Magazine article Newsweek

Move over, Sandra Dee: Reigning Teen Queen Britney Spears Heads into Her Sophomore Year, Offering a Little More Sass in Class

Magazine article Newsweek

Move over, Sandra Dee: Reigning Teen Queen Britney Spears Heads into Her Sophomore Year, Offering a Little More Sass in Class

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I'm not that innocent," claims Britney Spears on the title track of her sophomore album and follow-up to last year's omnipresent "... Baby One More Time." The 18-year-old queen of bubble-gum pop could be commenting on the toll fame has taken on her young soul, or even the perils of coming of age, but it's more likely that the writers on the Britney Team (like the many workers that gave rise to the great and powerful Oz) turned to market research and decided each word was precisely what grade-school girls--the sparkly-nail-polish buyers of the world--wanted to hear.

In the fashion of her 12-times platinum debut, "Oops!... I Did It Again" is a slick creation that has nothing to do with the girl behind the music. Not a beat here is left to chance: no one line can be interpreted as "telling" or any particular intonation as revealing. It's all in fun, at least for the listener who doesn't have to sing of prepubescent crushes while on the verge of turning 20.

The new, improved Britney is a little sexier than the one we just got to know. She still holds tight to the cotton-candy image, but now cranks ups the vixen appeal, trading her Catholic-girl's-school skirts for tight leather pants. The former Mouseketeer sings the saucy "What U See (Is What U Get)" with a knowing hiss, then turns cuddly soft for the blushing "One Kiss From You." She teases a boy in "Stronger," seductively claiming "I'm not your property," then turns into a weepy wallflower for "Can't Make You Love Me."

With her nasal warble, Spears never really sings like cutesy peer Christina Aguilera, but she makes up for her lack of range with plenty of throaty moans and layers of backing vocals. Her voice is not the problem--after all, lots of pop vocalists can't sing these days. Instead, it's the songs, or lack thereof, that turn out to be the pin in the balloon. There isn't a truly catchy tune here, which is sort of the whole point of a Britney album. …

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