Britney Spears and will.i.am are up in da club.
That’s the prevailing sentiment on offer from the duo’s previously-“leaked” new single “Scream and Shout,” which sees the “X Factor” judge and Black Eyed Peas rapper spitting out predictably-vapid cliches like, “When you hear this in the club, you gonna turn this shit up” (voiced by Brit in an odd, vaguely-British accent near the beginning); “See the boys in the club, they watching us” and “When you and I party together/I wish this night would last forever.” So, you know, lots of complex emotions going around.
Musically, the dubstep-y beat on offer is certainly a booty-shaker, but it lacks the extra “oomph” and originality that would make “Scream and Shout” a truly memorable single. It’s the kind of club track that’s serviceable enough in the moment, but it’s not likely to stick in your head on the cab ride home at 2 a.m.
“Scream and Shout” is a single from will.i.am’s upcoming solo album “#willpower,” which has yet to receive a release date.
This is the second collaboration between Brit-Brit and will, the first being “Big Fat Bass” from the former’s Platinum-certified 2011 album “Femme Fatale.”
My grade for “Scream and Shout”: B-. After listening to it below, rate it for yourself at top left.