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Album: In The Zone
Year: 2004

According to , the official website, the suicide in the “Everytime” video has been cut. The reason: “she does not endorse this as a solution to any individual and fully recongnizes that people who go to this length need assistance and advice and should contact their local suicide prevention organization.” The message was posted March 12.

But only 4 days ago, on March 9, the news “leaked” to MTV. In it, the video was described in specific detail. First, in the news buisness nothing ever really “leaks”. It’s intentionally given to someone so it will be reported. However, based on the negative reaction, the idea was dumped. Well, there goes anything interesting that could’ve happened.

“Everytime” written by Britney Spears but really by some other person with the last name Stamalatetos, is yet another ‘serious’ ballad. It’s supposed to be her chance to connect with young and old alike. A reason to see that she is in not in fact a living Barbie doll, but a real person with real feelings. In doing promotion, she has said she is in therapy and into Kabbalah. But like the rest of the publicity, she has contradicted herself too much or backed away from statements too often to be believed. As of now, her public relations team is probably devising another marketing image since “Dark Britney” is not really taking hold.

In the single, she is singing about a breakup. It’s a submissive pop song in which she wants her ex-boyfriend back. She asks her boyfriend in the first verse, “So why are strangers/when our love is strong/why carry on without me?” Then in the chorus she sings, “And I everytime I see in my dreams/your face, its haunting me/I guess I need you baby.” She is unable to move on, however, and pretends she’s still with him. But the most wretched lyrics are sung in the third verse: “My weakness caused you pain/and this song is my sorry.” Every breath you take, Justin and every move you make, Britney will be watching you.

The piano is the focal point until the bridge. Then drums and strings are added to make the song even more maudlin. “Everytime” only makes Britney Spears appear emotionally unstable and co-dependent. Her handlers need to remember why “Toxic” worked: it’s fluffy, dance-pop which doesn’t try to be thoughtful. It just is what it is.

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Me Against The Music

on Mar 16, 2004
actually, the reason the suicide scene was cut was not Brittney's. Her management decided to cut the scene. Brittney has very little control over anything in her career...maybe that's why she ran off and got married to that boy in vegas,,,an attempt to control something,,,anything.

and by the way,,,a guitar with some effects on it drives "take my breath away" , not a sythesizer,,,i've played this song in bands before and am familiar with the orchestration...the keyboard is used more for harmony purposes and to sometimes double the main riff played on the guitar.

but i did enjoy reading your perspective:)

on Apr 13, 2004
how do you know that it wasn't her decision to cut the scene? Do you work with her management? who cares if she is unstable or whatever, did you like the song? Did it appeal to you personally or move you in some way? Did it make you feel something?
on Apr 22, 2004
I loved the music and all ....I don't think they should have cut anything ...I feel the video showed some true facts of first I thought they shouldn't have put that part in because it would put ideas in peoples heads...but then with deep thought.... its there anyway if they are unstable to start with...maybe this will open peoples minds to a fact of life and keep an open mind on all around them... it could be someone close to you and you don't see the signs...we never know
on Jun 02, 2004
I just saw the video for the first time and I thought it was good -- I actually thought she was bleeding from her head -- from the camera (beginning) but I thought that the last part where the boyfriend gets her from the water - was touching. I really liked it -- I thought that it was more like a movie -- and made you want more of the story!!!!!

Anyway -- different strokes for different folks I guess.
on Oct 07, 2004
Whatever the song is supposed to mean, I still love the piano...
on Dec 08, 2004
bad song...really bad and boring song..
on Nov 04, 2006


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