Troubled pop star Britney Spears has just released Blackout, her first studio album in four years.
Eighteen-year-old Laura Herbert, who has been listening to Spears since she had her first number one with ...Baby One More Time in 1998, reviews the album.
Blackout is Spears' first studio album since 2003's In the Zone
Blackout features Britney's latest single Gimme More, which brought her large amounts of negative press attention following her disastrous performance of the song at the MTV awards last month.
I'm not a huge fan of the repetitiveness of the song. So when I began listening to the album on which it features, my initial reaction was "Gimme Less".
I feel it was probably not the best album track to release as part of Britney's much-hyped comeback.
But my feeling soon changed after listening to Piece Of Me - without doubt the best track on the whole album.
Lyrics including "I'm Miss American dream since I was 17" and "Another day another drama/ Guess I can't see no harm in working and being a mama," followed by a catchy chorus, see Spears fighting back. It's a masterpiece.
Spear's MTV performance of Gimme More was widely panned
On first listen I found the songs sounded much the same with little variation. Many of them - Radar and Toy Soldier, for example - are repetitive and over-produced.
All in all, it's a far cry from the innocent pop princess I remember from my early teens.
Britney shot to fame with the ...Baby One More Time and I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman - both classic examples of the pure pop music she created.
I know avid Britney fans will find few faults with the album, but I have to say that I am not over-struck with it as a whole.