EPISODE 61: Britney Spears – In the Zone Reaction
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For Britney Spears, her fourth album In the Zone was the coming of age album in her career, and remains the cornerstone album in her catalog. Subject to criticism of vocal ability, lasting appeal, and identity in the Pop genre, Spears needed something to solidify herself in music that would show all her non-believers that she was to be taken seriously and seen as, ‘not that innocent’. While “Oops!… I Did It Again“, “…Baby One More Time”, and The Neptunes produced hit “I’m A Slave 4 U”, were all big successes for Spears, she was still working for that global smash that acts before her achieved at some point in their careers. Fortunately, this album would be the one to bring her that achievement and more. Exploring other genres and delving into new sounds, In the Zone showcased the versatility that wasn’t present on previous albums. Featuring guest spots from R. Kelly, the Ying Yang Twins, and Madonna, the album had another element of surprise during its duration. More than anything, the maturity in the lyrical composition of the project was shining and helped shape the direction of Spears’ future work. In the Zone would help Spears break another record in topping the charts, and produced the hit singles, “Me Against the Music”, featuring Madonna, “Everytime”, and the end-all, be-all, global smash record, “Toxic“. It’s interesting to think about what Spears’ career would be like if this album had never been released. Nobody wants to live in a world without “Toxic” being in existence.