Oct 07

Let’s play…guess the record!

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This album came out at a troubled time for its superstar singer. The singer had hit international fame with a provocative, ambiguously sexual image, and had then gone on to work with some of the hottest names in black music – though many critics derided the results as plastic and fake. But they were dogged by rumours of drug addiction and bisexual decadence – a lifestyle apparently spiralling out of control, despite the responsibility of a young family. Their recent public appearances ranged from worrying to bizarre – the singer looked ill and distanced, and one performance in particular had raised the press to fury leading to mutterings of “career suicide”. To make matters worse, this new record relies on slick, hyper-modern pop making heavy use of electronics and treated vocals – in fact on several tracks the singer seems hardly to be present, off at the margins of the music. Its fashionable production team, on the other hand, has a huge impact on the album’s sound and must surely take a great deal of the credit for the success of the record.

I am – of course – talking about Low by David Bowie. But Britney Spears’ Blackout is out next week and that’s a really good record too!


  1. 1
    stevem on 28 Oct 2007 #

    Britney should cover ‘Breaking Glass’ stat

  2. 2
    DV on 28 Oct 2007 #

    one performance in particular had raised the press to fury leading to mutterings of “career suicide”

    what performance is this, granddad?

  3. 3
    CarsmileSteve on 28 Oct 2007 #

    i assume the “waving to a friend” from the staff car incident?

  4. 4
    Marcello Carlin on 29 Oct 2007 #

    Not the Duets album by Frank Sinatra then.

  5. 5
    Tom on 29 Oct 2007 #

    Yes the N4z1 salute one.

  6. 6
    Marcello Carlin on 29 Oct 2007 #

    Look at BritNey SPears’ name! WHAT IS THE SINISTER SUBTEXT?

  7. 8
    Marcello Carlin on 29 Oct 2007 #

    I cannot think of Banksy without visualising Sid James as “Banky” in Joe Macbeth and his daring word-by-word accent variation.

  8. 9
    Lena on 29 Oct 2007 #

    Ah, but this one won’t get a 33 1/3 book about it.

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    Marcello Carlin on 29 Oct 2007 #

    I wrote one last night anyway, just in case the publishers have a change of heart … ;-)

    (if only she had collaborated with Motley Crue it would already be on next spring’s schedule)

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    Tommy Mack on 29 Oct 2007 #

    Don’t you think Britney is more like Iggy than Bowie though?

    Never liked Low that much, prefer “Heroes”.

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    Marcello Carlin on 29 Oct 2007 #

    I don’t recall Britney offering any hilarious anecdotes about visiting the local Pakistani-run grocery store.

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