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Britney Spears Is So Back — and Now It's Personal

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Britney Spears Is So Back — and Now It's Personal

Britney Spears Is So Back — and Now It's Personal

Britney Spears Is So Back — and Now It's Personal

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Britney Spears makes an infamous appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in September. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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After a months of scandal and perhaps the wrong kind of attention — from a drawn-out custody battle to a widely panned performance on the MTV Video Music Awards — Britney Spears is back in the news. Turns out she's a singer.

"It's been a long time since we've been reminded about that," says Melissa Maerz, a senior editor at Rolling Stone.

Maerz says Spears' new record, Blackout, "is great." Spears may not be writing the songs herself, but the audience does get a peek at her personal side. "She really hasn't talked about her own life in the past," Maerz says. "This is the first time that she's really voiced any true feelings about her life. There's a lot of references to the tabloids and how she feels about trying to take care of her kids at the same time that she's kind of not able to do that so well."

Plus, reviews of new music from Kanye West and the new Bob Dylan biopic.

On our blog, producer Dan Pashman takes a slightly alternate approach to the new Spears' record—call it an analysis of misunderestimation.