AOTY 2019
Britney Spears - Glory
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #552 / 763
User Score
Based on 369 ratings
2016 Ratings: #561
August 26, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

It's a welcome return, as is Glory as a whole: it feels as fun and frivolous as her earliest music while retaining the freshness of her best mature work.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Not everything is glorious, but it might be something better: human. Finally, Spears is having as much fun as her songs sound.

70
Slant Magazine

By eschewing the harsh, dubstep-influenced EDM of her past two albums and embracing subtler pop and R&B sounds, Britney's made her most daring, mature album in years.

70
Rolling Stone

Glory is a welcome comeback for a true pop visionary nobody expected to stick around long enough for a third album, much less a ninth.

70
Drowned in Sound

Against all apparent odds, Glory is her best album in ten years ... Lurching from flamenco to New Jack Swing influences without any self-consciousness or self-awareness, it successfully repeats Blackout’s trick of using synthetic production as the backdrop to an album brimming with personality.

60
No Ripcord

As far as Britney Spears records go, it is quite the reward ... Thankfully bereft of ballads, the record is packed with dancefloor bangers.

60
musicOMH

Like Britney herself, Glory is a fascinating if flawed listen – while she remains very much a singles artist, this is her most successful record in a while, and still contains glimpses of why she remains so compelling, 18 years into her career.

60
NME

‘Glory’ is no masterpiece, but it’s a marked improvement on 2013’s ‘Britney Jean’, a messy attempt to merge thumping EDM tunes with supposedly reflective midtempo songs. A major contributing factor is Spears herself, who sounds re-energised and fully present for the first time in years.

exception
30
I CANNOT believe that even when Britney is SO OLD she still SLAYS!!! Proves that she is a timeless pop QWEEN that can DESTROY all of today's mainstream music. You're a sexist if this isn't your AOTY.
EMR
17
With an even more synthetic and lifeless production quality, Britney makes a welcome, but disappointing return with one of her worst albums ever, for sure. Nostalgia does not even come into question as long as she releases terrible singles like Make Me... or half-assed simulations of her best known hits like Do You Wanna Come Over? or Man On The Moon. Slumber Party and Just Like Me may be pretty much all of the truly memorable moments in this super slick, artificially-crafted record.
hellodecatur
70
Of course Britney had nowhere to go but up after the colossal disappointment that was Britney Jean, but Glory is refreshing by its own right. While there's still a decent amount of Brit lore to get lost in (the scrapped, tantric original video for "Make Me," the relationship speculations of "Just Like Me"), Glory has no unifying sound or concept the way records like Blackout or Femme Fatale did - maybe it's a little more directly focused on sex, but that's about it. For the ... read more
90
big leap from Britney Jean. britney at her best.
Cavcasta
NR
tis a joke not music
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Decade Lists

/Albumism (2010s)

Track List

  1. Invitation
  2. Make Me... (feat. G-Eazy)
  3. Private Show
  4. Man On The Moon
  5. Just Luv Me
  6. Clumsy
  7. Do You Wanna Come Over?
  8. Slumber Party
  9. Just Like Me
  10. Love Me Down
  11. Hard To Forget Ya
  12. What You Need
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