Does this song remind you of the Blackout days? Yeah. But I'm utterly confused, speechless and feeling rather figurative about this song. It's a rather 'on the fence' thing, but with more jagged edges down both aisle.
Audio for Work Bitch.
So Work Bitch (apparently for censored versions, it's B**ch), is Britney Spears' new single for her forthcoming 8th studio album. And with this tussle and fuss over the pop crown on Billboard, it seems Katy Perry and soon to be crowned Miley Cyrus, will take helm. Over the past few months, pop majors such as Lady Gaga and Britney herself have just thrown in their new singles and prepared for an ultimatum. This time, it's vying a spot against Perry's Roar, Cyrus' Wrecking Ball and Gaga's Applause on the indisputable and hardened Hot 100. The thing is; is the wait worth it? Leaked a day before it's scheduled release, this song might justify some of the things we've come to love of Britney. But is justice enough?
I had hopes of a good single from Britney ever since Hold It Against Me (I didn't fancy that single, nope), but I thought Till' The World Ends was pretty engaging and dancey. So here I am, never thought that a full-on EDM track would simplify so much of Britney's lifestyle into just a few pretty accurate words: 'You better work bitch!'. The song itself starts off with what seems to be robotic drums that just hooks you in, before a slight tease of the synthesizers starts swooning in. The lyrics go: 'You want a hot body?; You want a Bugatti?; You want a Maserati? You better work bitch!'. While I approve that it's mostly just a workout song, I would never have relished the chance of Britney talking more than singing, even though she does a little of it as soon as the bass drops first just 45 seconds in. You can hear it, but I expected more. Am I wrong to expect a classy, salivated chorus that would sweep audiences away, that featured daring verses and a banging hook? I got none of that. While the song does tire itself out, it doesn't seem to be the best Britney offering I've heard in a long time. Let's talk about the song's positive points.
The song garners enough energy to make you sweat and just workout almost instantly. It's pro-active and really hip, so that you can really groove with the song and get swathed in by EDM madness that makes you outrun yourself higher and faster. Even the lyrics tells you to, that if you want something of a Maserati, it's best to work! While I am not generally liking Britney's talk-over verses, she does pull of some British accents pretty well, especially on the second verse. And she also has a reference to her previous song that made her famous with the tagline, 'It's Britney bitch!', and she once again pulls it off this time, saying/singing: 'I am the bad bitch; The bitch that you're loving up'. The song also breaks down for the bridge, something that pulls you out from the beat. It's catchy and seems very easily digestible compared to the first two and a half minutes. The bridge also contains some of the best lines and it's motivational somewhat if you really listen and chuck the vibe forward. It will take some time from here till' you reach the restart point of the beat, and from there on it's back to work.
So while you leave the positives at that, the song moreover doesn't connect. The lyrics don't, and the beat, while sustainable and energetic, gets numb and ridiculously overpowered to the point that not only is it sick, but it's annoying. I've not exactly reached that peak but the curve seems to be dithering that way. While I praise Britney's usage of EDM on a pop track and you take it as a single, I really wonder what's the tone of the new album going to be. EDM-heavy? Or is it going to be just ballads like her past hits or, even just layered heavy music would be amazingly fine. At this stage, you don't necessarily have to comply with me, but the song to me is just on the fence and at times amazing, but at times just downright overplaying will cause aftereffects.
Originality: 8/10 - Smart and bold move by Britney. While this song is going to be splashing in the markets with her brand, it's going to cover up charts across the world.
Sound: 7/10 - I'm a little swayed by this as said above, so 7 is being as accurate as I can.
Lyrics: 7/10 - It seems dumbed down, but I'm not disagreeing with the fact that we're just as lazy. So better get up and start working, she says. Well, that's if you want a Maserati.
Overall: 22/30 - The song is repetitive at times and simply just feels like a wreckage. Lyrically, it's not really promising and the song overall, except for the bridge, is seasonal. I get it that it's a new age and new gears are moving up, but overall this song is just averagely okay. For a pop artist to go insanely hard on an EDM track that tells you to work it out, I just am quite speechless. However, that's the best shot I can give you, while still adding it to my playlist. Because I too need to work out. Someday.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.