OMG OMG Don't Stop The Pop gave me a shoutout on their front page *fangirly shriek* Here's what they said: "This is one of the BEST popblogs out there. I wish I'd found it earlier!!!" I love that site. Anyway...just getting into the mindset of a teenybopper in the early '00s before I watch people get eliminated on American Idol tonight. (Kellie Pickler annoys me greatly, but i'm not delusional enough to think she's going tonight.)
At the end of 2000, Max Martin closed Cherion, and started another studio called Maratone. 2001 was a quiet year for them, with only a handful of tracks on Britney's half-self-titled third album. This is around the stage when teen pop was rapidly becoming unpopular in the United States, and Britney ran to the Neptunes and other hip-hop producers to "cool" up her image. Honestly, the Max Martin tracks on Britney are not the best work of either ("Bombastic Love"? Come on.) so I can't completely blame her.
Overprotected - Third single off the album, and by far the best one Max did on it. Overprotected (Darkchild remix) - The American single version, remixed by hip-hop producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. However, even that didn't make it successful. I'm Not A Girl (Not Yet A Woman) [Spanish Fly Remix Radio Edit] - Okay, i'll put it out there right here. I liked Crossroads. I saw it in the theaters twice (although the second was in a dollar store theater where there was nothing else good on) and bought the DVD. This song was co-written by Dido, and had cheesy lyrics, but as a young teenage girl, I could relate to it. If there is such a thing as songs with "Britney's best vocals", this would probably be one. This is a nice dance remix of it.
2002 is up next. It was another slow year, with the exception of Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter's underrated flop of a solo album. Don't worry, we're just gearing up for what we all know is coming...