Billboard luotaa syvälle Britneyn kuuluisuuden uumeniin ja tituleeraa Glory-albumia loistavaksi comebackiksi. Tämä onkin jo hänen viides sellaisensa, koska Blackoutista lähtien jokainen albumi on ollut “comeback”. Joka tapauksessa artikkeli on mielenkiitoinen.
Now, Spears appears ready to give us her all again. Glory represents something better than a return to form; it is, at long last, a step forward for the 34 year old. She’s using her voice in new ways — on “Make Me,” it actually sounds pretty, a word rarely used to describe her singing, even in her heyday. She has reclaimed her standout talent, a distinctive dance style that combines cheerleader precision with slinky bits of burlesque. (Please see: Her Billboard Music Awards performance this year.) She showcased her appealing goofy side by pranking Jimmy Kimmel on his show earlier this month. She will, presumably, sing live in an upcoming segment of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke,” giving naysayers a listen to her voice without studio help. She’s returning to the VMAs on Sunday. She’s even getting closer to total autonomy, according to a recent New York Times story: She could soon finally be released from her father’s conservatorship.
That’s all great news for Britney Spears the Human. But how does Britney Spears the Pop Star fit into the Beyoncé Era? She’s markedly apolitical. She doesn’t profess feminism like Taylor Swift, Lorde, or Miley Cyrus. She doesn’t even spout vaguely empowering messages like Katy Perry.
She’s something else. She’s a survivor in a way not even her grand forebear, Madonna, is. She was actually destroyed by the media machine and has come back again and again, and maybe even for good this time. We may not all love her music, but we all want her to triumph. And in 2016, who else unites us so?