Brit Brit without Autotune
So Britney Spears is widely considered to be the foremost vocalist of a generation, widely called upon for her acapella abilities and soulful renditions, Spears has developed a far-reaching reputation as the most respected live vocalist of her era. Which is why the world is SHOCKED and APPALLED to learn that not only is Britney Spears not singing live, but in fact she relies heavily of vocal processing to make her voice passable.
The internets are losing their shit that Britney has apparently gotten away with being so tone deaf for so many years and now in an ESCALANDO leak she appears to have the musicality of your ten-bottles-in aunt at Christmas on your cousins broke ass plastic Karaoke machine.
Thoughts on this are yes, Brit Brit sounds horrible, but William Orbit has jumped to her defence and said that this was a warm up, not the final recording of Britney. When singers are not used to the tracks they are recording, they will trial it out to get a feel for the pitch and tone, which is probably a good thing because “pitch” and “tone” are not things that Brit is registering on this. William said the world should be ashamed for trying to make Brit look bad by leaking these unfinished test vocals.
That’s all fine and well and shit, but you know i nailed Alien better than this in the shower this morning (no shame) and I don’t get paid $300,000 a night to do this professionally.
I have to add though that something in the water aint quite right about the sample. It sounds like that shit has been autotuned at the start to make Brit sound even worse. And I guess the world can also turn to the various pieces of evidence out there that Britney can sing and also the substantial evidence that she can’t hold a fucking note.
Personally i think Brit can probably struggle a song out, but in a studio after about four takes. She’s had so much vocal training to send like a prostitute having sex with a frog that her voice is a little fucked up and I don’t think anyone would pay $100 to hear Britney sing live. I heard her sing live in 2004 for ‘Everytime’ and whilst she wasn’t terrible, I wasn’t upset when they put her mic back off after the song.
I also think William Orbit is probably right and this was not Brit giving it her all, but theres no doubt that years of smoking, drugs and whatever the fuck happened to her has left her with an even weaker voice than before.
Either way, at this stage with her records autotuned to a level that is actually distracting as you can hear the glitches on the final mixes and a Vegas show where it’s clear live singing is the least of the production’s priorities – Brit Brit will continue her swan song in Vegas before calling it a day as the world expects, and her ability to sing will be inconsequential.