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Thursday, October 16, 2008

…And Britney For All

posted by on October 16 at 13:45 PM

Britney Spears - 'Womanizer'

Holidaying layabout Paul Constant might write it off for pure linguistics, but leave it to the, hmm, professionals.

Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” is fantastic.

If you go ahead and ignore everything you personally know about The Celebrity Britney, which is almost impossible, it’s everything last comeback single “Gimme More” wasn’t: delirious, vibrant, beyond confident, and poisonously addictive.

It starts off a bit like “Happy Together” by The Turtles if it had sparklers — faux drum-pads! air-raid squeals! — and then leaps into the two scorching stutter-choruses as if it were a breathless drag-queen-club re-enactment of the this-whole-trial-is-out-of-order speech from the 1979 Al Pacino film ‘…And Justice For All.’

Womanizer, woman-womanizer, you’re a womanizer,
Oh womanizer, oh you’re a womanizer, baby
You you you are, you you you are
Womanizer, womanizer, womanizer (womanizer)

And that follow-up “are-are-are” flair?

A vocal hook gold-star.

Last year’s Blackout was dark and odd with wonderfully confusing moments like the dubstep-steeped “Freakshow,” but this is more promising than it has any right to be and a welcome shattering of general consensus baggage. The opposite of a canary in a pop coal-mine.

It’s also the best video of the year that includes:

1.] Tongue-knotting a cherry stem like Audrey Horne in ‘Twin Peaks.’

2.] Steering a car with the top of your foot.

3.] Breakfast.

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You are so right. This song is insanely catchy and video is tight. I can't believe I'm excited for a new Britney Spears album. We need more indie bands to be as musically daring AND catchy as this.

Posted by drumbo | October 16, 2008 2:13 PM

I haven't been a big fan until now..this song is addictive!

Posted by Triple X | October 16, 2008 5:49 PM

You forgot to mention she's going for the chain smokers voice on the verses. Gross.

Posted by come on | October 17, 2008 8:05 AM

Yeah, I actually liked that. High school me would be shocked and appalled.

Is it just me, or does she sound exactly like MIA in the "wo-man wo-man-i-zah" bits?

Posted by tabletop_joe | October 17, 2008 3:28 PM

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