As news about Britney Spears‘ collaboration with Iggy Azalea continues to build up to its May 5 release, another Brit recording leaked today – her collaboration with famed disco and electronic producer Giorgio Moroder.
Moroder, who recorded a monologue for Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories a few years back, is releasing his first record in 30 years later this spring called Dèjá Vu, and the collab with Britney is the third to be heard following recordings with Kylie Minogue and Sia.
This new track is a cover of Tom’s Diner by Susanne Vega, originally an a cappella recording from 1987 that became a hit in 1991 thanks to a remix by DNA. The latter of which is the one used as the model for this version.
So far, the response is positive. Giorgio’s production sticks close enough to the DNA remix to keep it familiar, but he gives the song an entirely new life. Meanwhile, Britney’s now-signature electronic vocal effects accompany her throughout, and while she is often criticized for her robotic vocals and reliance on effects, they work here.
Britney pulls it off so well because Tom’s Diner is typically performed void of much emotion, and while it sounds like shade toward her, let’s be real, the song suits her.
What’s interesting now for Britney is what comes next. This recording opens up what could be a new avenue for her to explore for her next album. Britney Jean bombed. There’s no way around that. Its biggest weakness was her lack of emotion on what was supposed to be a personal album. Tom’s Diner can be the jumping point to dive into electronic music completely, away from pop music’s occasional need for emotive vocals. Britney’s recording of Tom’s Diner is almost enough to make up for Britney Jean. What she needs to do now is ride this momentum and use the strengths of this to her advantage for what she does next.