Glory

2016, 12 tracks, 42 mins 48 sec

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May 10, 2019

Glorious & Triumphant

I love Britney Spears and I will not lie. She has been the pop icon of my generation - the good, the bad and the bald. The world loves a comeback story and Britney is the epitome of that. America’s sweetheart that stumbled from grace who rises back to…Glory -- Now while I love her and this album, I’m not blinded by the flaws. The singles released from Glory, and many of her past albums, have often been some of the weakest tracks on the album. Britney’s collaboration with G-Eazy on “Make Me…” is a fine track. It’s enjoyable, playful but it’s also forgettable. It’s not the type of song that you’re going to sing along with like “Womanizer” or “Hit Me Baby (One More Time).” Then there was “Slumber Party” with Tinashe. Again - the song has a lounge-y vibe. It is much more background ambiance music than a ramped up single. When Britney began releasing albums, her record company kept to a very predictable formula: 1st Single: Dance track, 2nd single: Ballad, 3rd Single: Dance track. For her album Circus - her singles in order were “Womanizer” then “Circus” then “If You Seek Amy.” Perfection. In more recent years they have strayed from this winning equation. So, for this reason, I feel like the album didn’t get the attention or success that it deserved. And while Rolling Stone rated it the 5th Best Album of 2016…but it had much more commercial potential -- One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed Glory so much is because this album has something for everyone. For pillow talk, you have “Slumber Party,” “Love Me Down” and “Just Luv Me.” Feeling a bit silly? “Clumsy” will have you tapping your foot and dancing at all hours. Need to get yourself to a church? “What You Need” will give you the deep south gospel and “Invitation” has a spiritual and sensual vibe. Planning a trip? “Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)” will give you some Spanish flair while “Coupure Électique” will keep you dancing at an underground Paris electronica bar until 3am. Boy Problems? Que up “Just Like Me” and “Liar.” Having all of these different styles, genres, and even languages adds to the album without distracting too much. You don’t listen to any of the songs are thing - what the heck was that about? They meld well together to give a unified sound and voice to the album -- Another reason this disc should be on your radar is that Britney’s vocals shine. Unlike past albums that have relied heavily on digitization, you can actually hear Britney here…strong, vulnerable and everything in between. Critics praised the engineering of her vocals because it is much more natural and for this album, that translates to personal and endearing -- Last reason I enjoy this album is that it’s a testament to Britney’s comeback. For me, Glory is Britney’s way of stating that perhaps she has returned to her former glory after her very public meltdown. Perhaps it’s a statement on her wellbeing and that she feels glorious. Regardless, from the cover art to the music, there is definitely something uplifting to the disc -- Sadly, we can usually expect a new Britney album only every 2-3 years. Luckily, this one gave us enough to really sink our teeth into. On the plus side, we are due for a new album maybe later this year or in 2020. What I hope from new material: danceable beats, sassiness, and the sweet innocence that Britney has long played off of. Finally, if Britney is going to do collaborations, I think she should stick with bigger names. Remember Madonna and Nicki Minaj? I would take them any day over Tinashe or G-Eazy. When it comes to single selection, why not get with the times do a poll on Instagram to vote for which single to release? This is an area where I feel like Britney could really get a bit of help from her fan base.

Written by @spoiledsplendid

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Album Info

"Glory"

Released

  • Aug 26, 2016

Genres

  • Dance-Pop
  • Pop
  • Teen Pop

Label

  • RCA

Producer

  • Karen Kwak (exec.)
  • Jon Asher
  • BloodPop
  • Dan Book
  • Burns
  • Cashmere Cat
  • DJ Mustard
  • Jason Evigan
  • Oak Felder
  • Andrew Goldstein
  • Oscar Görres
  • J Gramm
  • Ian Kirkpatrick
  • Mattman & Robin
  • Mischke
  • Nick Monson
  • Alex Nice
  • Robopop
  • Lance Eric Shipp
  • Pat Thrall
  • Twice as Nice
  • Tramaine "Young Fyre" Winfrey

Studio

  • The Robo Dojo(New York City, New York) Studio at the Palms(Las Vegas, Nevada) Chalice Recording Studios Conway Recording Studios(Los Angeles, California) Kasai Studios The Lion's Den(West Hollywood, California) Zenseven Studios(Woodland Hills, California) House of Blues Studio(Encino, California) Sing Sing Recording Studios(Melbourne, Australia) Wolf Cousins Studios(Stockholm, Sweden)
  • The Robo Dojo(New York City, New York)
  • Studio at the Palms(Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Chalice Recording Studios
  • Conway Recording Studios(Los Angeles, California)
  • Kasai Studios
  • The Lion's Den(West Hollywood, California)
  • Zenseven Studios(Woodland Hills, California)
  • House of Blues Studio(Encino, California)
  • Sing Sing Recording Studios(Melbourne, Australia)
  • Wolf Cousins Studios(Stockholm, Sweden)

About

Glory is the ninth studio album by American singer Britney Spears. It was released on August 26, 2016, through RCA Records. After renewing her contract with RCA, Spears began work on the album in 2014. Lacking a deadline for completion, she continued work into 2015 and 2016, which—according to Spears—provided her the opportunity to create one of her favorite albums in her catalogue.
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