The Pop Queen Britney is back with a new album.
Finally, after a six-year break, Pop Queen Britney returned to the music scene on Friday with “Hold Me Closer,” a collaboration with Elton John.
This EDM version of John’s 1971 song, “Tiny Dancer,” is her first official single since she won her legal battle with the 13-year conservatorship that controlled her life and career last November.
The pop queen revealed last year she had stopped performing and playing music after the conservatory “killed my dreams.” She released her previous album, “Glory,” which arrived in 2016.
The day before the release of “Hold Me Closer,” pop queen Britney tweeted, “every day is a clean slate to try and be a better person and do what makes me happy.”
Pop queen Britney added she wants to be “fearless like when I was younger.”
John said he was inspired to team up with Spears by his husband, David Furnish, adding that he believes their duet will give her a much-needed confidence boost 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 said in the interview.
Taking a look at social media, it appears the joint release has been well received.
“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,” tweeted a fan.
The other tweeted: “welcome back!!!! Hold me closer is freaking fantastic! You sound so good!”
However, there was more disagreement among music critics.
With a four-star rating, the Guardian’s Michael Cragg notes that Pop Queen Britney “throws in a few playful ‘years’, ad-libs that feel like actual yelps of joy rather than the robotic maneuvers of someone being shuttled from studio to waiting car.”
As he points out, “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.”
Vogue’s Christian Allaire says, “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.”
Reviewer Will Hodgkinson, however, was less enthusiastic. While 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.”