Britney Spears may not have done it — again — but someone released an outtake from her 2011 Femme Fatale recording sessions Sunday. The track, titled “Unbroken” appeared on line Sunday night, much to the delight of Britney Spears faithful fans who hailed the new-old song as better than the tracks on her lackluster 2013 album Britney Jean.
The track is a peppy dance number heavy on the digital production elements including noticeable fine-tuning of Britney Spears’ singing voice. Nonetheless, “Unbroken” is upbeat and catchy, leaving fans to wonder why the song never made it on to any album, neither Femme Fatale nor Britney Jean.
Featuring such lyrical couplets as, “You put the pieces back together, make feel like I was never open/You make me feel unbroken,” the fast-paced tune is reported to be a demo recording produced by Fraser T. Smith, the 43-year-old English songwriter and producer who has also penned and produced songs for Adele, Lily Alen, Cee Loo Green and others, as well as the Britney Spears Femme Fatale album.
Because the track is a demo recording, the overall sound quality doesn’t quite match up with an “official” album track, but given that the song was never issued as a finished recording, fans were happy to get “Unbroken” in whatever state it happens to be in.
The latest Britney Spears album has been met largely with indifference by fans and that apathy was reflected in sales. The Britney Jean album debuted in December, selling just 107,000 copies in its first week and reaching Number Four on the Billboard chart.
That showing made Britney Jean only the second of eight Britney Spears albums to debut lower than Number One. The other was Femme Fatale which came in at Number Two, but moved 276,000 copies in its first week, close to three times as many as Britney Jean.
Maybe the new Britney Spears album would have done better if it included “Unbroken.” Listen for yourself, below, Britney Spears fans. What’s your verdict?