• Record Label: BMG/Jive
  • Release Date: Nov 6, 2001
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Blender
    60
    It's hard to listen to the rest of Britney without imagining what the album would have sounded like had [the Neptunes] produced the whole thing. [#4, p.121]
  2. 40
    Too much of Britney is dictated by Max Martin's teen-pop formula.
  3. While she's been guilty of gluing sure-fire singles together with rotten fillers on her previous two albums, Britney uses this opportunity to take the odd risk and adds a welcome edge to her sound.
  4. Most of the good parts of the Britney that originally hit us, baby, one more time (then oops!...did it again) drown in breathy vocals and multiproduced, tweaked-to-perfection studio gimmickry.
  5. Other than the absence of ellipses in the title, ''Britney'' finds pop's poster girl for virginal vamping in an awkward adolescence, wavering between playing it safe and busting a few tentative new moves.
  6. Many of the tunes are good for a romp around the kitchen (or the dance floor, if you prefer) but the girl is right when she says she is yet to come into her own both as a woman and a recording artist.
  7. Q Magazine
    60
    While her normal source of junior raunch [Max Martin] churns out the usual fesity hits... the remaining chastity-endorsing mush is nowhere near as exciting. [Dec 2001, p.131]
  8. Britney is by far her most personable album, the most consistently playful and the least wince-inducing.
  9. Spin
    50
    Amazingly enough, she does sound almost human. [Jan 2002, p.108]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 369 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 369
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    8
    Definitely not Britney's best album: as she says, she was not a girl, not yet a woman. She was still finding her style, en fact you can hear aDefinitely not Britney's best album: as she says, she was not a girl, not yet a woman. She was still finding her style, en fact you can hear a more grown Britney in the lead single as well as the same sweet Britney of the previous two albums in "That's Where You Take Me". Full Review »
  2. SairoS
    Oct 25, 2005
    10
    One of the best albums I've ever heard1 Too bad they made a terrible choice about the singles...
  3. Sep 3, 2016
    10
    I seriously do not understand why this album is so underrated. I agree that it's not britney's best work, but at the same time this albumI seriously do not understand why this album is so underrated. I agree that it's not britney's best work, but at the same time this album accomplishes so many anthems, such as I'm A Slave 4 U, Overprotected and Lonely. And it's a mark for her career, because it really separates the Britney from her past two albums, from the Britney of the albums to come. Full Review »