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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/31/2007

Britney Spears: Comeback Kid?

By Liz Kelly

Will 'Gimme More' take Britney back to where she left off, above, in 2003? (AP)

Yesterday, with a few unceremonious Web links (though, oddly, not on her own official site) Britney Spears returned to the music scene with the words "It's Britney bitch," as if to say this is my crazy pantsless world and y'all just live in it. If you haven't yet heard the track, take a moment and give it a listen. Celeb blogger/music lover Perez Hilton called it "very good." "Ain't half bad," says Idolator's Maura Johnston and even MTV News "has to admit is rather good."

Eh. I'm not feeling it. Maybe I'm hopelessly out of touch with over-produced bubble gum pop, but I tend to agree with post.com music guru David Malitz who gave me this on-the-spot review this morning:

"Sounds kind of uninspired. It's nowhere near good enough to make people think of her as a pop star again as opposed to a trainwreck/general mess. She can't just make a bad copy of the songs she was making four or five years ago. If she actually performs next Sunday [at the MTV VMAs] and it's a spectacle of some sort, then maybe it'll help the song get traction but otherwise, she'll need to do better than this. I think people are way past the point of paying to be entertained by Britney. Just too much over-saturation. She entertains us for free plenty with her antics."

Still, David and I could be wrong. But what do you think? Is "Gimme More" some stroke of studio magic that will go viral, like rabies? Is it enough to beat back images like this and two years of K-Fed fallout?


Thanks to the Evil Beet for transcribing the lyrics (after the jump).

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The winner of yesterday's Creative Captioning contest will be named on Tuesday.

Gimme More

It's Britney, bitch
I hear you
And I just wanna dance with you

(laughs)

Every time they turn the lights down
Just wanna go that extra mile for you
You got my display of affection
Feels like no one else in the room

Working me down like there's no one around
We keep on rockin
Cameras are flashing while we're dirty dancing

They keep watching
Keep watching
Feels like the crowd is saying

Gimme more

Center of attention
Even when we're up against the wall
You get me in a crazy position
If you're on a mission
You've got my permission

Working me down like there's no one around
We keep on rockin
Cameras are flashing while we're dirty dancing

They keep watching
Keep watching
Feels like the crowd is saying

Gimme more

I just can't control myself
They want more
Well I'll give them more

Gimme more

It's a strange world ...

Gimme more

Male voice:

Bet you didn't see this one coming
The incredible ....
The legendary Miss Britney Spears
Ha ha
And the unstoppable danger
Ah, you're gonna have to remove me
Cuz I ain't going nowhere
Heh heh

By Liz Kelly  | August 31, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
 
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Comments


Ugh. She still can't sing.

Posted by: WDC 2 | August 31, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

It has a couple of parts that are not so bad, but overall it's no where near good enough. And can I make a Brit confession here? I liked Toxic, even downloaded it from Itunes.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

i listened to britney's 'song'.

i'm now listening to 'the globe sessions' by sheryl crow.

now, *that's* music.

Posted by: methinks | August 31, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Oh, man, Toxic was a great song! (I'm so glad this forum is anonymous.)

Posted by: h3 | August 31, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Every time they turn the lights up
Just wanna gain that extra inch for you
You got my display of affliction
I dress like no one else is in the room

Working me down like a pound of ground round
We keep on eatin
Cameras are rollin while we're KFC bowlin

Please keep watching
Keep watching
Feels like my tummy is saying

Gimme more

Posted by: Quintilus Varus | August 31, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Damn websense at work, can't listen to it. Don't think I'm missing anything though, never liked her, the lyrics are asinine, but as a 40-yr black woman, I don't really think I'm her target audience.

Posted by: st.louis | August 31, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

If these lyrics are bubble gum pop we need to cut off the ears of any girl between 8 and 18!

I'm a rock-n-roll kind of girl but lyrics this rauchy are not suitable for the tween set that has been waiting for a Britney comeback. Let's face it the tween girls who were her original fans have grown up and moved on. They are not sitting in silence waiting for this no talent to finally release an album.

Posted by: j | August 31, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Read the transcript -- yeesh, that first line. Honestly, who does she think she is, Rick James or something?

