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Why we're in love with the new Britney single

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The verses throb like a teenage girl's heart when R. Patz whips his shirt off in Twilight. The choruses swirl like your head after a swig of vanilla vodka and win you over pretty much on first listen. Then there's the breakdown: a spoken word bit! Vocal trickery aplenty! Stabbing synths straight outta San Antonio!

And so… Rudimentary lyrics notwithstanding, we're convinced that 'Hold It Against Me' is Miss Spears' best single since 'Womanizer' and possibly 'Piece Of Me'. Although it's produced by the not exactly reclusive duo of Max Martin and Dr Luke, it doesn't sound a Ke$ha/Katy Perry cast-off. It actually sounds like a bang-up-to-date Britney tune for 2011, one that's clubby and au courant enough to scooch alongside the likes of 'Only Girl (In The World)' on your iPod, but confident enough its own skin to rock a nice bit of classic Britters - check out the way she sings "hazy", for example.

Oh B, did we ever really doubt you?

Britney Spears 'Hold It Against Me'


(We might have done, but rest assured we've got the shame now.)

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