Will.i.am feat. Britney Spears, 'Scream & Shout': Track Review

62 Billboard Rating

WILL.I.AM FEAT. BRITNEY SPEARS
Scream & Shout (4:44)
Producer: Lazy Jay
Writers: William Adams, Jef Martens and Jean Baptiste
Publishers: various
Interscope Records

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has had some trouble setting a release date for his next solo album, "#willpower," especially after the first taste of the full-length, "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" with Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger, was essentially dead on arrival. "Scream & Shout" fares considerably better, with another high-profile guest vocalist dutifully serving her purpose and a beat so elastic that it's hard to pin down on one listen. Britney Spears, repaying Will.i.am the favor for his turn on her track "Big Fat Bass," has her voice robotically altered and secluded to the background, until the infamous "It's Britney, bitch" drop from "Gimme More" adds some of her personality into the track. Will.i.am probably could have utilized Spears' presence in a more efficient manner, but "Scream & Shout's" goal of inspiring awkward dance moves via its impossibly straightforward chorus ­ "I wanna scream, and shout, and let it all out!" -- is soundly accomplished. "Scream & Shout" might not invade wedding playlists as readily as the Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," but it's strong enough to pop up at a Bar Mitzvah or two.

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