Christina Aguilera - Back to Basics

2006-12-18 15:45
 
Gallery: hey, she's good looking and all It's inspiring to see this hard-working artist outgrow her teeny-bopper squeaky clean image, then clean up her skanky act, to emerge as a classy songstress.

Aguilera has released Back to Basics as a tribute to blues and jazz singers as well as a "throwback" to the 20s, 30s and 40s era. She acknowledges the influence her idols Gladys Knight, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, James Brown and Otis Redding among others had on developing her voice and her style.

Back to Basics is intended to take listeners back to where jazz pop started, and into the minds of the groundbreaking legends who paved music's way forward. In Aguilera's own words this theatrical album is "feel-good" music, experimenting with jazz sounds, horns, big bands, muffled mics and circus themes.

The double-disc album includes 22 brand new tracks and exclusive behind the scenes footage of the making of Back to Basics on an enhanced video. On Disc 1 Aguilera works with legendary hip hop producer Chris E Martin, better known as DJ Premier. Those familiar with DJ Premier's style of sampling classics of jazz and funk artists won't be surprised by the throwbacks to the 'Golden Era'.

A few of tracks sampled include "The Thrill Is Gone" performed by BB King, "Charley" performed by the Don Costa Orchestra, "Nearer To You" performed by Betty Harris, "So Seductive" performed by Tony Yayo, "Window Raising Granny" performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips and even her own earlier singles "Genie In A Bottle" and "Can't Hold Us Down". Aguilera also works with UK beat maker Mark Ronson and American rapper Kwamé.

Disc 1 puts a contemporary twist on classic blues and jazz sounds. Steered by DJ Premier's edgy beats and scratching, obscure samples are fused creating a pretty funky album.

Disc 2, by contrast, has a more organic 20s, 30s and 40s sound. Working with Linda Perry – 4 Non Blondes lead singer and songwriter – on the second CD, Aguilera even makes use of vintage microphones. Authentic, ne?

On Back to Basics Aguilera has out-done herself. From the staged photographs in the glossy liner notes to the effected enhanced CD and the weighty collection of first-rate tracks. As a woman who prides herself on evolving her persona and developing her talent one can only hope that Baby Jane (Aguilera's new persona) soon attains the iconic status of the late jazz greats.

- Megan Kakora
Christina is back with her third studio album after a four-year absence. But the pop princess has moved past her dirrrty persona and evolved into the sensual 20s sex siren.

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Jacqueline 2006/09/15 5:10 PM
O.M.G!!!!!!!! OH MY GOODNESS! WHAT A GREAT COME-BACK!! I TOTALLY LOVED HER C.D! I ESPECIALLY LOVED HER SONG " AINT NO OTHER MAN"!! IF THERE IS SOMEONE WHO DOESNT LIKE HER C.D THEN THEY MIST HAVE BEEN DROPPED ON THEIR HEAD WHEN THEY WERE A BABY!! THANXX!! LOTSA LUV. MWHA
Mujun-Boo 2006/09/15 6:17 PM
Dropped on my head? i wasn't dropped on my head. i just don't like her. period.
Autumn 2006/09/15 7:36 PM
Christina Aguilera is da best!!! It is official. Christina Aguilera is my favoure singer of all time. She is SO telented!!! I love her new 30's/40's/50's CD. I have listened to it non-stop and know nearly all the words. Honestly, whoever doesn't like her is CRAZY!!!
Val 2006/12/21 11:43 AM
Definity a period Christina is absolutely doing it with this cd! and "Mujun-Boo" i understand! your having your period! So go do something about it!
belo 2007/03/02 10:52 PM
amazingly talented chrissie is absolutely amazing, comparing her to britney is lowering christina's standards. and whoever says they dont like her knows nothing about talent and good music and yes dropped on their head as a baby
tracey 2007/04/22 7:32 AM
christina is an amzing singr christina is an amazing singer. her back to basics album is amazin, and i know all the words in the album, and who ever is hating on her get an f****** life, your just mad because you possess no talent like she does
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