry humped a random guy in a club whilst popping out your hips to the DIRTY beat of 'Gimme More'. After a few years in the pop wilderness I truly cannot think of a better way to re-launch one of the biggest popstars on the planet. Not that 80% of what happened during 2007 was INTENTIONAL, mind, but nothing about the launch of 'Blackout' was underwhelming in terms of sheer car-crash spectacle and it will always be one of the most (in)famous periods of her career and life. After years of underwhelming comebacks it was refreshing to have one that actually DELIVERED
I just find Gimme More a bit repetitive and tuneless TBH. It's not terrible or anything, it's just there.
This performance is truly LIFE ITSELF (said with a distint whiff of IRONY)
There are frequent moments where MASSIVE stars do ill-advised things (see: Madonna's career since 2005) but the fault generally lies in the concept, not the execution. Or you get Z-LIST stars who stumble around on stage off their TITS and make a show of themselves. But when do the two ever mix in such PHANTASMAGORIC FASHION?
Dead-eyed Britney was so much better when she wasn't trying to pretend that she was "normal". Her slight lick of the lips as she forgets to mime "It's Britney, bitch" whilst staring completely nonchalantly into space is a CAREER HIGHLIGHT
It's funny - for the first 20 seconds or so of that performance I genuinely thought to myself "this might not be that bad". And in the context of when it happened there hadn't really been a major Britney incident since the umbrella so there actually was a whiff of there being a chance of her delivering. There were even rumors that David Copperfield had this whole ELABORATE design for the set and that it would be something completely epic, little did we know
I also love how the audience reactions goes from quite concerned/serious to Rihanna laughing near the end and then all the tentative clapping.
Last edited by POP!; 29-06-2012 at 01:42 AM.
I think Gimme More has to go this round
(Overprotected has way too many votes at the moment)
It's like you're screaming . . . and no one can hear;
you almost feel ashamed . . . that someone could be that important
I remember the first time I threw myself at another queen to the STRAINS of GIMME MORE
And who HASN'T stumbled around their living room in a post night out HAZE and re-enacted that VMA perf MOVE BY MOVE? "I just want MORE" *Rihanna cuntily laughs*
If I had to list the Top 5 iconic moments in Britney's career, they would be:
1 Baby, One More Time video
2 VMAs 07
3 Shaving head + umbrella combo
4 VMAs 01
5 VMAs 03
Shocked so many people are voting out Gimme More. I always thought it was universally ADORED.
The lack of "energy" is what MAKES Gimme More for me. What I love about the entire Blackout album is that is really does sum up what a DRUG-INDUCED TORPOR should sound like. You might be dancing to something uptempo, but everything feels SLOWER and more LIFELESS.
The later "robo-Britney" hits missed the mark here, because they were TRYING to sound like engaging pop songs, sung by an engaged singer.
Stronger and Womanizer don't belong here. Truly two of the worse things she's ever put her name on
cat, hat; in French, chat, chapeau in Spanish, el gato in a sombrero.
The song is good - but it just doesn't hold a candle to the 'alive' Britney tracks - including the bottom two here. Even if she's a robot at least if you couldn't see her perform them, they both SOUND like she's still 100% there.
That's where I disagree
I think Britney sounds more PRESENT on Blackout because IRONICALLY she's so absent (as she was at the time). You get a sense that you're actually listening to a BRITNEY ALBUM.
Whereas Circus and Femme Fatale actually sound like they were generated completely in ISOLATION of Britney
Last edited by Loufoque; 02-07-2012 at 12:18 PM.
I pity those that don't "get" Gimme More. It's one of the FEW tracks ever that blew me away from the very first listen.
I loathe Womanizer. It PLODS.
Someone please save Overprotected .
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