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Christina Aguilera has transformed her image and musical style with every album. With the new Back to Basics album, her musical style has changed from the urban and light rock sounds of Stripped to a soulful and jazz-inspired album. Aguilera has described her upcoming album as a soul record combining elements of 1920s, '30s and '40s blues and jazz with modern day influences. The album's title was confirmed in the March issue of Rolling Stone magazine, and Aguilera was featured in a cover story of ELLE UK magazine confirming her work with producers Mark Ronson and P. Diddy. The record finds her working with hip-hop producers DJ Premier, Kwame and Ronson for the first time. It will also find her working with Linda Perry, who worked with Aguilera on Stripped (2002). In February 2006 at MTV's TRL Awards, she previewed three unmastered tracks from the upcoming album including "Candy Man" and "Back to Basics". Back to Basics is a double-CD.
Back to Basics, Christina Aguilera's first disc in four years, refines and clarifies the--let's call it "sexy"--aura surrounding this platinum firebrand. Here, the best belter in a class that counts Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears on its roll call has turned her attention to love songs: the supercharged and ubiquitous first single "Ain't No Other Man," for one, and the hushed stunner "Save Me from Myself" for another. That doesn't mean she's foresworn being nasty, though. Dive deep into this set, past the gorgeous crackle that frames the old-school jazz-, blues-, and soul-inspired tracks on the first disc, and you'll reach a playful and familiar raunch; "Candyman" celebrates a "one-stop shop" who "makes the panties drop" to a boogie-woogie beat, and "Nasty Naughty Boy" sends out a heated, big-beated invitation to "sip on my champagne/Cause I'm gonna give you a little taste/Of the sugar below my waist." Thoughtful listeners should snap out of their fascination with Xtina's undiminished yet newly un-tramp-like sexuality, though, because what they'll really want to focus on throughout these 22 tracks is the honest-to-God artistry. While the rock producer Linda Perry helps disc two pop in interesting and unexpected ways (check the muffled blues number "I Got Trouble" and "Mercy on Me," an obvious nod to Fiona Apple), DJ Premier, a mainstay on Jay-Z and Nas projects, pipes a batch of aural high-fives into the nostalgia-bitten first disc (the deep-down funk of "Back in the Day," the strut-strut early hip-hop sound of "Still Dirrty"). Their nudges aside, though, Back to Basics is all Aguilera's baby--she executive-produced, and she's found herself artistically. Nobody would argue, in fact, if she swiveled around the chorus to "Ain't No Other Man," written for her husband, and aimed it at herself: "You got soul, you got class/You got style, you're bada--." --Tammy La Gorce
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The rest of the songs are varied and very mixed, with a bit of everything thrown in. I especially liked Hurt and Mercy on Me, having a soft spot for songs that are more romantic or torch song style.
The bottom line - is this one worth buying? Absolutely. Will you like EVERY song? Probably not. But there is enough here to outshine so many supposedly "great" artists out there, that you're likely to be pleased with this one...and you can always skip past the songs you don't like.
She delves sort of deep and gives you her all. I appreciate that she is contemporary pop's best voice and probably will remain for a while. All the luck to her really.
The lyrics to this CD are pretty good, especially for pop music but she still has room for a little growth. She can also do without so many songs about her lovely hubby, Jordan. We got the point before this experience was over.
It has its moments where it really shines, but honestly, nobody but hardcore fans should have to pay the [...] bucks amazon and other stores are selling it for. Just because it's a double disc doesn't mean you're getting extra stuff, besides a lousy video or so. I have seen amazon in the past, selling it for 11.99 which I thought was fitting, but now it has skyrocketed back to its over-bloated price. >_>
This CD is pretty much on par with her first self-titled debut, but that was catchier. It showed a bit of sadness too, and self-assurance which I liked quite a bit. And she's definitely an artist that I'm going to watch out for whenever the new material decides to surface again.
I'm sure it'll be pretty damn good. As long as she continues to write her stuff.
It's a shame that her and Scott Storch went through it because he helped her write some great songs on her last outing.
What are my favs here?
Ain't No Other Man
Slow Down Baby
Here To Stay
I Got Trouble
Save Me From Myself
Like I've mentioned before, she's got the vocals, she's got the incredible, almost Mariah Carey-like range (which I find amazing, and she can do it better, with the better voice and all) and she's got the skills to write a decent song to pass the time.
I have written a review about this CD before but am much prouder of this one. I hope you can find this for 12 bucks or less, because that would be money well spent.
You like the sounds of modern R&B
You have yet to own one of her CDs
You like producers who sample
You want a nice, voice of pop that isn't going anywhere any time soon
You love your boyfriend/hubby a lot, and want something to relate to
You want a fresh artist who speaks her mind (look for Nelly Furtado's Whoa, Nelly! and Folklore albums too; these girls have many similarities!)
I believe this to be her weakest entry. Christina Aguilera > Back To Basics << Stripped
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And the quality could be better.