Britney Spears’ iconically underrated album ‘Blackout’ is everything

In case you have been living under a rock the past couple of days, Jamie Lynn Spears was the voice of reason on Instagram. She spoke about the travesty that has been occurred involving one of her sister, Britney Spears, singles “Piece of Me.” Pretty much, Jamie says what we all are thinking: The song is underrated and that it should have wonder a Grammy and should be nominated for a Grammy every year. Because of this, I thought it was fitting that we revisit what is considered her best work. We are going to talk about “Blackout.”

It’s Britney, bitch

“Blackout ” is the fifth studio album from the legendary Britney Spears. It was released in the fall of 2007. The album was recorded and released during Britney’s dark period. It was her first album after having not released one since 2003. There’s an entire backstory for this and we aren’t here for that. Just Google “Britney Spears Original Doll” and you find out all that you need to know. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first album that Britney was executive producing, which just means she made more control over the entire album than what was probably given to her in the past. One of the major producers of the album is Danja. He is featured on many of the songs on the album is pretty much everyone that Britney wants to work with again. The last album he worked with her on was 2008’s “Circus.”

From MTV. ICONIC

The album isn’t like anything that we have gotten before from Britney. It’s more dance-pop and electropop. It’s honestly lightyears ahead of its time. It has dubstep in there and uses it so much better than how it’s used today. The Britney Stan in me would even say that she’s helped make dubstep popular like Cher made auto-tune popular after she did “Believe” back in 1999.

“Blackout” was the album that gave us iconic songs like “Piece of Me” and “Gimme More.” The latter song was performed at 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in an infamous performance. Yep, it’s THAT song. “Piece of Me” literally slayed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. It won all the categories it was nominated at. It was coming full circle and show the word that Britney Spears was back, bitch.

This album is just an extremely enjoyable experience from the first song to the last song, excluding the random “Gimme More” remix, are just so good songs. They all fit so well together and just flows well together. Even the meh songs, which are some, are still good. Britney’s vocals on this album are also very good. The people she worked with, including Pharrell Williams, really knew what they were doing and how to work with Britney. They produced this album so well.

“Blackout” had very little promo, for obvious reason, and is vastly underrated and underappreciated. I wish Britney would do another album like this. The closest we would get to it would be her 2011 album “Femme Fatale.” Britney really doesn’t experiment like this anymore. We aren’t going to talk about “Britney Jean” because that album is just a disappointment. Rumor has it that it might be coming but that rumor has been floating around for years.

Now I’m not going to “rate” this album because frankly, I’m going to rate it 5 out of 5. I think everyone should listen to this album as it’s a pop classic. The album is such a classic that it’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Yeah, that’s how this album is viewed. I recommend you listen to the album. I really like this album to the point where this is my favorite album of Britney’s. If I had to pick my top five songs on this album, which is extremely hard, it would be “Break The Ice,” “Gimme More,” “Hot as Ice,” “Piece of Me,” and “Get Back” in no particular order.

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#JBTBT comes to an end with ‘Lines, Vines, and Trying Times’

In honor of the return of The Jonas Brothers, every Thursday in March will be dedicated to them as we walk down memory lane and review all four of their albums. Welcome to #JBTBT.

It’s the final Thursday in March and it’s time for our final #JBTBT. It’s been a long March and as a newly christened Jo Hoe, yep I lost my Jonas Brother purity ring, I’m frankly glad that it’s over because this has been an enjoyable experience but it’s exhausting. Extremely exhausting. So let’s deep dive into final Jonas Brother album before their breakup back in 2013.

Jo Hoe’s when “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” came out.

For the other #JBTBT Reviews:

|”It’s About Time“|”Jonas Brother“|”A Little Bit Longer“|

With every strike of lightening, comes a memory that lasts

“Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” is their fourth album overall and the last album under the tyranny of Disney’s Hollywood Records. It was released in June 2009, less than a year since the release of “A Little Bit Longer.” Produced by the same guy that did the last two, the album was a little bit more mature than the albums that we previously received from them. It’s just too bad that this album got all most the same amount of mixed reviews as the Joe Jonas’s solo album “Fastlife,” or as I call it “I just got laid so here’s an album to signal that I’m a ‘love slayer’ in bed.

