[NEW RELEASES] BRITNEY SPEARS
The 10-track set lacks so many things: oomph, swag, sexy appeal, as well as addictive, memorable hooks. It’s almost like Spears isn’t even present. Tracks like “It Should Be Easy” and “Till It’s Gone” are techno misses and messes, even though David Guetta helmed both songs. The light ballad and second single, “Perfume,” is laughable, with Spears warbling: “And while I wait, I put on my perfume, yeah I want it all over you, I’m gonna mark my territory.” The album follows in the robotic fashion of 2011’s “Femme Fatale,” though that set had more flavor and standout tracks. Aside from the sexually charged, T.I.-assisted “Tik Tik Boom” and the lead single, “Work B----,” Spears isn’t putting in any real work.