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Countless artists have hidden behind the wizardry of Auto-Tune technology, helping corral their haphazard vocals into some semblance of a melody. Not Britney Spears.
In this newly released leak of Spears’ 2004 smash hit “Toxic,” listeners can hear what her vocals sounded like before Auto-Tune swooped in to finish out the track. Given that “Toxic” is a song filled with challenging intervals and demanding a huge range, you might expect it to have a few rough edges.
You would be wrong.
Think it sounds like the edited version? Yeah, we do too. That’s all credit to Spears innate singing abilities. Here’s the original music video, in case you want to listen to the final mixed and mastered track.
Sure, maybe you can hear the cleanup a little on her doubled-up harmonies, but it’s certainly leaps and bounds ahead of whatever you’re belting out at karaoke night.
Monica Riese now serves as the Daily Dot’s director of production, having previously been the publication’s entertainment editor and assistant managing editor. She is based in Austin, Texas, and formerly contributed to the Austin Chronicle, where her breaking news work was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.