Britney Spears has been through a lot over the past few years and she’s just finally re-established herself as a performer and an artist. Her last album ‘Femme Fatale’ was positively received by critics and fans across the globe and she dominated the charts with ‘Hold It Against Me’ and ‘Til The World Ends’ in 2011. Her ‘Femme Fatale Tour’ was positively received with Spears interacting with the crowd and increasingly singing live more. For the past year she has disappeared into the studio preparing her eighth studio album set for release at the end of the year.
‘Work Bitch’ is the lead single from Britney’s new album and it’s safe to say it’s pretty disappointing at a first listen. There was a lot of hype surrounding this single saying that this will show a new side to Britney and this will be another chart dominator but it just lacks that moment which will make it a huge single. This song will however be huge in clubs with its synths and beat drops making it a DJ’s favourite.
Spears’ uses her odd English accent throughout ‘Work Bitch’ which she also used in Will.I.Am’s smash hit ‘Scream And Shout’. This allows her to take on a different persona which I am guessing we will hear more of on this new album. It actually works for her as she goes in and out of the accent keeping the listener intrigued but it takes a little while to embrace this sound for her. The structure of the song is very messy and see’s Spears talking the chorus while the verses mirror each other and ultimately controlling the sound of the song. 2.48 is where the song gets interesting with the ‘Work Bitch’ beat dropping out completely the bridge is introduced where she starts singing “Hold your head high, fingers to the sky”. This is the first time she properly sings on this track and it sounds incredible and is the true highlight of the song.
Overall ‘Work Bitch’ is not what anyone was expecting from Britney Spears and it takes a lot of listening for it to grow on you. This will be her club hit but ‘m not sure if it will be a chart hit with radio being a bit hesitant to play the track. I’m interested to hear the rest of the album and see if this is the sound which will be taking over her new image. Give it a listen below, do you agree?
Britney Spears – Work Bitch is now available on ITunes