Jive Recording artist Britney Spears is set to release her 4th album, In The Zone on November 18. The first single "Me Against The Music" features Madonna.
Britney Spears co-wrote 7 of the 13 songs on the album. Some of the producers/writers on the album include Moby ("Early Mornin'"), Bloodshy & Avant ("Showdown"), Guy Sigsworth ("Everytime") and R. Kelly ("Outrageous").
However coy she might be in her public statements, Britney Spears leans more than a bit toward the provocative on In the Zone
. Less concerned with aiming at the mainstream radio dial than in the first days of her career, she and her collaborators make this as street and club ready a record as possible. The opening duet with Madonna, "Me Against the Music," is worthy, but the bigger superstars presence serves almost less as a performance than a key to Britneys intentions: as Madonna did on albums such as Erotica
, Ray of Light
, and Music
, shes out to bend current trends to her needs. R. Kelly, Moby, and Ying Yang Twins all provide stirring moments that draw on everything from Bollywood to Southern hip-hop, while one of the most impressive tracks, "Touch of My Hand," joins the proud tradition of Cyndi Laupers "She Bop." She still lacks a fully formed artistic vision of her own, but Zone
, with its many get-free anthems, puts her much closer. --Rickey Wright