Almost three years after its release Britney Spears’ controversial album Blackout is still making headlines, and this time it’s for all the right reasons. In a new article published by Rolling Stone to compare Britney’s unfinished demo of “Telephone” to the Lady GaGa and Beyonce hit, the pop culture bible refer to Blackout as “the most influential pop album of the past five years”, before comparing Britney’s heavy use of auto-tune to Bob Dylan and his harmonica (no, I did not make that last part up).
“Telephone” actually sounds a lot like Britney’s 2007 hit “Piece of Me,” proving yet again how much impact Britney has had on the sonics of current pop. People love to make fun of Britney, and why not, but if “Telephone” proves anything, it’s that Blackout may be the most influential pop album of the past five years.
Britney uses Auto-Tune the way Bob Dylan used his harmonica — for punctuation, for atmosphere, for an alienatingly weird sound effect. It’s a blast of vocal distortion, harsh on the surface, but expressive, capable of sounding wildly funny or abrasively pissed-off or seductive. In “Telephone,” as in “Piece of Me,” the Auto-Tune does for her voice what the harmonica does for Dylan’s in “It Ain’t Me, Babe” — a way of telling the world to keep its hands off you. [Read Full Article Here]
Blackout is the lowest selling studio album of Britney’s career (with just over 3 million copies sold), and was initially met with a mixed reaction from critics who were put off by the stars explosive personal life, but it’s since gone on to receive a huge critical following and become a favorite of Spears fans and non-fans alike.
After its release indie bible Pitchfork went out of their way to pen a huge article praising Spears and the musical innovation of the album, and The Times ranked it the 5th best pop album of the decade. It was also voted the 7th-best album of the decade on Rolling Stones “The Decade-End Readers’ Poll”, and the 3rd Best Album of the decade on the Billboard “Readers Poll”.
For an artist who’s so often overlooked (and downright snubbed) by critics, radio and the industry at large, it’s good to see that the brilliant Blackout is still garnering attention and praise years after its release. [I'm so hooked on it, hooked on it]