As Spears and producer Dr. Luke both promised, the finished version of the song is "way better" -- brighter and grittier synths, a punchier throb, a warped bridge reminiscent of the most twisted parts of "Toxic." It's like a touch of "Ooh Ooh Baby" from "Blackout" being scraped against "Shattered Glass" from "Circus" with the tempo cranked -- listen to both songs below for proof. And since Spears has been putting out her most imaginative and propulsive dance music since her dark period (2004-2008), the fact that she's drawing heaviest on her most recent work (despite the fact that she's reunited with some of her earliest collaborators, Luke and Swedish hitmaker Max Martin) is great news.
Lyrically, Spears doesn't break any new ground on "Hold It Against Me" -- the title and chorus are a variation of a dated pick-up line -- but while the song is about nabbing a guy in a club, it's far less racy than her two most recent singles, "3" and "If U Seek Amy."
Fears about the song getting yanked have been calmed by Spears' own tweet regarding the song's premature arrival: "Don't #HOLDITAGAINSTME for coming out early. I couldn't wait any longer. Hope you don't mind..... - Britney." So listen and get pumped for Brit's seventh studio album in March, which you can read all about here.
"Hold It Against Me":
And the two older songs for comparison:
"Ooh Ooh Baby"
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