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | August 31, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Meh. I prefer the "leaked" single by Heidi from "The Hills."

Posted by: Ashamed to Admit This | August 31, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Brit, stop the madness! The music is marginal and the lyrics are wack and at the same time strangely revealing of the state of delusion the pop-tart is currently in. The line, "I just can't control myself, They want more, Well I'll give them more", seems at least to sum up why she walks around in various forms of undress...

Posted by: plamar1031 | August 31, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

what the heck is wrong with women's pants these days? i hate shopping for pants because the zippers are only like 2.5 inches long and the waist barely covers your landing strip, a la brit's pic featured here.

Posted by: not bluto | August 31, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. I made the mistake of listening to this while I was eating lunch. Lost my appetitie and it brought back visions of her cottage cheese butt...oh looks like I'm off food again.

Posted by: Sharon | August 31, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"what the heck is wrong with women's pants these days?"

That was from 2003...

Either way, better rises are reportedly coming back -- from a recent fashion forum. May have been yesterday's one on the pre-teen set.

Posted by: WDC 2 | August 31, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"i hate shopping for pants because the zippers are only like 2.5 inches long and the waist barely covers your landing strip, a la brit's pic featured here."

I have a theory that ultra lowrise pants were actually a marketplace plant by the bikini waxing industry. Brazilians for all!

Posted by: 23112 | August 31, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Britney reminds me of my 30-something, used-up step-sister, who has three kids and a pathetic excuse of a career, and would STILL say something full of swagger like, "It's Britney, bytch," but inside, there's only the emptiness of a sad, lonely, pathetic woman-child. I see right through that flimsy faux-confidence.

Posted by: Anonimis | August 31, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't even make it through the whole song. Boring, generic, sucky lyrics. And I used to be a big fan of hers. Of course, I was fourteen at the time.

J, you're quite right-those of use who once comprised her target demographic have grown up and moved on. More so than she has, obviously.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | August 31, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I was raised that if you couldn't say something nice something something something I don't remember exactly what.

With that in mind, I think the song is definitely better than yesterday's photograph.

Posted by: byoolin | August 31, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I think it's, "If you can't say something nice...sit next to me?" Or something to that effect.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

My motto is "If you can't say something nice, who gives a f**k"

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Another song about some guy grinding against her in a club while other people watch. Is it art or is it real life? And after the photo yesterday, I'd be thinking twice about celebrating porno-girl exhibitionism.

Posted by: JanetK | August 31, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a rock-n-roll kind of girl but lyrics this rauchy are not suitable for the tween set that has been waiting for a Britney comeback."

Her lyrics were never appropriate. I think that raunch was the whole marketing plan when she was 12. No wonder she's so mixed up. She was never in charge of who she was or her sexuality -- it was a product. And it appears that product has been used up.

Posted by: notafan | August 31, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Not a music critic, but I do listen to music 10 hours a day. I have listened to it once and I would rate it a bag of sh*t! Her brain is fried and her career will shortly be over.

Posted by: Ignorantaboutmusic | August 31, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a very sad atempt to bring SexyBack, though since JT already did hat, it just sounds derivative.

Posted by: ick | August 31, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Is she even singing? Sounds more like half-assed attempt at 'musical' breathing.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe I'm going to say this, but I don't think it is all that bad. Definitely a Sexyback rip-off element to it, but much better than what I expected from her.

Posted by: Arlington, VA | August 31, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Technology will make anything sound half decent. Though, I'm not sure this is even "half" decent.

Posted by: MD | August 31, 2007 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it, even Alanis Morrissette was able to leave her bubble gum pop princess persona behind and become a serious singer-songwriter. Not only that she played one hell of a God.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one here that is annoyed that K-Fed is using his kids as a meal ticket?

Posted by: tlawrenceva | September 2, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I think the only time in musical history that the little vicious giggle at the start of the song has worked has been "I Know What Boys Like" by the Waitresses.

Posted by: Angela | September 2, 2007 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Does she think anyone but the tabloids are seriously interested in her anymore? They don't care about her "singing" - they only want to see crashing and burning, and then move on to the next trainwreck. Why, oh why, is she so durned dumb?!

Posted by: Maritza | September 4, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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