Britney Spears - 'Radar'
I am not here to cast aspersions on Britney's art. I am sure she has very good, artistically pure reasons for doing what she does, in the way that she does. And clearly 2009 is going to go down as The Year Robots Took Over The World's Pop Throats whether I scream and shout about it or not, so acting the Canute about the changing tide is just a waste of time and my good shoes.
In fact, when Britney chooses to dust down a song from her 'Blackout' album and re-release it on 'Circus', presumably because it's another swingin' electro sassfest, with froggy throatal croaking, like that '...Amy' song, there is no need for any of us to act like something is amiss. And when she takes that same song and releases it as a single, presumably as a cleaner version of that '...Amy' song which may win back the mums and dads, it is our job to stand in wonder at her creative process. She is Britney, her life is not like our lives, she makes decisions based on conflicting situations that we can only dream of, not the least of which is "are the paps watching?".
(Here's the video. Thanks for the added commercials, Team Britney!)
That said, and this is only a minor gripe, where in the world do people pronounce the word "radar" as "raider"? Is it Louisiana? Is it France? Normally the emphasis is on the first syllable - RAY-dar - and it ends with "dar", not "der". Britney, as is her way, has got creative, and now a song which claims to be about electromagnetic detection (only sexy, as in sexlectromagnetic detection, presumably) is being sung as if it's actually about Lara Croft (no need to sexy HER up, right gamenerds?).
Also, and this might turn out to be more of a major problem...it's not really THAT great a song, is it? I mean sure, artistically it's a triumph, as is everything Britney does (see above). It's got the swooshy synth swell of 'Piece Of Me', it's got that tumbledown 'Womanizer' swing to it, it's got a "da-da-da" bit at the end which is strongly reminiscent of '...Amy', and yet it is in no way as good as any of these songs. It will do. That's it.
And, worst of all, for a record which brings together so many very modern production tricks, it already sounds old. I'd have maybe saved it for the vocoder-revival in 2015, but then what do I know, for I am not Britney. She is.