The Problem With... Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me"


After a quiet 2010 consisting of an appearance in a Glee episode dedicated to her, Britney Spears is wasting no time getting back in the spotlight in 2011. And her first release/leak of this year is a jambalaya of dated electronic sounds hidden behind a chipmunk/Cajun Britney Spears.

The song's called "Hold It Against Me." And, yes, we plan on holding it against Britney.

The track includes trance beats and a "grimey" bass line, followed by a subdued trance chorus. It even manages to get some buzz-step in the breakdown.

Lyrically, the track follows a demure-seduction trope that Britney has done before.

For its timeliness,  it's a female equivalent of Enrique's "Tonight, I'm Fucking You." And I'd be surprised if anyone still falls for this tactic after these two tracks.

It might just be me, but as Spears gets older and attempts to assert herself, her native Louisiana accent seems to be getting more pronounced. Her words sound more contracted, and the "-y" sound has a more "-eh" quality to it, like the "gimmeh" in "Gimme More." These days, I kind of imagine Britney walking around with a huge diamond-lined New Orleans Saints symbol around her neck and throwing gator kabobs at bystanders. She oughta ice the cake by making a cameo in Treme.

Anyway, the accent's the only way I can get behind her pronunciation of "hazy."

Ever since her 2007 album, Blackout, Britney's stayed relevant by appropriating the sounds of the day. On this point, she's out-playing Madonna. It's not much of an accomplishment, though -- most of Britney's output since 2007 has been hit-or-miss. I'd say this track is a Britney version of Madonna's "Ray of Light." In other words, it's a miss.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I hear Chris Crocker screaming from a few hundred miles away.
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Guest
Guest

What's wrong with it is the blatant Bellamy Brothers theivery

Citsme
Citsme

First of all, the track is definitely not a miss. It will more than likely be held as one of her best with the likes of Baby One More Time, Oops...I Did It Again, & Toxic. Secondly, her pronunciations of words within her songs as always been something uniquely Britney; it's nothing new. Just listen to her pronounce "baby" in Baby One More Time.

Darien
Darien

First of all its DUBstep not BuzzStep WTF is BuzzStep! So before you critique anyone get your musical genres right! Oh wait you can't because all you've ever heard of is stanky ass country music

Julio87cesarin
Julio87cesarin

You sound jealouse of britney. or maybe you dont like the fact that she can still produce world wide #1 hits after her breakdown. People love her and shes on top. You trying to get attention by writing a negative piece on the queen. Enjoy your fifteen minutes of fame :p

Fuckoffyou
Fuckoffyou

glad to see the mainstream well represented in our local ALTERNATIVE weekly... more reason this rag will be obsolete shortly.

Rosemarymclaughlin61
Rosemarymclaughlin61

It's no 1 in 17 countries after day one of release ...no video nor any live appearances and it has smashed records worldwide! And that's a miss...yeah right! .Haha

Jorulez2002
Jorulez2002

You really need to pick a different profession cuz your opinion seems all fucked up! Somebody fire this asshole or shut this shyt down! Do us all a favor!

Mvdnickk
Mvdnickk

A miss? That's kinda funny seeing she is dominating the charts right now. That would be a clear indication that you are wrong.

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