I've got a lot of Britney Spears concert videos on my YouTube channel, and I do read every single comment posted to them. A lot of them are positives, but there are two common criticisms (aside from the "SHE'S NOT ACTUALLY SINGING LIVE" comment that pops up frequently).
- Lady Gaga is better (which isn't really a criticism, so much as a differing opinion)
- Her choreography isn't as good as it used to be
While I don't necessarily agree with either point in full, Britney's video for her latest single, "Hold It Against Me", should fuel the fire for both of them.
The entire video had something of a "Gaga-lite" feel to it, with a strange retro-techno S&M theme, unexplained paint-fingers and a Britney vs Britney fight scene. I wouldn't go as far as saying Britney was trying to out-Gaga Gaga, but it certainly seemed like she was trying to evoke a certain imagery that doesn't really fit her style.
As for the choreography issue, the more I watched of Britney's last tour, the more I realized that intricate hand motions and lots of movement by the backup dancers had replaced a lot of the actual dancing that had once been Britney's staple. A lot of that is due to the knee injury she suffered years ago while shooting the "Outrageous" video, but it's just as evident in this video. It's clear we're not getting "I'm A Slave 4 U" Britney back any time soon, but its still disappointing to see so much confident stepping in the place of intricate dancing.
When it comes down to it, I still like "Hold It Against Me" a lot, more than many of the songs that were on the "Circus" album, but that album had a killer first video with "Womanizer", and HIAM is not up to that caliber.