The Bottom Line
It's no surprise that this brilliant second single from Blackout comes courtesy of the Swedish production team Bloodshy & Avant. They were also responsible for "Toxic," Britney's last great single before Blackout. Here Britney Spears answers all of the critics directly, forcefully, and fearlessly. Critical journalists and paparazzi take cover.
- Down tempo electro drama grabs instant attention
- Brilliant vocal combination of sexy and angry
- Lyrics that leave no questions asked
- Few minuses here
- Kicks off with loud synth and sexy vocal sample
- Down tempo dance beat
- Direct, nearly spoken lyrics
Guide Review - Britney Spears - Piece of Me
Put down the tabloid and listen to Britney Spears on this second single from the album Blackout. She may indeed have serious serious personal problems, but this is quite simply a woman fighting back against what she perceives as injustice with fierce anger bubbling beneath the service of an extraordinarily sexy electro instrumental track. Rarely has a pop star so effectively answered critics. "Piece of Me" makes Michael Jackson's "Scream" sound like a whimper.
"Piece of Me" isn't the most obviously engaging track on the album when you listen the first time through. However, the atonal slabs of synth propelling the song forward ultimately will stick like glue in your head...as will the firmly articulated lyrics. "I'm Mrs. 'Oh my God that Britney's shameless.' You want a piece of me?" Ouch.
Even with ongoing media fixation on Britney Spears' parental and personal issues, it will be difficult for fans and critics alike to ignore this single. The string of phenomenal singles from "...Baby One More Time" to the most recent "Gimme More" continue to argue for serious consideration of Ms. Spears as one of the top mainstream pop artists of the past decade. Even under distress she delivers in the studio, and that is the mark of a professional.