In The Zone

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Review Text If 2001's Britney was a transitional album, capturing Spears at the point when she wasn't a girl, and not yet a woman, her 2003 follow-up, In the Zone, is where she has finally completed that journey and turned into Britney, the Adult Woman. Like her peer Christina Aguilera, Britney equates maturity with transparent sexuality and the pounding sounds of nightclubs, but since she's not as dirrty as Xtina, her spin is a little different. On In the Zone, Britney feels like the good girl next door cutting loose at college, since this is the first time she can indulge herself. She has been freed from her musical parent, Max Martin, who is absent for the first time from a Britney Spears album. Instead, Britney has decided to play the field and work with a bunch of different collaborators, including Madonna, Moby, the Matrix, TrixsterRoy "Royalty" Hamilton, Bloodshy, and Avant, and R Kelly. Since she's so determined to be a woman, not a girl, she has completely shed the sugarcoated big hooks and sappy love songs that drove her stardom, concentrating on music that glides by on mellow grooves, or hits hard with its hip-hop beats. It's all club-ready, but despite some hints of neo-electro and the Neptunes, it doesn't quite sound modern -- it sounds like a cut from 1993, or Madonna's Bedtime Stories and Ray of Light. Production-wise, these tracks are not only accomplished, they're much more varied than any of her previous albums -- in particular, the sleek feel of Moby's "Early Mornin'," the alluring "Breathe on Me" from Mark Taylor, and the irresistible Bloodshy and Avant productions, "Showdown" and "Toxic." They make In the Zone surely her most ambitious, adventurous album to date. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  1. 1. Me Against the Music
  2. 2. (I Got That) Boom Boom
  3. 3. Showdown
  4. 4. Breathe On Me
  5. 5. Early Mornin'
  6. 6. Toxic
  7. 7. Outrageous
  8. 8. Touch of My Hand
  9. 9. Hook Up
  10. 10. Shadow
  11. 11. Brave New Girl
  12. 12. Everytime
  13. 13. Me Against the Music [Rishi Rich's Desi Kulcha Remix]

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It's always an event when pop superstar Britney Spears releases an album, and her fourth full-length release, In the Zone, was no exception. Britney Spears: In the Zone is a video compilation which collects concert footage and television appearances that were stages to celebrate the album's release. Highlights include Spears' ABC special In the Zone, MTV appearances with hip-hop duo Ying Yang Twins, a live nightclub performance of "Breathe on Me," and a documentary on the making of Spears' duet video with Madonna, "Me Against the Music." ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Release Date
11/18/03