Britney is a little too easy to take cheap shots at these days. And not just the obvious rock critic wise crack—all the condescending phony concern is almost worse (are you listening Dr. Phil and Anderson Cooper?). But maybe the real shame—besides the part about the young girl devoured by show business, from the Mickey Mouse club to dancing half naked and wasted on the MTV Awards—is that Britney will probably never be able to put the whole mess of it into her music. (Who knows, though, maybe she has a great album in her yet. Who would have ever suspected that the kid who sang “Cry Like a Baby” would go on to write “The Ballad of El Goodo”; or that the teenage pop bombshell who sang “As Tears Go By” would go on to write “Sister Morphine”?) Fortunately, some other artists don’t have that problem.
So while every tabloid and basic cable entertainment news show tracks Britney’s not-funny-anymore meltdowns, take a second to check out new releases by some of today’s incredible female artists. You can call them the Anti-Britneys. Not because they are strangers to hard times, but because they have an incredible ability to make art out of it.
Hey, Brit, if you’re listening: Go buy these records.