You all know I'm a Britney Spears fan. I've already dedicated a Tuesday Track post to "Work B**ch" , and now I'm dedicating this post to "Perfume", the second single off of Britney Jean.
"Perfume" is a beautiful ballad that showcases Britney's vocals over lush string instruments, a sparkly piano, and 2013 bass. Britney hasn't sung with as much conviction, emotion and power on a song like "Perfume" for years, if not ever. I'm not over-exaggerating, Britney sounds amazing. This song is such a stark contrast from her dance tracks that sometimes robotize her voice so much that she sounds more like a computer than a human being. But that comes with the territory of club music.
"Perfume" is all about Britney being worried that her man is cheating on her with another woman. This could correlate to Spears' split with Jason Trawick, a man she was destined to marry, or maybe farther back to Justin Timberlake, her hardest breakup ever. Either way, the emotion Britney exudes through "Perfume" is real, raw and revealing.
Part of this song's success is due to Sia's song-crafting. Her alternative sound and knack for writing melodies helped Britney soar to new heights, not Adele-like heights, but vocal heights people didn't know Britney was capable of.
"I’ll never tell, tell on myself but I hope she smells my perfume."