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In the Zone [DVD Audio/Bonus Videos]

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Britney Spears 4/20/2004

Review

If 2001's Britney was a transitional album, capturing Spears at the point when she wasn't a girl and not yet a woman, its 2003 follow-up, In the Zone, is where she has finally completed that journey and turned into Britney, the Adult Woman. Like her peer Christina Aguilera, Britney equates maturity with transparent sexuality and the pounding sounds of nightclubs, but since she's not as dirty as Xtina, her spin is a little different. Where Christina comes across like a natural-born skank, Britney is the girl next door cutting loose at college, drinking and smoking and dancing and sexing just a little too recklessly, since this is the first time she can indulge herself. And that's what In the Zone is -- Britney indulging herself, desperate to prove that she's an adult. She has been freed from her musical parent, Max Martin, who is absent for the first time from a Spears album, choosing instead to play the field and work with a bunch of different collaborators, including Madonna, Moby, the Matrix, Trixster, Roy "Royalty" Hamilton, Bloodshy & Avant, and R. Kelly. Since she's so determined to be a woman, not a girl, she has completely shed the sugarcoated big hooks and sappy love songs that drove her stardom, concentrating on music that glides by on mellow grooves or hits hard with its hip-hop beats. It's all club-ready, but despite some hints of neo-electro and the Neptunes, it doesn't quite sound modern -- it sounds like cuts from 1993 or Madonna's Bedtime Stories and Ray of Light. Production-wise, these tracks are not only accomplished but much more varied than any of her previous albums -- in particular, Moby's "Early Mornin'" has a sleek feel, Mark Taylor's "Breathe on Me" is alluring, and the Bloodshy & Avant productions, "Showdown" and "Toxic," are irresistible ear candy in what is surely Britney's most ambitious, adventurous album to date. [The album was issued in numerous versions featuring add-ons like DVD audio sound, extra remixes, or bonus video content.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Me Against the Music Britney Spears 3:43
  3. 2 (I Got That) Boom Boom Britney Spears 4:49
  4. 3 Showdown Britney Spears 3:16
  5. 4 Breathe on Me Britney Spears 3:40
  6. 5 Early Mornin' Britney Spears 3:46
  7. 6 Toxic Britney Spears 3:19
  8. 7 Outrageous Britney Spears 3:22
  9. 8 Touch of My Hand Britney Spears 4:19
  10. 9 The Hook Up Britney Spears 3:54
  11. 10 Shadow Britney Spears 3:45
  12. 11 Brave New Girl Britney Spears 3:28
  13. 12 Everytime Britney Spears 3:50
  14. 13 Me Against the Music [Desi Kulcha Mix] Britney Spears 4:29
  15. 14 Me Against the Music [Multimedia Track] Britney Spears null:null
  16. 15 Toxic [Multimedia Track] Britney Spears null:null
  17. 16 Photo Gallery [DVD] Britney Spears null:null

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