Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ooh La La | Britney Spears

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Even though her last album was released in 2011, Britney Spears has yet to be out of the public eye (and ear) since then. After the Femme Fatale era ran its course, Spears was a judge on the United States version of The X Factor and exploded on the radio once again with a collaboration with will.i.am on "Scream & Shout." Now, she's back with another single, this time releasing "Ooh La La" for the soundtrack of The Smurfs 2.

Sadly, this song hasn't really met my expectations. For starters, it sounds really recycled and bares resemblance to two of Spears' past songs, "Rock Me In" and "Trip To Your Heart." The only difference between those two songs and "Ooh La La" is that Spears really kicks up the cutesy tone in her voice, making it sound more childish.


Although the overall sound isn't so great, the lyrical content is right on track with a traditional Britney Spears song. The lyrics can be rather innocent when heard from a child's perspective, but adults can easily decode what Spears is really singing about. In the case of "Oh La La," the set of lyrics that could be put in this category is "My heart beats fast ’cause I want it all / So baby come with me and be my ooh la la / Take my hand, we can go all night / And spin me round just the way I like / It feels so good, I don’t wanna stop / So baby come with me and be my ooh la la." 

At first, I thought I should be a bit more lenient on the song; after all, it is a cute little song that was meant to make Spears' two sons happy. Making a song for a children's movie isn't a crowning moment in a person's career, but it was a nice thing for Spears to do for her sons. Then again, I have to be realistic about the true quality of the song. "Ooh La La" is pretty catchy and I know I'll be singing along in the car with the radio whenever it's played, but when critically looking at the song, it's really nothing special.

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