After releasing The Smurfs sountrack-taken "Ooh La La" earlier this Summer and appearing on will.i.am's hit "Scream & Shout" last Fall, the 31-year-old Britney Spears has just dropped "Work Bitch", the lead single from her as-of-yet untitled eighth studio album, which is set to hit stores December 3.
"Work Bitch", a dance track with EDM influences is a banging club-ready track lasting 4 minutes and 7 seconds. The song echoes the message of recent self-empowering tracks, although takes a much more blatant approach. After teasing the joys of a luxurious lifestyle ("You want a hot body?/You want a bugatti?/You want a maserati?"), Spears abruptly gives her listeners some incredibly straight-forward advice: "You better work, bitch". Spears then utters lyrics about "sippin' martinis" and partying in France over a thumping beat before flagarantly declaring: "Now get to work bitch!". This is followed by an EDM dance break, which then turns into Spears telling listeners to be a "champion" and "pick up what [she's] puttin' down".
Then, in auto-tuned vocals over a thumping beat, Britney warns haters that they'll "hear her sound" and that she's "coming". She then briefly adopts her signature fake British accent, telling people to "go call the police, go call the governor", and declaring that she "brings the trouble" and that she is "the bad bitch" that "you're lovin' up". Then, over a soaring beat, Britney advises listeners to keep their "head up high" and tells them that "they're gone try to try ya"; ultimately telling them to "keep on floating higher and higher". She then says "work it out" a couple dozen times, before the track returns to its "you better work bitch" thug beat.
With her latest single, Britney has unfortunately adopted the EDM-sound that has become ever so popular within the careers of her peers in the music business. Although Spears attempts to provide listeners with some life advice, her bragging of her own lifestyle mostly over shadows the hook of the track, which is intended to be inspiring but seems like more of a nuisance compared to the fun thumping beat that takes up a large portion of the track.
Although the song may not offer any new ideas, and the song's two different lyrical styles contradict each other, the song is a fun track that will be popular in the club and will most likely be gobbled up by Spears' loyal fans. Additionally, it seems as if America has found a new work-out song, and many people will without a doubt blast the tune through their earbuds when they're on a treadmill. Despite being moderately catchy, the song likely won't have a huge radio or chart impact. But that's okay, because Britney has shown throughout her career on albums such as Britney, In the Zone, and Blackout; her lead singles are usually not the best songs on her albums and they usually under perform commercially; so there's no need to worry if "Work Bitch" flops.
Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5