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JANE STEVENSON

, Last Updated: 4:48 PM ET


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Pop's reigning teen queen, whose third album hits stores Tuesday, sums her predicament up best on the new ballad I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman: "All I need is time/ A moment that is mine/ While I'm in between."

Unfortunately for her, she's not getting any down time soon, as her record company strikes while the iron -- as in her career -- is hot.

Paired with previous Swedish collaborators Max Martin and Rami on several songs, Spears shows little growth on such fluffy dance-pop numbers as Overprotected, Cinderella and Bombastic Love, which sound like NSYNC or Backstreet Boys rejects.

As for her cover of Joan Jett's I Love Rock 'N' Roll, let's just say it's about as good as her version of the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction from her last album.

Instead, it's where Spears contributes as co-writer that her material is the strongest.

Highlights include the harder-edged Lonely, Let Me Be and Boys, on which she declares in Madonna-like fashion: "You're a sexy guy, I'm a nice girl/ Let's turn this dance floor into our own little nasty world!"

But the standout Spears-penned track is the disco-inflected dance number Anticipating, featuring the funky guitar sounds of Nile Rodgers (Chic).

Boyfriend Justin Timberlake sings backup on the album-ending dance-pop song What It's Like To Be Me, which he co-wrote. (More on Britney Spears).

Track Listing

  • 1. I'm A Slave 4 U
  • 2. Overprotected
  • 3. Lonely
  • 4. I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman
  • 5. Boys
  • 6. Anticipating
  • 7. I Love Rock 'n' Roll
  • 8. Cinderella
  • 9. Let Me Be
  • 10. Bombastic Love
  • 11. That's Where You Take Me
  • 12. What It's Like To Be Me

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