The album itself isn’t as bad as “It’s About Time.” While Nick’s vocals don’t change from the beginning of the album to the end, you can tell that they were burnt out. Between touring, their slightly successful TV shows and movies, these boys were tired af and the mouse probably wanted to capitalize on their fame. It really shows on the album. There’s a collective overall theme but it’s not as strong as the last two albums.

The biggest issue with this album is production. Some songs are just overproduced, some songs are produced weird. Like there’s one song where they added clapping in the chorus but it’s on the offbeat and not where you would normally have it. They also had a kink for horns of this album There’s also the mixture of genres in the album. This was definitely their album where they tried to play with their sound. This album was less rock and more pop rock.

“Before the Storm” is easily the highlight of the album. It’s featuring Miley Cyrus and it’s just her and Nick the entire song. It’s a Niley romantic ballad that is literally everything. I’m not going to talk about “Don’t Charge Me for the Crime.” That’s another conversation in itself. The songs are bad on the album, there’s some better than others. Like 40% on the album is meh songs. “Don’t Speak,” “Paranoid,” “Fly to Me,” and “Black Keys” aren’t bad songs either. They just don’t have that wow factor like their past works. The lyrics are actually less wordy than their previous work. I’m here for the less wordy lyrics. They are still profound and good lyrics.

I do recommend listing to the album because it’s still an enjoyable experience. It’s just not as good as what we have gotten from them in the past. “A Little Bit Longer” is the best album in the entire discography, so far. But this is definitely in the top three.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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The live action​ ‘Kim Possible’ isn’t what dreams are made of

As a someone who grew up during the late 90s and early 00s, my heart filled with joy and then freaked out when I heard that they were going to be making a live action “Kim Possible” movie. Besides the fact that recent Disney Channel programming has been rather crappy, reboots that take cartoons and make them live action don’t typically do well. They rather suck if now done right. Spoiler: this is one of those reviews where I watch things so you don’t have to. You’re Welcome

What’s the sitch?

“Kim Possible” was released on Disney Channel as a Disney Channel Original Movie, or DCOM, on February 15, 2019. It was directed by newcomer Adam Stein and former DCOM actor turned director Zach Lipovsky. It pretty much stars a bunch of unknowns/newcomers. The only real big name that is heavily in the movie is Alyson Hannigan (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “How I Met Your Mother”). The OG Kim Possible and Disney Channel legend Christy Carlson Romano has a small cameo in the movie as well as the original voice of Rufus, Nancy Cartwright reprises her role as Rufus. The acting in this movie isn’t bad. If I had to rate it, it would 6/10. It’s honestly the younger cast is what wasn’t working when it came to acting. They did all right, especially when you think about it’s most of their first big role.

The plot of this movie is one that’s hard to follow. It’s pretty much just Kim Possible living her life as a teenage crime fighter with her best friend Ron Stoppable. Her life gets turned upside down when she befriends a new student named Athena. Then Kim starts questioning herself once Athena starts to still her thunder and become a better version of Kim. In between this, Kim’s archnemesis Dr. Drakken and his henchwomen Shego create a masterplan to defeat Kim once and for all.

The writing for this movie was actually the highlight of this film. It was rather witty at times and I laughed at some of the times. The writing didn’t take itself seriously and made fun of itself. The effects were also something that was rather good. It wasn’t like a blockbuster movie with the effects but it was still good. There wasn’t any clear direction with the writing and production.

I feel bad that this is her first major role

Who was the attended audience? They don’t air the original show besides on their Disney Now app. None of their current generation of Disney Channel fans would know about Kim Possible. Sure, it really shouldn’t matter. But the movie alienates the older fans that know and love KP with the sometimes childish approach and doesn’t give the newer fan information on why KP is KP and won’t get them interested beside “Who is this girl and why is she fighting crime?”

My biggest complaint with the entire movie is the characterization of characters. Like I’m supposed to like Kim Possible and want her to succeed but I honestly found her the worst character in the entire movie. She came off as just a showoff and someone that just gets everything handed to them. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was how they were portraying Kim or it was just the actress. I went back to watch the original and Kim was portrayed the same but she was just super more likable.

