Britney Spears Sucks On A Balloon, Blows It In The Paps’ Face

“Kill The Lights” is allegedly the second song from Britney Spears’ Circus to leak, although Spears’ voice sounds like it’s been processed through about fifteen “helium” filters before being laid on top of the Danja-produced track. (Oh, the days of “Gimme More” seem so long ago.) The lyrics are rife with references to paparazzi, although whether they’re about Britney’s still-complicated relationship with fame or her regrettable dalliance with the sex-tape-hawking Adnan Ghalib is still up for debate. (Well, OK, maybe not totally up for debate: “All the flashing / Trynna cash in / Hurts my eyes / All the poses / Out of focus/ I despise / F me over” certainly sounds like a slightly more pointed criticism than one that would be plausibly directed to the TMZ crowd.) [YouTube]

  • Chris Molanphy

    She does this interesting note-bending thing about a minute in that’s a direct cop from Madonna: “…what ya SEE-uh-eeeee.” It’s very True Blue at that moment. Guess she’s still studying the master (of credible pop singing with a mediocre voice).

  • the rich girls are weeping

    I listened to this a bunch yesterday and decided that it’s only salvageable via some serious remixing. I actually kind of like helium-Brit, I have a love/hate of her usual sinus-congestion delivery. I also kind of like the harpy shriekiness of the “I keeeeeeeeel the lights…” chorus. What does that remind me of? Peaches? Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya? Nicky Click? Argh.

    Is it too much to hope that someone made BritBrit watch Sunset Boulevard?

  • CapnCalamity

    Not surprisingly, I love it. “Mr. Photographer…make sure you catch me from my good side–pick one!” is my favorite lyric of the year.

  • the rich girls are weeping

    @CapnCalamity: Agreed, that line is really killer!

  • Anonymous

    @Chris Molanphy: I noticed that exact same thing! It sounded so Madonna-esque. I liked that whole mini-verse and wish she had duplicated it for the second verse.

    @Capn and rich girls: yes, that line rules. The “pick one” is what takes it over the top.

    I also love the KEEEEEL the lights shrieks, and pretty much her delivery throughout the whole thing. Much of this song actually sounded more like “real” singing to me than Womanizer, or Gimme More. But either way, I love Britney/Danja/Blackout and I am now extremely excited for this album.

  • Anonymous

    Haven’t we been here before? Wasn’t it called, Piece Of Crap?
    Yes, BS we know the paparazzi follow you. And we’re bored.