A.V. Club Most Read

News Newswire Great Job, Internet!
TV Club All Reviews What's On Tonight
Video All Video A.V. Undercover A.V. Cocktail Club Film Club
Reviews All Reviews Film TV Music Books
Features All Features Game Review TV Club
Sections Film Tv Music Food Comedy Books Games Aux
Our Company About Us Contact Advertise Privacy Policy Careers RSS
Onion Inc. Sites The Onion The A.V. Club ClickHole Onion Studios
Get The Latest

Here’s a recording of Britney Spears without AutoTune

As long as “leaks” have existed, unaltered and unflattering vocal tracks recorded by non-beloved female singers have fallen into the hands of the general public. (Just ask Linda McCartney.) Today, Britney Spears joins that club with her unpolished, unflattering, and AutoTune-free version of “Alien,” a track off her last record, Britney Jean. On the cut, Spears comes off flat and affectless—though it’s worth noting that the track’s producer, William Orbit, says the vocals aren’t from a “final take,” but rather a “vocal warm-up.”  As Orbit notes on his Facebook page,

“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’.”

All that being said, the track exists and everyone’s still going to listen to it, so here it is.

Submit your Newswire tips here.