Blackout by Britney Spears

OK, as guilty pleasures go, the new Britney Spears album is probably at the top of the list.

With all the tabloid drama that poor girl has been creating lately, the world almost forgot she could put out a killer album—or at least her top-of-the-line producers, including Nelly Furtado and Timbaland’s Nate “Danja” Hills—can. Brit’s girlfriend-in-a-coma MTV performance and mandatory drug testing aside, the slinky, driving tracks on Blackout (the title refers to blocking out negativity, natch) are poised to make this her best dance album yet. The first single "Gimme More" has screeched to the top of the charts, and if Little Brit is looking to ride something for a comeback, she should look no further than her own album. Surprise!

(Jive Records)

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