- Audio CD (15 August 2006)
- Language: English, English, English
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B000G759LW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Back to Basics CD
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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.
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That said, I bought this album based on the song "Hurt' and reviews on Amazon that likened her work to Fiona Apple and other bluesy, jazzy singers. I wasn't disappointed. Christina's vocals are unbelievable. Her control is more fine than the pre-druggy Whitney Houston. She also has firmly planted herself in first place among the other kid singers, i.e. Britney and that ilk.
Christina is still a kid, but she has shown a maturity on this album, I think. I love the look of the album is that of an old RCA record and there's even the vinyl groove scratches on some of the songs. I've played the second disc more since I bought Back to Basics and I've been pleased. The opening song, Enter the Circus, is beautiful. Candyman is fun (even as an old stodgy, I smile at her "Panty dropping" line. Of course, Hurt is the highlight. It showcases her talent with a minimal amount of music. She carries the tune by herself.
I am somewhat surprised that I like this album so much. But she conveys an earlier era of music and it's fun. Sounds like something from the 1930s Harlem clubs. This album really propels Christina Aguilera into the higher echelon of all singers.
But, the sexy singer from "Stripped" can still be found with tracks like "Still Dirrty," which is a great dance song and "Nasty Naughty Boy," a slow tortuous ballad which made me envision Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Fabulous Baker Boys." (You know the scene--in the red dress singing on top of a piano?)
Other notable tracks include "Slow Down Baby, "Oh Mother" (as high calibur as "Beautiful")and "Makes Me Wanna Pray." This may be her best album to date, and certainly it shows she has tremendous talent. Buy it, there is something here for everyone.
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.