Circus

~ Release group by Britney Spears

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Circus CD 13 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 88697403872 886974038726
Circus CD 14 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 88697406982 886974069829
Circus CD 16 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 88697407752 886974077527
Circus CD 13 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 88697403872 886974038726
Circus Digital Media 14 Jive (Jive Records imprint)
Circus CD 14 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 88697406982 886974069829
Circus (UK deluxe edition) CD 16 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 88697407752 886974077527
Circus CD 16 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 88697407762 886974077626
Circus CD 13 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 88697403872 886974038726
Circus CD 15 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 886974077626
Circus CD 14 Jive (Jive Records imprint) BVCP-24152 4988017666876
Circus CD 13 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) 88697403872 886974038726
Circus (Deluxe Edition) CD 15 Jive (Jive Records imprint), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified), Zomba Label Group (NOT A LABEL - add releases to subsidiary labels instead) 88697407762 886974077626
Circus CD 13 Jive (Jive Records imprint) 8869 740387-2 886974038726
Bootleg
Circus CD 19 Jive (Jive Records imprint) [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Radar
Womanizer
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000802321 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/11278 [info]
Wikidata: Q19345 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Circus (Britney Spears album) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/britney_spears/circus/ [info]
reviews: http://thequietus.com/articles/00816-britney-spears-circus-album-review [info]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6djw [info]

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Arriving little over 12 months since her last album Blackout, Circus is designed to put Britney firmly back in people's minds as a pop star rather than a daily source of gossip. Although ''It's Britney, Bitch'' may be unforgettable, this album, her 6th, arrives with manager Larry Rudolph back in charge and Britney herself sounding less like some producers have artificially recreated her voice just to be able to release an album.

Circus, echoes its title through the album with unnerving beats and creepy riffs. Innocent little Britney that we knew ten years ago can hardly smile sweetly any more after such a public breakdown, so as expected it's an album of dark electronic drums pausing only briefly to be demure on the restrained Out From Under and in the bizarre pastel colours of the cover artwork.

Announced as 'the former princess now the queen of pop' on the aggressive Kill The Lights, Britney sets her self up for a meeting with the paparazzi declaring, ''All the flashing trying to cash in hurts my eyes''. Like a sequel to Piece of Me, Britney battles through the frantic chorus with her hatred of Lights, Camera, Actions. Conversely, on title track, Circus, she loves the attention being shone directly on her as the ''ringleader'' as she sings of adrenaline flowing through her veins when it's time to put on a show. The more heavily produced a track is the better, with Lace And Leather pounding with dark industrial beats, and the crude pun of If You Seek Amy, in which Britney returns to super producer Max Martin pushing its way out as album highlight - it's ''ha ha he he ha ha ho'' chorus centered over playful yet sleazy drums that will be irresistible to dance to.

Despite this, there are perhaps one too many tracks that fall flat. We don't want to hear Britney sing acoustically on My Baby or messing about with silly voices on the nauseating Mmm Papi. We want Womanizer with its over repetitive chorus, and slamming sirens. Britney 2.0 needs to be full of wild dancefloor driven moves, and when Circus gets them, only then does it excel.