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Britney Spears, ‘Work Bitch’ – Song Review

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Britney Spears‘ single ‘Work Bitch’ leaked a day ahead of its planned release. The verdict is in — it’s Britney, b—h. It’s a club banger, too. If you want a mansion or a Maserati or any of the luxuries in life, you better put your nose to the grindstone and work, b—h.

Any feminists that were offended by Beyonce‘s liberal use of the term for female dog in ‘Bow Down’ will drop their jaws once they hear ‘Work Bitch.’ Brit tosses the word around left and right, up and down.

‘Work Bitch’ is the antithesis of her previous single, ‘Ooh La La,’ which lived on the ‘Smurfs 2′ soundtrack. Whereas that track was sugary, soft and sweet, and something she did for her sons, this one harks back to her red latex catsuit-wearing days.

Sonically, ‘Work Bitch’ is Brit Brit’s take on EDM. A jarring and hard house beat is threaded through the whole song. Brit’s vocals are not abundantly forward in the mix, and she has traded her breathy, baby voice for some heavy processing. The result is a robotic, droney vocal. But when she orders “Now get to work bitch,” you will feel compelled to fall in line.

The faux British accent that she employed in ‘Scream & Shout,’ her duet with will.i.am, can be heard on ‘Work Bitch,’ when she dares you to call the police and the governor.

During the bridge, when Brit barks “Work it out” over and over, she sounds a little strident, but the rigidity of the beat requires this kind of vocal. Her diction on the word “work” is a little strange but overall, Brit gets extra points for keeping us on our toes and doing something we did not expect. She followed up a fluffy single with a ferocious one. Rawr!

At this point, we can safely and confidently say she is like Madonna — a pop diva who throws us for loops and stays ahead of the trends instead of following them.

This is not EDM-lite, as many pop tarts have attempted. It’s urgent and intense, and finds Brit reinventing herself. ‘Work Bitch’ will have you dancing on the floor until you’ve sweated off several pounds.

Work has never sound this much like play.

Next: See Britney Spears' Best Singles

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