Pop celebrity Britney Spears has launched her first single since regaining management of her private and monetary affairs.

The singer has collaborated with Elton John on the duet, Maintain Me Nearer. John instructed The Guardian that his workforce had been “holding her hand by the entire course of, reassuring her that every little thing’s going to be alright”.

John mentioned he thinks the mashup “could also be” a “large hit” – and mentioned that whether it is, it can give the American pop star “a lot extra confidence”, with Spears searching for to reestablish her profession after “such a traumatic time”.

Final 12 months she was “free of the controversial conservatorship that had managed nearly each side of her life for 13 years”, mentioned the BBC.

Now she has launched her first new music for six years, however some critics are much less satisfied that the music will shoot to the highest of the charts. 

‘A ruined music’

“As a paterfamilias to pop stars of all stripes, John is ideally positioned to duet” with Spears, mentioned The Instances: “what may presumably go unsuitable?”. Within the eyes of the newspaper’s chief rock and pop critic Will Hodgkinson, “loads”. 

“Oops, we did it once more and ruined [a] music,” mentioned the paper. The observe’s opening bars are “overproduced”, there’s a “lodge foyer-friendly funky bass” and the singers’ voices have been “handled in a means that makes them sound like they could dissolve into the background solely”. 

The music takes its verses from John’s 1992 hit The One, and the refrain is customized from the 1971 anthem, Tiny Dancer. Components of Don’t Go Breaking My Coronary heart, from 1976, additionally function. 

To listen to Spears sing “a easy, heartfelt rendition” of Tiny Dancer “may have been extraordinarily affecting”, wrote Hogkinson, however “as a substitute all of the soul has been stripped away”. 

The Telegraph’s music critic Neil McCormick described Maintain Me Nearer as “an ephemeral trifle” that’s “cobbled collectively from two much better songs”. The tip product is “one of the crucial pointless information in pop historical past”, he wrote. Each he and Hodgkinson gave the music a one-star assessment, with The Instances’s critic describing the collaboration as “a large alternative wasted”. 

Spears’ return “must be welcomed with open arms, however Maintain Me Nearer is a false begin”, he mentioned.

‘A star is reborn’

However the observe has received some plaudits. The Guardian’s music author Michael Cragg gave the music a four-star assessment, describing it as “one other svelte, disco-tinged remodeling” of an Elton John basic, following within the footsteps of the prolific artist’s latest collaboration with Dua Lipa on Chilly Coronary heart

“That is no extraordinary streaming-friendly curio from a legend seeking to fluff their again catalogue,” added Cragg. “It comes tinged with one thing near bittersweet; an instance of what may have been if Spears’ megawatt pop-superstar shine hadn’t been dimmed all these years in the past.” In his view, “a star is reborn”.

The “membership thumper” is “a little bit bit pop, a little bit bit disco and, as Spears’ followers will relish, numerous her recognizable child doll voice”, mentioned USA Immediately. The Guardian reported that the popstar “nailed” her vocal efficiency “in lower than two hours”.

The observe is “a neat, astute, fastidiously finessed piece of pop music”, mentioned Conflict journal. And, it added, it’s “value absorbing the gesture from Elton – it’s straightforward to pay lip service to #FreeBritney, it’s one other to instantly put her in your document”.

The music had Vogue’s Christian Allaire questioning who Spears may collaborate with subsequent: “Cher? Mariah? Her shut good friend, Selena Gomez? The alternatives are infinite.”