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  • Summary: The Pepsi spokesperson's fourth LP includes guest vocals from Madonna (on lead single "Me Against The Music") and production work from Moby, R. Kelly, the Matrix, and Guy Sigsworth (but no Max Martin).

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Toxic
Baby, can't you see I'm calling? A guy like you should wear a warning It's dangerous, I'm falling There's no escape, I can't wait I need a hit, baby,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. She finally delivers an album that's more fun than filler.
  2. Unlike previous Britney albums, In the Zone has no filler and no shoddy cover versions, just 57 varieties of blue-chip hit-factory pop.
  3. Vibe
    70
    A supremely confident dance record that also illustrates Spears's development as a songwriter. [Jan 2004, p.126]
  4. Despite inventive touches like zigzagging strings and humping-android hooks, too many tracks... are little more than wobbly, rhythm-based contraptions intended to advance Spears' sex-princess-on-the-loose image.
  5. Spin
    67
    A hectic sonic pileup. [Dec 2003, p.130]
  6. The harder Spears tries to be Madonna or Janet Jackson, the less convincing she is.
  7. Quite the most lifeless and unloved record to be released by an artist of Spears' global stature.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 204
  1. May 24, 2011
    10
    Sexy, soothing and inspired. The first album Britney delivered that was a great pop album. It sounded current and modern.. It still does - 8Sexy, soothing and inspired. The first album Britney delivered that was a great pop album. It sounded current and modern.. It still does - 8 years later. Expand
  2. SammyM
    Mar 22, 2007
    10
    Just Wow!
  3. AndrewF.
    Nov 18, 2003
    10
    I think that this album sounds very different and catchy. Britney spent more time on this album and it shows.
  4. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    In The Zone un álbum perfecto. Trayendo nuevos ritmos para la princesa del pop, contando con nada más y nada menos que con la reina del popIn The Zone un álbum perfecto. Trayendo nuevos ritmos para la princesa del pop, contando con nada más y nada menos que con la reina del pop Madonna, con ritmos urbanos, baladas que te llagan al corazón como Everytime o Shadow, el iconico himno Toxic, una obra maestra en toda su expresión, donde Britney demostró sus dotes como escritora. Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2017
    8
    Britney retorna mais madura e envolvida no seu trabalho como nunca, fazendo um dos CDs mais incríveis da música pop. Trazendo músicas queBritney retorna mais madura e envolvida no seu trabalho como nunca, fazendo um dos CDs mais incríveis da música pop. Trazendo músicas que entraram pra história como "Toxic" e "Everytime", além da super parceria com Madonna. Expand
  6. JosephA
    Nov 19, 2003
    7
    Pretty damn good. The production is wonderful, the songs are fun and melodic, and Britney sounds sexy as hell. What more could you want from her?
  7. JohnnyB
    Nov 17, 2003
    0
    Oh my goodness, this album is pure crap. It's as if Ms. Spears keeps getting worse and worse. She needs to step it up I mean she's Oh my goodness, this album is pure crap. It's as if Ms. Spears keeps getting worse and worse. She needs to step it up I mean she's filthy rich, take some vocal lessons or learn to play an instrument. Please do something cause this same shit is getting old. Expand

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