The way they portrayed Kim in the film vs how portrayed Kim in the cartoon was like night and day. Kim in the cartoon was still perfect but she didn’t really rub it into everyone’s faces. One thing that stood out was that cartoon Kim denied Wade, her super genius benefactor, help for her homework. In the movie, Kim literally used Wade for things that didn’t have to do with missions or saving the world. It was little things like attention to details like that I wish they pulled over. I should want to like Kim Possible not want her to lose. I was totally rooting for Dr. Drakken and Shego to win. They were the best characters and had the best characterization. I also didn’t like Athena, at all.

I think a lot of this has to do with the fact the movie was directed by two people. There are two different visions there. While the original creators were involved, which you can tell with the writing, I feel like the two directors with two different amount of directing experience is what severely hurt the movie. It’s like you are putting a newborn puppy with a full adult dog and expecting them both to fetch. You really only need one director because there will be plenty of other people, like producers, to help if the director needs to run things off of people. Now, I’m not saying that the new director would have sucked by himself or vice versa. But the fact they had two directors on the films could have been why it felt like the film had no direction.

Overall, I would avoid watching “Kim Possible” unless it’s one of the original two DCOM movies or the original series. This movie wasn’t any good.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Jonas Brothers wow fans with their third album ‘A Little Bit Longer’

In honor of the return of The Jonas Brothers, every Thursday in March will be dedicated to them as we walk down memory lane and review all four of their albums. Welcome to #JBTBT.

This album is probably the one that I’m looking forward out of all of their discography. Today, we will talk and reminisce about “A Little Bit Longer.” It’s the holy grail for a Jo Hoe. I’m really hoping that they didn’t just talk this album up and it actually sucks. That’s what usually happens 99% of the time.

All the Jo Hoes went they broke up

For the other #JBTBT reviews: |It’s About Time|Jonas Brothers|

“A Little Bit Longer” was the third album from the brothers Jonas. It was the second overall album released under the Hollywood Records prison umbrella. It was released in the summer of 2008, post-“Camp Rock” release. Fun fact: the album is named after the song Nick Jonas wrote about being type 1 diabetes. Frankly, he made it seems like he was dying. I mean diabetes is serious but it’s just not as serious as cancer. C’mon dude, you probably sent thousands of teenage girls into the hospital with heart attacks.

The album itself takes what was good about their second album “Jonas Brothers” and makes it better. There is are no repeat songs on it like and all 12 main tracks are original. The rock feel continues onto it. It’s definitely more rock here than what we got in past two. It also fits well with the album they were producing at the time. You might have heard of it. Demi Lovato’s debut album “Don’t Forget.” Yeah, they produced an album before they had full fledge sex.

The album still has the Jonas’ wordy lyrics and frankly, it’s more present in this album than in the other one. It was to the point for the lyrics overpowered some of the song itself. Like with the song “A Little Bit Longer.” It’s a very pretty song about Nick’s diagnosis but it’s just kind of wordy. I really just want to go “Dudes, you’re famous. You don’t need words to get into their pants.” Then I remember they were waiting for the right girl and that maybe they thought using a thesaurus was foreplay.

One thing I didn’t really bring up in the last review was their vocals and the little things they added on top of the vocals. So the Jonas Brothers vocals are rather good. But they like to add little something extra to their vocals. It’s nothing bad but it’s kind of like “What was that for?” They add like a moan or a growl to their vocals. It’s in the chorus of “Tonight.” It doesn’t ruin the song but it can’t be good for their vocals. Maybe that was Nick’s way of getting his voice to say in one pitch or they were just practicing with their thesaurus and purity rings. It just something that’s synonymous with the Jo Bros.

Verdict

“A Little Bit Longer” is the best album in their discography. It’s a strong album that doesn’t really have a bad song. Some are stronger than others but it’s an enjoyable experience. There were some production things that made me turn my head. Not in a bad way but more in a “that’s a strange thing to do.” It does suffer from wordy lyrics and honest “A Little Bit Longer” the song is just too dramatic of a song for something like Diabetes. It’s a good song but c’mon.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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