Britney Spears wipes the floor with all the other pop songs with Pretty Girls, the icon's first offering since 2013's misfire Britney Jean. Assisted by hot rapping commodity Iggy Azalea, the Little Mix-penned urban-dance explosion jumps to the front of the line of tracks vying for this year's illustrious Song of the Summer title. Sitting in the Blackout back pocket of electronic immediacy and Work Bitch urgency, the finger-snapped honey-pot rockets through both time and space—in that it's a dreamily-laced R&B throwback composition engineered around a spirited '80s bounce and opulent freestyle.
The 33-year-old's penetrating coos blanket Azalea's earthy vocal with an exhilarating sparkle and longing, too, sizing up the three-minute glossy and audacious anthem as a liberating combustible. But Pretty Girls is undoubtedly not Spears' finest musical moment; an examination of her commanding 16-year catalog (buoyed by such undeniable classics as ...Baby One More Time, Oops!...I Did It Again, Lucky, Toxic, Piece of Me and Womanizer) will elicit grunts of frustration. It would be hard for anyone with such a quintessentially modern pop songbook to map uncharted territory, especially when the landscape has shifted and morphed into something completely unrecognizable since Spears blasted onto the scene in 1999. But in 2015, Pretty Girls is the kind of bizarrely dynamic and contagious hook that could fuel Miss Spears back to chart relevancy once again. "All around the world, pretty girls wipe the floor with all the boys," thrusts the slinky chorus. "Pour the drinks. Bring the noise. (It's Iggy Iggz). We're just so pretty!"
And the move to conspire with 2014's breakout Azalea is brilliant on all counts, and even following such radio hits as Fancy, Black Widow and Beg for It, the enthralling new space-heater (produced by The Invisible Men) is a substantial contribution. It buzzes around the ears like flies, like bees to the honey—perking up the senses (and the mainstream, in the process). I would be remiss if I didn't proclaim, "Snatch those wigs, Queen B!"
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