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Britney Spears - My Perogative (Greatest Hits)


Review: Jack Foley

IT HAS always struck me that Britney Spears is constantly striving to be something more than she is.

Likened repeatedly to Madonna, with whom she duets on this album, Britney became a sex symbol before her time, and has even begun doing cover versions.

It also seems a little bit strange to be kicking off a greatest hits long-player with a cover version, yet that's what she does with My Perogative - the opener and title track of her latest long-player.

But then I suppose it's in keeping with her career so far.

The greatest hits offers everything you would expect from the artist and nothing more (unless you buy the limited edition double-disc, which boasts some interesting remixes from the likes of Armand Van Helden, Junkie XL and Jacques Lu Cont).

The one thing I would say about Britney, however, is that she is nothing if not provocative.

Only Madonna rivals her in terms of press coverage, yet in terms of quality, the two pop singers couldn't be further apart.

Britney's material panders to the younger market, is less adventurous and, perhaps more worryingly, even panders to the lecherous among you.

Who can forget her breakthrough single, Baby One More Time, with her jaw-dropping schoolgirl video, or the raunch she deliberately injects into singles such as I'm A Slave 4 U or Outrageous.

Those latter two tracks probably mark the artist at her best, especially the Neptunes-produced Slave 4 U - but they're nothing to write home about.

Elsewhere, her disappointing duet with Madonna, Me Against The Music, failed to do either of the singers justice, while material such as the bland I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman simply bring back unwanted memories of her ill-advised film role in Crossroads.

Fans will undoubtedly flock to it, but you can't help feeling that this greatest hits compilation has come a little too soon for this particular artist.

Track listing:
1. My Perogative
2. Toxic
3. I'm A Slave 4 U
4. Oops! I Did It Again
5. Me Against The Music-Feat Madonna
6. Stronger
7. Everytime
8. Baby One More Time
9. (You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop! Remix)
10. Boys
11. Sometimes
12. Overprotected (The Darkchild Remix)
13. Lucky
14. Outrageous
15. Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know
16. Born To Make You Happy
17. I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll
18. I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman
19. I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)
20. Do Somethin'

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