Britney Spears’ new album is ‘Glory.’ It’s the much-anticipated 9th studio album from the pop icon and as it arrives, the critics are sharply divided. Find out what they have to say in their reviews.

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Yes, Britney Spears has made her much anticipated return with a new album that, unfortunately, has leaked a few days before its scheduled release. Tucked away for years now in that ongoing residency in Las Vegas she emerges once again to try her hand at ruling the charts. Her previous album ‘Billie Jean’ of 2013 got but a tepid response both from critics and from fans. Shockingly, it was the lowest charting album of her career.

Naturally this pushes the “comeback” narrative once again for an artist who, admirably, made a huge comeback after a disastrous 2007 meltdown.

The rollout has been rolling in the usual way, mostly. First there was the teaser music video-slash-perfume commercial ‘Private Show’ that gave her a chance to display her signature dance moves and her toned physique. Then there was the racy come-hither single ‘Make Me (Oooh)’ with rapper G-Eazy. Then there was the music video for the single that got banned — or almost banned — and that got a buzz.

Months before all of this she dropped some vague hints, telling E!News the album was “s a little melodic, a little more not so poppy. It’s kind of chill. Very chill.”

And then, as happens so often in this digital era, the album leaked days ahead of scheduled release which, in turn was calculated to coincide with her performance at the MTV MVAs for the first time since that 2007 performance that was as sad as it was disastrous.

Here’s what the critics have to say about whether or not ‘Glory’ lives up to its auspicious title.

“….The album is much livelier than predecessor Britney Jean, which arrived in 2013 and became her lowest-selling album to debut on the charts. Glory contains the previously released “Private Show,” “Do You Wanna Come Over?” and “Clumsy,” all of which were issued to streaming services over the past few weeks. Elsewhere on the album, the songs’ paces vacillate, but Spears is clearly here to party…..” –Billboard

“….The album breaks no new ground either sonically or lyrically, but that’s fine; one does not come to Britney Spears to encounter the avant-garde. Still, some of these songs are experimental within the context of Spears’ oeuvre. ….” –Celebuzz

“….But where Spears’ previous album had saving graces like “Till the World Ends,” “3” and “Gimme More,” “Glory” lacks repeat worthy tracks. The closest she comes is with the sensual opener “Invitation,” a pop anthem that drowns Spears’ vocals in thrilling electronic sounds….” –

“….By eschewing the harsh, dubstep-influenced EDM of her past two albums and embracing subtler pop and R&B sounds, Britney’s made her most daring, mature album in years…..” –Slant Magazine

Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see Britney Spears’ ‘Glory’ album cover art and the much buzzed about ‘Make Me’ music video below!