Back To Basics - Christina Aguilera
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  • Summary: The 'Basics' in the title of this double-disc set are the jazzy blues and soul sounds of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, which Aguilera tackles with the help of Linda Perry and DJ Premier.
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  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. Ultimately, Aguilera's the only one of her peers with the vocal prowess to pull it off.
  3. No doubt the album of her career.
  4. At one disc, this would have been nothing short of masterful. [24 Aug 2006, p.96]
  5. 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.
  6. This rather bloated record should be regarded as a disappointment - an interesting one, but a disappointment none the less.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 160
  1. tenzingd
    Aug 9, 2006
    christina´s versatile voice is a strength she uses to idolise the great singers of blues and jazz of the past. I have already listened the album, back to basic. She is getter better and better. she blows you out. Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    I Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove this album Collapse
  3. ChristianA
    Aug 16, 2006
    first listen, immediately fell for some songs and felt like i wanted more from others. second listen, i loved most songs and understood the rest. now, i can't stop listening to the album. critics will be critics, and in the end it's all politics. i admire her risk-taking and in the end, like other risk-takers, it will pay off. christina is an artist, undeniably, and an inspiration. Expand
  4. mAzc
    Sep 5, 2006
    I think this album is fab! Craggy has got such an interestin n unique voice! Best album of the year!
  5. Ben
    Mar 16, 2007
    This is my favorites album!!!!!
  6. JamesB
    Aug 24, 2006
    one of the most original albums of the year...well done Aguilera!
  7. MandyD
    Aug 14, 2006
    Isn't even worthy of being released. She's so fake.

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