PopJustice Review of Perfume
"Sometimes it feels like there's three of us in here baby."
Diana said that, or words to that effect, and look what happened to her (erm what). Good lyric though.
This is a song that Britney Spears wrote with ('with') Sia and given Sia's increasing ineptitude in the whole songwriting 'arena' we expect Britney did most of the work here. So well done Britney for:
1. The melody - it's a cracker.
2. The tempo - it's mid, but it's not boring.
3. The lyrics - they are quite touching if you've had a drink or two.
And also well done Britney for:
4. The singing, which is very much on the right side of competent.
As for the score, 'Work Bitch' seemed like a 9 on a couple of listens but swiftly fell to a still-respectable 7 due mainly to poor structure and pacing, but 'Perfume' feels like an 8 that could end up as a 9, wouldn't you say?
LOS ANGELES TIMES
In September, the teen-pop veteran sassed her way though "Work Bitch" with enough zombie-eyed determination to get Pop & Hiss mildly enthused about her comeback album "Britney Jean," due Dec. 3.
But with its chanted vocal hook and its unforgiving stadium-rave beat (produced in part by will.i.am), "Work Bitch" is very narrow-band Britney; it presents only a tiny part of the broad emotional spectrum reflected in Spears' best work, including her last comeback album, 2011's excellent "Femme Fatale."
You get much more of her in "Perfume," a new midtempo "Britney Jean" track that Spears released Sunday through her Facebook page -- where she told us, "This is like sharing a piece of my heart" -- and then put it on YouTube.
Co-written by Sia, it's about how Spears plans to mark her territory (which is to say her man) with a scent presumably drawn from her extensive line of celebrity fragrances.
"Sometimes it feels like there's three of us in here, baby," she sings over a gently percolating synth pattern, before admitting, "I wanna fill the room when she's in it with you."
Yet rather than putting across these words with a kind of campy menace, Spears goes unexpectedly soft; she's pleading, not commanding. And that returns the star to the appealingly complicated zone of such tough/not-tough classics as "Everytime" and "Piece of Me."
Listen to "Perfume" below -- and hope that there's more on "Britney Jean" where it came from.
It's Britney Jean, bitches. Britney Spears' most recent hits have presented her as a brand, a husky-voiced muse for sketchy Friday night hedonism, just about anything except an actual, warts-and-all human being — you sang along with 2011's mighty Mayan-apocalyptic "Till the World Ends," but you probably didn't wonder how the song's narrator was feeling in her personal life. Spears' December album Britney Jean is titled after the "term of endearment" the pop singer's family uses for her, but Azealia Banks-remixed first single "Work Bitch" was more of the hyper-campy Euroclub usual, all the luxury brand references of Lorde's "Royals"but none of the awareness that these are now to be mocked.
Newly shared "Perfume," happily, goes a long way closer to the album title's here's-the-real-Britney implications: Produced by Will.i.am and co-written by Spears and Sia, it's still the type of slickly crafted electro-pop that won't exactly reshape Top 40 radio, but it's also a power ballad of romantic longing. A jealous Spears conveys the type of emotional vulnerability we didn't get on songs like, um, "3" or "If You Seek Amy." Her perfume turns out to be her own endearingly imperfect way of trying to hold onto her man: "I'm gonna mark my territory," she sings. Britney Jean's territory, in one way, looks to be a lot like plain ol' Britney's: Hitsville.
We often hear the words “Britney Spears” and “Perfume” in the same sentence — the pop princess just released her 13th fragrance last month — but this time, we’re talking about her music: Spears posted her second Britney Jean single, “Perfume,” on her Facebook page Sunday.
Apologies to anyone expecting a scratch-and-sniff confection; “Perfume” is an angsty ballad in the vein of Spears’ “Everytime” or “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know.” She’s using her fragrance to mark her territory, hoping her scent lingers on her man so other ladies will keep their paws off.
Update: Apparently Dr.Luke did not confirm that Danja and Max Martin aren't on Britney Jean as originally thought.
Source 1: http://www.popjustice.com/songs/britney-spears-perfume/
Source 2: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-listen-britney-spears-new-song-perfume-20131105,0,4195753.story#axzz2jpW7Tfb2
Source 3: http://www.spin.com/articles/britney-spears-perfume-britney-jean-stream/
Source 4: http://music-mix.ew.com/2013/11/03/britney-spears-perfume-listen/
Source 5: https://twitter.com/HybridFan3/status/397671738047479809
Yasss at Brit getting that critical acclaim!