Monday, 26 November 2012 12:00

Christina Aguilera - Lotus

Xtina bares it all for her latest album

Christina Aguilera

2.5 stars

Text: Sherman Yang

Baring it all (despite with some help of Photoshop), Christina Aguilera’s new album Lotus is about her rebirth after her experiences in the past few years. Following what some might call a tragic album Bionic, hopes for this album are not very high.

However, lead single ‘Your Body’ shines a glimmer of hope. With a fun beat and saucy lyrics, the track is bound to get you down and dirty on the dance floor.

What better way to utilise some free promo from ‘The Voice’ than to sing with the rest of your co-judges.

Following the hit ‘Moves Like Jagger’ with Maroon 5, Xtina collaborates with both Cee Lo and Blake Shelton on ‘Make The World Move’ and ‘Just A Fool’.

Xtina’s voice still shines through the former with several big notes, but the amount of post processing done to layer over her own vocals is absurd. On the other hand, the duet with Blake Shelton just comes off awkward because Xtina’s pop vocals and Shelton’s country sounds are a complete mismatch. Individually, both singers have amazing talents which show in their solo portions. Sadly, their voices do not harmonise well and sound like they are trying to out-sing each other in the chorus.

While the entire album, which is filled with electronic beats and synthesised tunes, is perfect for a night-out in the clubs, the effects overshadow Xtina’s vocal capabilities. The glaring thing missing from the album is the powerful and emotional vocals that Xtina is known for.

Thank goodness for ‘Blank Page’ and ‘Sing For Love’, which are stripped down and focused on Xtina’s raw vocals. The emotionally-charged tracks are moving and reminiscent of her hits ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Hurt’, and for once in this album, one can actually listen to and appreciate the singer’s vocals.

Recommended tracks: ‘Your Body’, ‘Blank Page’, ‘Sing For Love’

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