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the majority of criticism aimed at britney nowadays has very little to do with her music, let alone a minor detail such as songwriting credits.

it's no secret that the majority of the top 40 hits you hear aren't written by the person singing them. if this isn't already apparent to you, you're probably fucking delusional.

i do agree that it's not much of a strong foundation for criticism considering how ubiquitous it is. what pop star doesn't have a whole crew of people doing EVERYTHING but eating and shitting for them.

Posted by greg | January 2, 2008 4:59 PM

i don't buy it. elvis wasn't a genius by any stretch (read any decent bio). what he was was the right person in the right place at the right time to "invent" rock and roll. and by "invent", i don't mean invent. elvis was a brilliant singer and a pretty damn good showman. britney on the other hand is a tool. saying that you find character in her singing is like saying that you find character in micky mouse's acting. it might be there, but micky isn't the one creating it.

Posted by >>> | January 2, 2008 6:58 PM

It's challenging to engage in a serious conversation about Britney Spears. My friends are proud of their musical tastes and I frequently embarrass them, but there are limits. Over time, derivative acts such as Stone Temple Pilots and Everclear have gained a grudging hipster acceptance. Ten years from now, I predict, we'll think about Nickelback in an entirely different way.

huh? only a few times can one half paragraph negate every point you are trying to make, but it totally happened here.

Posted by cosby | January 3, 2008 9:55 AM

Re: the article, tl;dr.

Britney is little more than an entertainer. A half-assed dancer who wishes she could sing. If we're to take her seriously as such, she should try actually entertaining. Her trainwreck of a life is entertaining, but that's not part of her show. She's a hack singer who like most these days relies on a team of songwriters, producers, beat makers and a heavy, heavy dose of pro-tools' "auto tune."

Posted by Jeff | January 3, 2008 10:06 AM

I thought this article would have been an actual defense of Britney's music, instead it was another blasť indictment of her supposed vapidness. Blackout features collaborations with the greatest music producers of our time, and is certainly a timeless classic. I don't know who (or what) is behind her music career, but they're geniuses and should be commended on keeping popular music relevant in an era of indie crap.

Posted by dude | January 3, 2008 2:57 PM

God Damn. If this isn't vindication for everything I've ever thought and said about Britney, than I don't know what is.

She is what she is. Blackout is an awesome dance cd.

Woo Hoo.

Posted by Richard | January 3, 2008 4:02 PM

Not sure yet if the album justifies the praise, but this is some of the best writing I've read in quite a while. Delightful!

Posted by Stinky | January 3, 2008 11:30 PM

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