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In the Zone

2003, 13 tracks, 52 mins 10 sec

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Jun 14, 2019

Watching Britney Mature Into Adulthood In In The Zone

After dabbling with songs with overt sexual overtones in her previous album Britney, her fourth studio album In the Zone was quite refreshing to hear as Britney Spears decided to add more milieu to what she usually offers, coming up with probably her most exciting work since her debut album, Baby One More Time. Since that highly successful debut album in 1999 all the way to 2003, when she released In the Zone, Britney worked tirelessly through four studio albums, so her prodigious output in that very narrow time period would’ve made her music tired and redundant. However, I do not hear that in this album. By working with different producers, Britney was able to coax from them different textures of pop ranging from electropop to dancehall, from trip hop to hip hop. The album is an interesting listening pleasure because in that short time from Baby One More Time, I can hear the maturing of Britney, and in this album, she can already handle adult-themed songs about sex and desire and pleasing oneself without the self-consciousness that a teenager would often feel when singing about these songs. The album’s title was very apt for Britney at this point in her career. She was definitely In the Zone when recording this album. This was probably the most confident she ever was in terms of her vocal delivery and just her voice, sans all the electronic disfigurations it was going to undergo in some of her later albums.

Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity

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Album Info

"In the Zone"

Released

  • Jan 01, 2003

Genres

  • Dance-Pop
  • Pop
  • Teen Pop

Label

  • Jive

Producer

  • Bloodshy & Avant
  • Brian and Josh
  • Roy "Royalty" Hamilton
  • Jimmy Harry
  • Penelope Magnet
  • Moby
  • The Matrix
  • R. Kelly
  • Rishi Rich
  • Guy Sigsworth
  • Shep Soloman
  • Mark Taylor
  • Trixster

Studio

  • Battery Studios The DOJO(New York City, New York) The Chocolate Factory(Chicago, Illinois) Triangle Sound Studios(Atlanta, Georgia) 3:20 Studios Record Plant(Los Angeles, California) Pacifique Studios(North Hollywood, California) Westlake Recording Studios(West Hollywood, California) Decoy Studios(Studio City, California) Metrophonic Studios Olympic Studios(London, England) Murlyn Studios(Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Battery Studios
  • The DOJO(New York City, New York)
  • The Chocolate Factory(Chicago, Illinois)
  • Triangle Sound Studios(Atlanta, Georgia)
  • 3:20 Studios
  • Record Plant(Los Angeles, California)
  • Pacifique Studios(North Hollywood, California)
  • Westlake Recording Studios(West Hollywood, California)
  • Decoy Studios(Studio City, California)
  • Metrophonic Studios
  • Olympic Studios(London, England)
  • Murlyn Studios(Stockholm, Sweden)

About

In the Zone is the fourth studio album by American singer Britney Spears. It was released on November 12, 2003 through Jive Records. Its music incorporates dance, house, reggae, trip hop, and hip hop styles with instrumentation from guitars, drums, synthesizers, strings, and Middle Eastern musical instruments. Its themes range from love, dancing, empowerment, and in the case of songs such as "Touch of My Hand", sex and masturbation. Contributions to the album's production came from a wide range of producers, including Bloodshy & Avant, R. Kelly, Trixster, Moby, Guy Sigsworth and The Matrix.
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