Britney Spears is receiving a wave of criticism after an alleged clip of Spears’ raw vocals for her song “Alien” were leaked online, without the magic of auto-tune.
The 32-year-old “Work Bitch” singer, released the finished form of the song on her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, released in November 2013.
Critics have called the unedited singing “flat,” “cringe-worthy,” and “downright scary”—but her music producer says it’s not a reflection of the pop star’s true talent.
Brits producer William Orbit seemed to be confirming the track was real while defending the singer from her haters:
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’.
As Gawker points out:
I think this calls for Chris Crocker’s ‘eave Britney Alone’ video: