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This review is from: Lotus (Deluxe Version) (Audio CD)After experiencing a career rebirth of sorts piggy backing on Maroon 5's smash "Moves Like Jagger", Christina Aguilera's "Lotus" rides on the wave of that success. Lead-single "Your Body" is a sweaty stomper that takes no prisoners with its addictive "Oh oh oh" refrain.
"Lotus Intro" is rather trippy with intricate vocal layering and slowed electro beats. The Dance/Rock "Army Of Me" is the "Fighter" of the album, with the lines ''There's a thousand faces of me, and we're gonna rise up... for every time you wronged me, Well, you're gonna face an army, army of me" set to angry thumping beats. "Red Hot Kinda Love" is a playful retro-tinged groove, the Electro Funk "Make The World Move" features her Voice co-coach Cee-Lo Green (though he is criminally under-utilized, you hardly notice he's there), the catchy "Let There Be Love" is Techno with stabbing synths, "Around The World" is set to Hip Hop/Martial beats, while "Shut Up" is a sulky rocker set to Hip Hop Beats. There's nothing as tuneless as "Woohoo" or "Elastic Love" thankfully.
The rest of the album comprises ballads, with the Country-tinged "Just A Fool" featuring another Voice co-coach Blake Shelton. For those who like a good holler, there's "Sing For Me", sure to be a regular on future episodes of The Voice, X Factor, or Idol. The best ballads though are The spare piano ballad "Blank Page" which finds her confessing "I know there's pain, but people change, Lord knows I've been no saint", the epic "Cease Fire" which is set to skittery martial beats, the rather lovely guitar-driven Pink-style "Circles" which finds her inviting some unlucky person to "Spin around in circles on my middle finger", and the anthemic "Best Of Me".
It's not quite the blockbuster it could have been (the tracklist could do with a little trimming), but still, a welcome return to form.