history of album covers: britney spears
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011

  • Posted by: Siobhan Fludder

On February 2nd, Britney Spears took to her twitter to unveil the title and cover art for her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale. Another step in her re-birth, this new information holds some promise to continue Britney's process of de-Lindsayfying herself. Team Britney have spent the past three years carefully rebuilding their empire to drag the pop star out of her highly publicized downward spiral that included taking off her underwear in the middle of a clothing store, attacking paparazzi with an umbrella, of course the infamous head-shaving incident, as well as her worst mistake of all: marrying Kevin Federline. But she ended the marriage, her hair grew back (we think, you can never really tell what's a wig and what's not with this one), and her sanity stabalized (again, allegedly).

With the release of Femme Fatale's album cover, The Awl is the latest to review this slow climb to somewhat respected stardom (kind of?) via the quality of her albums' cover art. The discussion quite accurately associates the bland and basic portrayals with the corresponding musical success, such as referencing the Tiger Beat-esque quality of Baby One More Time along with the simplistic bubblegum pop theme that ran Britney's life in her early stages of fame. Second album, Oops!...I Did It Again, is slightly more revealing, and is followed by self titled Britney. I have to disagree with the review on this one. The cover art for Britney is described as "awful" and "terrible", but being an 11 year old girl when this album was released, you can imagine my reverence for this particular image. Or maybe you can't. Let's just say I spent the better part of sixth grade getting that pose down. Moving on, the cover art remains unimpressive until 2008's Circus, which marks the turning point for her career, which was one trip to rehab away from going up in flames.

Whether you were once victim to the Spears spell like me or you consider her a representation of everything that is wrong with this earth, Femme Fatale seems to be a step forward for Britney, and it's looking like she might manage to stick around for a while. Brace yourself accordingly.

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