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Spears album is about the symbiotic relationship between exhibitionist and voyeur

38a0b-blackoutBritney Spears reflects on lessons she’s learned from a failed relationship and her desire to move on with her life in “Blackout,” but the album is also a hyper-sexual celebration of exhibitionism and voyeurism.

Only a few songs slightly reach beyond the desire-dominated tracks.

With “Piece of Me,” the McComb native ironically asks, “You want a piece of me,” a challenging question conjuring up images of schoolyard fights. But near the end, the phrase is more of a declaration.

“You want a piece of me” becomes a statement about the public’s obsession with Spears and how it wants to tear her apart, keeping pieces as souvenirs. It’s a defensive track in which she describes her place in pop culture as “Miss American Dream since she was 17.” She says she can’t see the harm in being a working mother, and argues that no matter what she does, she’s always going to be infamous.

“Why Should I be Sad” is about her failed marriage. She thinks back on her fall from grace, talks about the money she lavished on her ex, and says it’s time to move on.

Spears also moves on in “Toy Soldiers.” She’s learned from past relationships and is now looking for a man, not a boy. She’s a “new Britney,” who plans to seek what she deserves this time around.

The lyrics of “Heaven on Earth” read like a love poem, but the other songs are mostly about sex. “Gimme More” is an ironic dance track about sexual exhibitionism, feeding off the attention of an obsessed public. The song title – the typical words of a spoiled child who wants more candy, ice cream or Britney. The similar “Freakshow” is another dance track with the same theme.

With “Break the Ice,” Britney wants to melt away the reluctance of the man she desires. “Ooh Ooh Baby,” “Perfect Lover” and “Get Naked” live up to their titles. And “Radar” doesn’t have much depth. It’s just another song with a hook like “Hot as Ice.”

There’s not a lot to learn nor wisdom to gain from listening to Spears new pop album or reading her lyrics, but “Piece of Me” and “Gimme More” say as much about American culture as they do about Spears, whose life and “Blackout” should ironically teach the public a little something about its desire for sensationalism. Even the title makes you wonder what or who would hold the world’s attention if Britney just up and disappeared.

Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

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