Single Review: Britney Spears “My Prerogative”

My Prerogative
Album: Greatest Hits
Year: 2004

In the video released of her cover of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” Britney Spears flashed her gaudy engagement ring and kissed her fiance’ Kevin Federline. However, it’s being reported by E! Online that she got married again. The groomsmen wore white tracksuits with the words “pimp” on the back while the bridesmaids wore pink. Rumored on the back of their pink tracksuits: hoes. Then they ate chicken wings and danced to Journey’s “Lights.” From a boombox. No word on whether Federline cooked up the chicken wings (his specialty) for the affair.

In her version, she has her usual spoken intro, which replaces the car braking fast in the original. In it, she asks, ” People can take everything away from you/but they can never take away your truth/but the question is: can you handle mine?” Except with Britney, there isn’t any truth. Just carefully calculated spin and outright denial when the truth has been exposed. “My Prerogative” is not a chance to cover to put a different spin on 80s song, but damage control. It’s like an extended version of Lynne’s Corner on the website, filled with excuses for all her behavior and none of them holding any weight.

In the first verse, a meek Britney whispers “they say I’m crazy/I really don’t care/that’s my prerogative” We’re all just sorry we don’t have a loser husband who leeches off her like she does. Crazy indeed. She exaggerates “nasty” and makes it a quiet shout, as she continues “they say I’m nasty/but I don’t give a damn/getting boys is how I live.” For one, a picture cannot be found without Federline by her side. However, she changes the words (and thus, the context) of the lyric “I really don’t know the deal/about my sister/trying hard to make it right” It suggests tension between her and her sister, making the lyric more about her family than people outside of her life. However, outside of Kevin, she isn’t seen with anyone else. It makes sense for her, but not for a song about public opinion.

The new jack swing elements have been taken out and instead, Mid-Eastern elements are in its place. Also gone is the rap (the only sound decision) and replaced with a bridge in which sings “why can’t I live my life/Without all of the things that people say?” Her producers seemed to have decided to run her “singing” through those computer programs which says the words back in a robotic, emotionless voice. It’s not like an actual person at all, only what a computer would sound like if suddenly started singing horrible 80s music.

Team Britney (marketing, pr and advertising) try their second attempt at making her look independent and in control. However, it can’t be done through only a song. Lynne’s Corner needs to be gone and Britney should be the one writing it, talking about her life, not her mom. Britney needs to take interest in what little career she has left, like going to the Britney Spears’ Foundation and watch the children perform for her or doing a small club tour. However, none of it will happen. She has let herself become a joke for a marriage which is going to barely last past the first pregnancy.

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