With thirty million albums sold worldwide and the prestigious honor of being the only artist under the age of thirty included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, five-time Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera has already achieved an unprecedented level of success. Aguilera’s been hard at work in the studio for the past two years and announced the release of her highly anticipated seventh studio album on November 13th, 2012. Lotus,which is an unbreakable flower that survives under the hardest conditions and still thrives, refers to the "rebirth" Aguilera underwent both personally and professionally being a culmination of everything she’s experienced up until this point. It comes right after the not very successful album Bionic and "Moves Like Jagger", a collaboration with Adam Levine's Maroon 5, which spent four weeks atop the Hot 100 and sold nearly five million copies. This album is unarguably better than the last one but maybe she needed a little bit more of excitement to make it her much needed comeback album even though many tracks actually have monster hit potential.
This album was mostly recorded at her home studio,turning it into a very intimate and personal work where she tried to experimentwith new producers as Alex Da Kid, Sia, Candice Pillay and pop hit-maker MaxMartin, choosing not to work with longtime songwriting partners like LindaPerry. She also went to her "The Voice" colleagues Cee Lo Green andBlake Shelton for help in some interesting and impressive collaborations.
On Lotus you can find songs ranging from the fail-safe basic sounding dance-pop sounds to a few good old-fashioned Christina moving ballads certainly suiting all tastes. The last time she tried experimenting into new grounds the result was2002's album Stripped, a creative masterpiece that helped Aguilera to walk away from her teen-pop audience and brought remarkable hits like "Beautiful," "Dirrty" and"Fighter”. Again it’s clear that she really raised the bar on this record.
Aguilera has been driven to a whole new generation of fans since she started appearing on "The Voice," many of whom aren't familiar with her past work, which is why on this new work Christina is taking some risks with very interesting tracks, proving that she can be very dynamic, looking for a more mature audience than it did on the other albums, finally evolving and dipping into different genres making this album positively different from all her others. Despite of that you can't expect it to stray away from the mainstream pop, which is certainly needed at this point to boost her career.
The lead single, "Your Body" is a sexy, electro-pop track produced by Swedish pop hit-maker Max Martin with exactly the right measure of modern dance influence for mainstream radio and talks about anonymous sex, where Aguilera wants a one night stand with a random guy. It was released on September 17, 2012 receiving positive reviews from music critics and mixed reception on the charts, reaching number thirty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100, while reaching top-forty in some countries. An accompanying music video for "Your Body" was shot in Los Angeles showing Aguileraas a man-killer, killing men after seducing them while omitting the violence by having blue paint and pink confetti instead of blood making it very playful with a charming sense of humor.
The second single "Blank Page" written by Australian song-writer Sia is a simple piano-driven ballad that is the polar opposite of the first up-tempo, sexy single where Christina is not shy to show off her vocal range and really put it on display. It not only showcases Aguilera's impressive vocal powerhouse range, but how much her style has changed with fans calling it the next "Beautiful".
You can surely find great moments where Christina’s makes great use of her vocal force and sexual energy showcasing her powerful, confident and unmistakable voice with no over-singing acrobatics found on some previous works but sometimes her vocal abilities goes unnoticed due to the over use of effects applied in some tracks, something very common on most current modern pop tracks specially when singers don’t have the best vocal abilities.
People will certainly be pleased with this record, as it's clearly a unique work, with new and fresh sounds showing a more mature artist with a more sophisticated and progressive sound. Aguilera's voice sounds as incredible as ever, the songs sound modern and fit in with the type of music dominating the charts these days without being cheesy.
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