Raw audio of Britney Spears warming up to record her song ‘Alien’ was leaked online and the reactions have been less than pleasant.
According to U.K. publication The Telegraph, Britney’s singing on the 2013 track “might kindly be described as tentative” and she “appears to struggle to hit higher notes and project her voice.”
The audio has since been taken down from Youtube, but if you still want to check it out you can click here.
There’s no shortage of negative reviews and surprised fan reactions on the net that will give you an idea of how the Pop Princess sounds sans autotune:
— Angela Cobb (@angelacobb) July 10, 2014
— Isaac Casados (@IsaacCasados) July 8, 2014
— Sarantos (@SarantosMelogia) July 10, 2014
— PattyChocolateMilk (@PattyChocMilk) July 9, 2014
— Jason Bowers (@BigShotJason) October 21, 2013
The backlash was so great that William Orbit, producer of ‘Alien,’ took to Facebook to speak out in her defense:
Warming up is essential if you’re a pro, as it is with a runner doing stretches, and it takes a while to do properly. I’ve heard all manner of sounds emitted during warmups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.
A generous singer will put something down the mic to help the engineer get their systems warmed up and at the right level, maybe whilst having a cup of herb tea and checking through lyrics before the session really kicks off. It’s not expected to be a ‘take’.
I think that 99% of you reading this will totally understand.
Whomever put this on the internet must have done so in a spirit of unkindness, but it can in no way detract from the fact that Britney is and always will be beyond Stellar! She is magnificent! And that’s that.
What are your thoughts on the track? Is it time for Brit Brit to retire?