Ms. Spears has been causing quite a commotion in the media of late.
Ms. Spears has been causing quite a commotion in the media of late. She wants the world to know what it feels like for a girl (in the spotlight) who is entering womanhood. Simply put, Spears, 21, wants nothing more than the freedom to express herself. "In the Zone" is Spears doing just that. Certainly the singer's most grown-up recording, the dance/electronic-leaning collection is a cross between Madonna and Kylie Minogue—at their most sexy. In the hot "Showdown," Spears sings, "I'll let you touch me if you want/I see your body rise, rise." Consider this Spears' own version of the Zone diet. Other choice cuts include the scorching dancefloor jam "Breathe on Me," the woozy "Early Mornin' " and the tender "Everytime." Tracks like "Shadow" and "The Hook Up" do not fare as well. Still, "In the Zone" hits more than it misses.—MP