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Britney Spears - Anticipating (Audio)

Britney Spears
Britney
Released June 25, 2002
Format CD single, 12"
Genre Disco, dance-pop
Length 3:16
Label Jive
Writer Britney Spears, Brian Kierulf, Josh Schwartz
Producer Brian Kierulf & Josh Schwartz

"Anticipating" is a song by Britney Spears from her third studio album Britney. It was released as the fourth single from the album, exclusively in France.[1]

Background and compositionEdit

"Anticipating" was written by Spears, Brian Kierulf and Josh Schwartz while produced by Kierulf and Schwartz. It was recorded at Rusk Sound Studios in Los Angeles, California, the DOJO in Jackson, New Jersey, Sound on Sound Studios and Battery Studios in New York City. It was also mixed at Battery Studios by Stephen George. Audio engineering was done by Aaron Kaplan, Rich Tapper, Jill Tengan and Charles McCrorey. Nile Rodgers played the guitar. Bass guitar and programming was done by Kierulf. Background vocals were provided by Spears and Jennifer Karr.[1]

"Anticipating" is a song with a 1970s disco sound.[2] According to the sheetmusic published at musicnotes.com by Universal Music Publishing Group, the song is composed in the key of F major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 112 beats per minute. Spears vocal range spans from F3 to A4. The song has a basic sequence of B(9)–C–Dm7–B(9) as its chord progression.[3] Lyrically, it talks about friendship and camaradie between women.

Lyrics Edit

Top down, on the strip
Lookin' in the mirror and
I'm checkin' out my lipstick
Girlfriends up in the back
We're out for an all night

Feelin' so crazy cool
Vibe so right
Don't know what they're ready for it
Valet
Baby, here's the keys
We're about to step inside

Skip on the drinks
Head to the floor
Makin' my way
That's for sure
My body's takin' over
And I want some more
(Woah yeah yeah)

I'll be anticipating
This is our song they're playing
I wanna rock with you
You're feelin' this right
Let's do this tonight

Step up
Baby, don't be shy
I know you're feeling me
'Cause you're giving me the eye
And I don't wanna play around
Baby, watch me move
Check this, let's make a scene
Don't leave me waiting longer
Why you wanna make me long for ya?
Move it, baby over here
So we can set it off

We can get down to the DJ's sound
Feel so good, baby all around
Feelin' kinda naughty
Come and get me now
(Oh oh yeah)

I'll be anticipating
(Anticipating)
This is our song they're playing
I wanna rock with you
You're feelin' this right
Let's do this tonight (oh)

Gotta really let me know if you want me
You gotta turn me on and make me feel sexy
Gotta show me you got everything that I need [x2]

I'll be anticipating
This is our song they're playing
(Yeah yeah)
I wanna rock with you
(Yeah oh yeah)
You're feelin' this right
Let's do this tonight
(I feel ya groove ya)

I'll be anticipating
This is our song they're playing
I wanna rock with you
You're feelin' this right
Let's do this tonight

Gotta really let me know if you want me
You gotta turn me on and make me feel sexy
Gotta show me you got everything that I need [x2]

ReceptionEdit

Jane Stevenson of Jam! called "Anticipating" the strongest track in the album.[5] Yale Daily News writer Catherine Halaby called it a "fun, cutesy disco ballad".[6] Nikki Tranker of PopMatters said it "offers Britney’s fans something a little different with a simple tune beautifully underlined by a well-executed ‘70s disco sound".[7] Jim Farber of the Daily News while reviewing the Dream Within a Dream Tour named it along with "Stronger", "[two] girl-power anthems".[4] Katie Perone of the Loyola Greyhound said "[it] is a fun, bubbly song that probably would have had great success on Oops!".[8] Barry Walters of Rolling Stone stated the song is "a euphoric Rick Astley flashback, [where] she emotes without framing her vocals in Nickelodeon-schooled theatricality".[9] Joan Anderman of The Boston Globe compared it to early Madonna tracks such as "Holiday".[10] In the album review, David Browne of Entertainment Weekly criticized "Anticipating" along with "Bombastic Love" for "[relying] on enervated formulas".[11] On July 26, 2002, the song entered at number forty-six in the French Singles Chart. The following week, it peaked at number thirty-eight.

PromotionEdit

The song was performed at the Dream Within a Dream Tour. The performance began with a video interlude of Spears talking to her dancers. She then appeared onstage, wearing a patched denim skirt. The set was made of giant coloring book drawings of houses and cars.[13] After the second chorus, she invited the audience to sing along with her. At the end of the song, she briefly talked to the audience before taking off the skirt and top to perform "I'm a Slave 4 U".[2] Shaheem Reid of MTV noted that during the opening night of the tour in Columbus, Ohio, "Britney must've forgotten that the disco-era throwback cut was brand spanking new, because she kept encouraging everyone to sing along to the chorus [...] Although the crowd clapped and bobbed to the beat, Britney had to go this one alone vocally".[2] The music video, directed by Marty Callner, consisted of footage of the tour performance from Live from Las Vegas. Several effects were added, including a glittering ball and the name of the song appearing on the screen.[14] The song was also promoted in a commercial Spears filmed for Toyota Vios.

Track listingEdit

  • CD Single
  1. "Anticipating" – 3:16
  2. "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" (Metro Mix) – 5:25
  3. "Overprotected" (Darkchild Remix) – 3:18
  • 12" Vinyl (The French Remixes)
  1. "Anticipating" (Remix by Alan Braxe) — 4:07
  2. "Anticipating" (Remix by Alan Braxe) — 1:27
  3. "Anticipating" (Antoine Clamaran Club Mix) — 6:25
  4. "Anticipating" (Antoine Clamaran Instru Mix) — 6:25
  5. "Anticipating" (PK'Chu & RLS' Sweet & Sour Mix) — 5:58
  6. "Anticipating" (PK'Chu & RLS' Hard & Sexy Mix) — 5:43
  7. "Anticipating" (PK'Chy & RLS' Hard & Sexy Dub Mix) — 5:43

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Britney Spears - Anticipating at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs, 2017. Web. 3 Mar. 2017.

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