Auto-Tune could be a gift from the gods for singers who are off-key. It’s able to “disguise or correct off-key inaccuracies, allowing vocal tracks to be perfectly tuned despite originally being slightly off-key.” That’s Wikipedia’s explanation, anyway.
This week, an audio track of Britney Spears’ “Alien” has been flitting around the internet. Critics are saying it’s what Britney sounds like before Auto-Tune. But a record producer says it was just Britney warming up, and not a track that was ever used. His way of saying that “Alien” was never sweetened by Auto-Tune.
Give it a listen – see what you think.
Third possibility: there was an open bar just before the recording session started.