In the state of country music right now, the women who succeed are the women who are willing to do something different. Although "How Could I Want More" didn't get a lot of radio play, it did create quite a buzz around Spears, which has helped her. That song was different and honest, and it paid off. "Sleepover" isn't different. It sounds the same as a lot of other songs.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad song. It's country enough to not be accused of mis-labeling, and the melody is nice enough. The lyrics are empowering, and the song overall is a pretty decent song. But there's no spark. With "How Could I Want More," "Shotgun Wedding," "Big Bad World," and the other songs on Spears's debut EP, it was so personal. You could match up some of her lyrics with headlines you had read six of seven years before. You could almost feel her heart and soul in the songs. It was vulnerable and beautiful. But with this song, it's bland. There's nothing in this song that shows Spears is capable of being an incredible artist, which was easy to see with "How Could I Want More.' Maybe this is the weakest song on Spears's next project. Maybe she's written and cut a lot of songs that have the same fire and passion that "How Could I Want More" did. But it's not easy to see that with this song as a lead single.
Overall rating: 2 crowns