The song is one of a handful of bonus tracks on the new deluxe edition of Spears’ 2016 album, Glory, which was released Friday, December 11th. As such, the origins of “Matches” are a bit unclear — whether it’s an outtake from the Glory sessions or a more recent collaboration. (Rolling Stone has reached out to a rep for Spears for additional information.)
Either way, “Matches” is a delightful hit of contemporary club pop accentuated with dramatic strings that are somewhat reminiscent of the Max Martin-style songs that made Spears and BSB superstars. Most importantly, “Matches” provides a unique chance to hear those one-of-a-kind Backstreet Boys harmonies alongside Spears’ equally singular vocals.