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"Womanizer" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single (the first song off the Dec. 2008 album Circus) marks Spears' latest attempt at a career comeback. Although it has a general aura of sexiness and talks a lot about "womanizing" -- i.e. using women for sex -- most of the lyrics include pretty general terms, and the song's cheating theme isn't discussed in great detail. In the song, Spears is assertive and confident, demanding respect and telling men that she doesn't have time for those who might betray her.
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What's the story?
It's comeback time again for Britney Spears, and this time she's taking on no-good, two-timing men. The lead single off Spears' sixth studio album, Circus, WOMANIZER is an electro-pop dance mix that spotlights the writing and producing skills of newcomers The Outsyders (the duo of Nikesha Briscoe and Rafael Akinyem).
Is it any good?
The opening lines of the song offer glimpses of the old Spears, full of spirited sexiness. But there's also the feeling that Spears is still trying to play catch up with current pop styles, attempting to jump into today's sound after being out of the loop for so long. Granted, some moments during the song will make you want to dance -- like the flirty refrain "Boy don't try to front I (I) know just (just) what you are (are are)," which revisits the Baby One More Time era.
But the chorus kills all hope for a cool sound when Spears repeats (ad nauseam) "womanizer, womanizer, woman, woman, womanizer" in a way that sounds like an annoying elementary school chant. But that's mostly the failing of the songwriters, who seemed to have simply run out of clever lines for Spears to sing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how artists use life experience in their music. Do you think Spears used her own real-life struggles to inspire/inform her "comeback" songs? Do you think this song is meant to address a specific person in Spears' life? Would people still be interested in Spears if she hadn't experienced so many problems?