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  • Summary: Britney tries for another comeback with her sixth album, which features 'Womanizer,' her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single since '...Baby One More Time.'

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Womanizer
Superstar Where you from? How's it going? I know you, got a clue what you're doing You can play brand new to all the other chicks out here But I know... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Circus is a top-rate pop album that, with a little bit of justice, will be afforded the same sort of longevity as her brilliant early singles.
  2. Halfway through, Circus shifts from defiant booty calls to subtler material; suddenly, it's a first-rate electro-pop album.
  3. The clubby, adventurous pop on her sixth album--her first since getting committed and losing custody of her kids--would have made a fine follow-up to 2003's In the Zone.
  4. 60
    Trying to express her actual feelings, instead of inhabiting a fantasy, she leaves us looking for an authenticity and vulnerability that isn’t in her skill set.
  5. If she feels marginally more connected here than she did on "Blackout," it's a Pyrrhic victory, as Circus never feels as sleek or addictive as its predecessor.
  6. "Blackout" seemed like it signaled a more club-orientated path for Spears, like Madonna or Kylie Minogue, but Circus is a hodgepodge of pop themes that never really finds a face.
  7. Circus is a saddening step back to her glossy yet unengaging "In the Zone" era, which is a shame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 127
  1. JamesB.
    Jan 5, 2009
    10
    I love it. Amazing!
  2. JuanF.
    Jan 4, 2009
    10
    Easy, breezy, fun, pure pop.
  3. Jacky
    Dec 2, 2008
    10
    She is back?and the album is amazing.
  4. Jan 25, 2016
    10
    Circus is by far the best Britney Spears album there is to date. You have hit songs like womanizer, circus, kill the lights and radar.Circus is by far the best Britney Spears album there is to date. You have hit songs like womanizer, circus, kill the lights and radar. Britney's other songs are great too. 10/10 Expand
  5. GlendaT.
    Dec 5, 2008
    9
    I love it!!!!
  6. DaleO
    Apr 25, 2009
    8
    This was a solid effort by Britney and her team, and the album does hold together very well. The album is full of catchy anthems which are This was a solid effort by Britney and her team, and the album does hold together very well. The album is full of catchy anthems which are guaranteed hits no doubt, but the album does have one or two tracks that seem to drag on a bit. A problem that wasn't seen on her sleek & sexy predecessor Blackout. Expand
  7. None
    Dec 6, 2008
    0
    Utter Crap.

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