Track Review: Britney Spears, ‘Private Show’
After taking the subtle approach on promo single “Make Me,” Britney Spears amps up the innuendo on the slick, infectious “Private Show.”
On August 26, 2016, pop star Britney Spears is hoping that the Glory returns. Glory marks Spears’ ninth studio album, and first in three years. Britney Jean, Spears’ 2013 effort, failed to make much of an impression on the charts or the critics. Spears, hence, is looking to reclaim her swag. “Private Show” is an excellent start, more so than “Make Me.”
“Private Show” like “Make Me” is sexy, but much more aggressive and assertively so. The production work is slick, mixing pop, hip-hop, and urban cues. Gimmicky, the approach suits Spears’ voice, which isn’t the most profound, but effective. Here, Spears’ assertiveness is jaw dropping – when has she ever sounded so overt?
The hook is infectious – naughty yet irresistible as Spears suggestively (if tastefully) sings of her intentions. Naturally, this includes cliché references to “work” and “twerk.”
“Put on a private show / pull the curtains until they close / I put on a private show / We’ll be whiling all on the low / work it, work it, boy watch me work it / slide down my pole, watch me spin it and twerk it / work it, work it, boy watch me work it…”
To reiterate, vocally, “Private Show” isn’t a masterpiece. Regardless, Spears’ voice is used quite effectively, making it a successful performance.
All in all, “Private Show” is sexy and assertive. Smartly, contrasts “Make Me,” building more excitement for Glory. The production is exceptional, with the urban-pop sensibilities being a good look for Spears. “Private Show” is strong.
Britney Spears • Glory • RCA • Release: 8.26.16
Photo Credit: RCA