Back To Basics - Christina Aguilera
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It may be all about style, it may be a little crass and self-centered, but it's also catchy, exciting, and unique.
  2. Aguilera doesn't have the gravitas of her heroes, and her forays into bluesy torch singing and '40s-style swing are stiff and mannered. But she needn't genuflect before the past -- she can make her own glorious kind of 21st-century noise.
  3. No doubt the album of her career.
  4. 80
    Psychedelically strange and outrageously entertaining. [Oct 2006, p.99]
  5. Ultimately, Aguilera's the only one of her peers with the vocal prowess to pull it off.
  6. She's found herself artistically.
  7. A truly soulful pop album, at least for one disc, Back to Basics is one of 2006’s best when Linda Perry’s fingerprints aren’t present.
  8. Good taste in collaborators and a voice that has the capability to head heaven-bound all combine to make this an inconsistent, but ultimately rewarding listen.
  9. 60
    Labored production isn’t the only problem.
  10. At one disc, this would have been nothing short of masterful. [24 Aug 2006, p.96]
  11. The album carries a slight-but-distinct theatrical odor. [Apr 2007, p.56]
  12. The first disc contains all the major American radio hits, but at no small price. It's all craft and very little heart. Disc two, then, comes as welcome respite.
  13. Sadly, CD2 is a disastrously misjudged, cartoon homage to juke-joint jazz. It is awful. [Oct 2006, p.122]
  14. Contains a roughly even number of great songs and lousy ones.
  15. Beyond the retro instrumentation, however, it's unclear what Aguilera has really learned from her idols.
  16. This rather bloated record should be regarded as a disappointment - an interesting one, but a disappointment none the less.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 320 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 159
  1. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    I Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove this album Full Review »
  2. Dec 4, 2013
    10
    This is the album that Beyoncé always wanted to do, sophisticated, well crafted and extremely tasteful, Back to Basics itself as a masterpiece of Christina Aguilera. Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2013
    10
    Now, that's is what they call music. It's an amazing pop album flavored with 40's, 50's, 60's Jazz and Blues materials. The lyrics are amazing same th the beats and the vocal performance. A true masterpiece. Full Review »