Pop celebrity Britney Spears has launched her first single since regaining management of her private and monetary affairs.

The singer has collaborated with Elton John on the duet, Maintain Me Nearer. John informed The Guardian that his crew had been “holding her hand by way of the entire course of, reassuring her that every little thing’s going to be alright”.

John stated he thinks the mashup “could also be” a “massive hit” – and stated that whether it is, it’s going to give the American pop star “a lot extra confidence”, with Spears looking for to reestablish her profession after “such a traumatic time”.

Final 12 months she was “free of the controversial conservatorship that had managed nearly each side of her life for 13 years”, stated the BBC.

Now she has launched her first new music for six years, however some critics are much less satisfied that the tune will shoot to the highest of the charts. 

‘A ruined tune’

“As a paterfamilias to pop stars of all stripes, John is ideally positioned to duet” with Spears, stated The Instances: “what may presumably go mistaken?”. Within the eyes of the newspaper’s chief rock and pop critic Will Hodgkinson, “loads”. 

“Oops, we did it once more and ruined [a] tune,” stated the paper. The monitor’s opening bars are “overproduced”, there’s a “resort foyer-friendly funky bass” and the singers’ voices have been “handled in a approach that makes them sound like they could dissolve into the background fully”. 

The tune takes its verses from John’s 1992 hit The One, and the refrain is customized from the 1971 anthem, Tiny Dancer. Components of Don’t Go Breaking My Coronary heart, from 1976, additionally characteristic. 

To listen to Spears sing “a easy, heartfelt rendition” of Tiny Dancer “may have been extraordinarily affecting”, wrote Hogkinson, however “as a substitute all of the soul has been stripped away”. 

The Telegraph’s music critic Neil McCormick described Maintain Me Nearer as “an ephemeral trifle” that’s “cobbled collectively from two much better songs”. The top product is “probably the most pointless data in pop historical past”, he wrote. Each he and Hodgkinson gave the tune a one-star assessment, with The Instances’s critic describing the collaboration as “a large alternative wasted”. 

Spears’ return “ought to be welcomed with open arms, however Maintain Me Nearer is a false begin”, he stated.

‘A star is reborn’

However the monitor has gained some plaudits. The Guardian’s music author Michael Cragg gave the tune a four-star assessment, describing it as “one other svelte, disco-tinged transforming” of an Elton John basic, following within the footsteps of the prolific artist’s latest collaboration with Dua Lipa on Chilly Coronary heart

“That is no bizarre streaming-friendly curio from a legend trying to fluff their again catalogue,” added Cragg. “It comes tinged with one thing near bittersweet; an instance of what may have been if Spears’ megawatt pop-superstar shine hadn’t been dimmed all these years in the past.” In his view, “a star is reborn”.

The “membership thumper” is “a bit of bit pop, a bit of bit disco and, as Spears’ followers will relish, plenty of her recognizable child doll voice”, stated USA In the present day. The Guardian reported that the popstar “nailed” her vocal efficiency “in lower than two hours”.

The monitor is “a neat, astute, rigorously finessed piece of pop music”, stated Conflict journal. And, it added, it’s “value absorbing the gesture from Elton – it’s simple to pay lip service to #FreeBritney, it’s one other to instantly put her in your report”.

The tune had Vogue’s Christian Allaire questioning who Spears may collaborate with subsequent: “Cher? Mariah? Her shut pal, Selena Gomez? The alternatives are limitless.”