Britney Spears' Creative 'Blackout'

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Britney Spears

Even with backup, Britney Spears had trouble with the crowd at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Britney Spears has had what you might call a busy year: A child-custody fight, a much-derided MTV Video Music Awards performance, a public meltdown involving an unexpected hairstyling choice.

But she's recently put out a new album — Blackout, her first studio disc since 2003 — and though there's been much comment about how much she's revealing in the seemingly personal songs, the music is what matters, right? Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review.

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