The Bottom Line
This is not the best or most adventurous song from Britney Spears' album Femme Fatale, but where a breezy, summer pop tune is needed, it nicely fits the bill. Lyrically "I Wanna Go" represents Britney Spears wanting, like any human being, to let her hair down without being judged. The Chris Marrs Piliero directed music video is a brilliant complement to the sentiment of the song. Keeping with the overall quality of the Femme Fatale project, "I Wanna Go" is one of the outstanding single releases of the summer.
- Summery dance pop goodness
- Britney's statement of her humanity
- Irresistible melodies
- Lacks a clear knockout punch
- Written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Shellback
- Produced by Max Martin and Shellback
- Released June 2011 by Jive
Guide Review - Britney Spears - "I Wanna Go"
Pulsing synths, stutter mixed vocals, a whistle melody, and irresistible sing along chorus. It sounds like Britney Spears and Max Martin are continuing their working relationship of creating pure pop pleasure. "I Wanna Go" will not stand out as one of the top Britney Spears singles, but neither would you want to leave it out of an extended set of her work. In the lyrics, she firmly states that she is a human being with a need to embrace her wilder side on occasion. Musically, she wants to make us dance and sing along.
Don't miss the music video that accompanies "I Wanna Go." It brims with tongue in cheek humor beginning with a somewhat testy press conference handled with spot on sarcasm and then it moves into Britney Spears' battle with the ever present paparazzi. Among the clever pop culture references is a surprise straight out of Michael Jackson's classic "Thriller" video.
The Femme Fatale project is Britney Spears firing on all cylinders artistically. She also sounds the most relaxed she has been in her career. "I Wanna Go" is catchy and fun with a somewhat serious message. However, it avoids any sense of bogging down in lecture mode. Put "I Wanna Go" on your summer fun playlist. That is what Britney Spears is looking for here - fun.