You want to release a good album? You better work harder, chick.
A lot harder.
Britney Spears' latest release, "Britney Jean," is a total letdown. It's not that we expect Adele-style songs from Spears — or even Rihanna-like ones — but Spears was once a pop powerhouse who made music considered a must-listen, from "Toxic" to "I'm a Slave 4 U." Listening to this album makes you nostalgic for those days — nothing on "Britney Jean" would be contenders for any future greatest-hits package.
The 10-track set lacks so many things: oomph, swag, sex appeal, as well as addictive, memorable hooks. It's almost as if Spears isn't even present. Tracks like "It Should Be Easy" and "Till It's Gone" are techno misses — and messes — even though David Guetta helmed both songs. The light ballad and second single, "Perfume," is laughable, with Spears warbling: "And while I wait, I put on my perfume, yeah I want it all over you, I'm gonna mark my territory." It sounds more like a commercial than an actual song (it should be noted that Spears has released a dozen perfumes, including two this year).