Britney Spears’ “Alien”: Listen To The William Orbit-Produced ‘Britney Jean’ Track

William Orbit Beams Up A Great 'Britney Jean' Track
It’s a universal truth that William Orbit can do no wrong. This is the Grammy-winning genius, after all, behind Madonna‘s Ray Of Light album, All Saints‘ “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee,” Madge’s “Beautiful Stranger,” etc. He even managed to make Chris Brown not sound like shit on “Don’t Wake Me Up.”

So here we are with the one (?) song the UK producer worked up for Britney Spears‘ upcoming album Britney Jean. (And thankfully, it’s not “Chillin’ With You” featuring Jamie Lynn Spears, either.) “Alien” starts off with a typical, rippling William Orbit synth reverb — and that’s a good thing, because sometimes you want a producer’s sound to have a familiar warmth. It’s even more comforting given the lackluster performance (and quality) of Spears’ two lead singles off this album, “Work Bitch” and “Perfume.”

Head below to give “Alien” a spin.

Following the ghostly intro, Orbit’s wall of sound  kicks in, one that includes a thick club beat and synthetic string-like chords beneath Britney’s vocals. Here she plays the part of a girl who doesn’t fit in until she meets someone who puts her at ease.

“Cross through the universe to get where you are, travel the night riding on a shooting star,” Spears sings. Perhaps we can chalk this up to one of those personal insights into her life that the album is said to contain.

Britney Spears — “Alien”

It’s worth noting that William Orbit tweeted early this morning that this version of “Alien” will differ slightly from that on the album:

As the lead song on an album, this is pretty much the route you want to take. Pity, then, that Britney was clearly paired up with the wrong William as executive producer of this whole project. After all, who better to deliver the singer with her very own Ray Of Light — which, in so many words, Britney Jean is being touted by Spears’ camp as — than Orbit himself?

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  • danny

    This album is hardly “Ray of Light” … why can’t she just cover that song and put it on the album? It’s old enough and everyone loves that.

    • blaackeagle

      Cosmic, subtropic, universal, unusual and Orbital – pure and bright vocals – for old-school or die-hard Britney fans.

    • pat

      . . . because ray of light was Madonna and it wasn’t THAT great. It’s a decent pop song from the 90′s.

  • Tommy Cichon

    After hearing several songs from this album…I want a Femme Fatale part 2 instead

  • Simón Andrés Maracara Díaz

    This has to be the best song so far from “BJ”… This is no Ray Of Light, but it very much seems to be In The Zone 2.0 and I couldn’t be happier about it

    • francisco


  • Greg

    I am ALL ABOUT this one. I was holding out for Orbit’s tracks….. and this one completely delivers! ‘Perfume’ shouldn’t be sitting on iTunes now… ALIEN should.

  • luissax2004

    I was never a big fan of Ray of Light except for a few songs. Britney Jean is amazing so far. I love the direction, it’s refreshing. People are just complaining because they expect the same thing over and over. I want her to grow and lyrically and sound wise she is. Perfume is beautiful and most of the kids who don’t like it is because they don’t get it. And Alien is sooo great! I love the sound. Her voice is heavenly. People need to calm down and stop being so overdramatic. This album really is for her diehard fans, not those lady gag me band wagoners who look for what’s hot and not actual quality. Go listen to something else and stop commenting.

    • Fern

      thankyou finally some sense on one of these comments, your are perfectly right this is refreshing esp from britney its great to see her grow

  • Rita Jones

    I don’t understand Idolator editors. When Perfume was released they were all for it. Even with Work Btch they were giving positive reviews, and now they’re saying both songs have “lackluster quality” ? so ambivalent. WorkBitch, Perfume, Alien are very different from each other and all three are very good. at least Britney is doing something really diverse and new for her fans.. i love all three songs

  • dj

    she’s definitely not doing what Katy Perry is doing, which is something like a sell out artist does. They do whatever is popular with the crowd. Since this is a personal album it’s WHAT BRITNEY really is. I don’t like Alien as much, nor Perfume. But respect for B for still being in the bizz after 15 years. I wish she would do Blackout2 or CIRCUS2. Womanizer was powerful one of her best ever.

  • nataly

    major props for Britney trying to sound different. It’s refreshing for an artist that used to put general music just to have hit after hit to take risks at this point. I mean…it’s been what-15 years in the business? Leave these ultra-poppy pop songs to Katy and Miley. Not the best track I’ve heard from her tho ;)


    I don’t understand what is wrong w this version. I am sooooo HOOKED!