After a six-year hiatus, Britney Spears made her musical comeback on Friday with the discharge of “Hold Me Closer,” her collaboration with Elton John.
The track, which is an EDM reimagining of John’s 1971 hit “Tiny Dancer,” marks Spears’ first new launch because the authorized victory final November that freed her from the 13-year conservatorship that managed her profession and private life.
Final yr, Spears revealed she stepped away from music and performing after the conservatorship “killed my dreams.” Her final album, “Glory,” arrived in 2016.
Earlier than the discharge of “Hold Me Closer,” Spears tweeted
that she’s studying “everyday is a clean slate to try and be a better person and do what makes me happy.”
She added that she needed to be “fearless like when I was younger.”
John stated he was impressed to hitch forces with Spears by his husband, David Furnish, including that he believes their duet will give her a much-needed confidence enhance after such a “traumatic time.”
“I’m so excited to be able to do it with her because if it is a big hit, and I think it may be, it will give her so much more confidence than she’s got already and she will realize that people actually love her and care for her and want her to be happy,” he stated in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.
A fast scan of social media and it seems like followers are delighted by the joint launch.
“Such a cool, beautiful song, you guys make a wonderful team! We have missed you so much Brit, you can’t imagine how happy it makes me to hear you singing again,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
One other stated: “welcome back!!!! Hold me closer is freaking fantastic! You sound so good!”
Amongst music critics, nonetheless, opinion was extra divided.
Awarding the track a four-star score, the Guardian’s Michael Cragg notes that Spears “throws in a few playful ‘yeahs’, ad libs that feel like actual yelps of joy rather than the robotic manoeuvres of someone being shuttled from studio to waiting car.”
He provides that “Spears seems to hint at finding that for herself again in music. Even if this is a one-off — and who can blame her if she doesn’t want to return to pop full-time — that feels like enough.”
In keeping with Vogue’s Christian Allaire, “There’s something about Britney’s voice and a dance track that just go extremely well together — like red wine and a basket of bread. She does things with her vocal tone that all the other pop girlies simply can’t. That’s why she’s the true princess of pop.”
Writing within the UK’s Instances, nonetheless, reviewer Will Hodgkinson was not as enthusiastic. Whereas saying “the return of Britney Spears should be welcomed with open arms,” he described “Hold Me Closer” as a “bloodless remix” that “gives no space for Spears to shine while also killing the magic of the original.”