- Summary: Subtlety not being part of Christina Aguileraâ€™s vocabulary, she trades the retro-swing of Back to Basics for the future-pop of Bionic, receiving assists from a roster that reads like a whoâ€™s-who of progressive pop in 2010: M.I.A., Le Tigre, Peaches, and John Hill & Switch, known forSubtlety not being part of Christina Aguileraâ€™s vocabulary, she trades the retro-swing of Back to Basics for the future-pop of Bionic, receiving assists from a roster that reads like a whoâ€™s-who of progressive pop in 2010: M.I.A., Le Tigre, Peaches, and John Hill & Switch, known for their work with Santigold. But like the half-cyborg/half-diva illustration of the album cover, this revamp is only partial. Aguilera hedges her bets by adding a ballad from old friend Linda Perry, gets Tricky Stewart to produce a trio of cuts, drafts Polow da Don and Focusâ€¦ to produce some heavy and slow R&B, respectively, letting enough air into the machines to reassure hesitant fans that she hasnâ€™t abandoned her roots. All this hesitancy means that for as many risks as it takes, Bionic doesnâ€™t feel daring. Apart from the stuttering opener of the title track and glassy chill of â€œElastic Love,â€ notably the two Hill & Switch productions, this never delivers the future shock it promises, but thatâ€™s not necessarily a bad thing, because the robot-diva hybrids are often interesting even when they stumble, as they do on â€œWooHoo,â€ its incessant title loop piercing like a dental drill. Exhibit A in Xtinaâ€™s curious tin ear for sex, â€œWooHooâ€ doesnâ€™t work as temptation, not when the chorus come-on is â€œlicky licky yum yum,â€ but her crassness is no longer alienating as it was on Stripped; itâ€™s simply part of her persona, just like her shameless narcissism, showcased on the closing â€œVanity,â€ where she gets her kid to confirm that sheâ€™s the greatest of them all. This triumphant self-possession comes so naturally to Christina that itâ€™s hard not to wish that she acted so boldly throughout Bionic, letting the entirety of the record be as distinctly odd as its best moments. Frankly, the deluxe edition of Bionic does suggest what the album could have been: itâ€™s supplemented by four bonus songs that are wildly imaginative, whether itâ€™s the clattering, chanting â€œBobblehead,â€ the cool synth glide of â€œBirds of Prey,â€ the perfect new wave pop of â€œMonday Morning,â€ or Siaâ€™s mournful ballad â€œStronger Than Ever.â€ In their place on the album proper are competent, relatively colorless club odes to fashion and fabulousness and Perryâ€™s boring inspirational â€œLift Me Up,â€ songs that play to Aguileraâ€™s persona without inhabiting it. The rest of Bionic -- not just the hipster flirtations and Siaâ€™s trio of richly ruminative AAA ballads, but the tracks directly within Aguileraâ€™s wheelhouse, like Tricky Stewartâ€™s wildly successful, slinky â€œDesnudate,â€ and the sultry slow burner â€œSex for Breakfastâ€ -- find Christina not playing to expectations but simply acting as a natural diva and is all the more compelling for it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine… Expand
- Record Label: RCA
- Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Urban, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Euro-Pop, Neo-Soul
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Sep 12, 2011Altought this album doesn't reach the great sounds of Stripped, Christina did her best as ever. The up-tempo songs like Not Myself Tonight areAltought this album doesn't reach the great sounds of Stripped, Christina did her best as ever. The up-tempo songs like Not Myself Tonight are really energic. The best song of the album is a ballad, Lift Me Up sang beautifully.… Expand
evelynmJun 10, 2010Chrisitna Aguilera has more than a few gems on this album. I love the versatility and the fact that she can give me a song like "NMT" and Chrisitna Aguilera has more than a few gems on this album. I love the versatility and the fact that she can give me a song like "NMT" and than she goes and gives me something like "You Lost Me".… Expand
JonathanMJun 8, 2010This album is fantastic. "Bionic", "Elastic love", "Glam", "I am", "You Lost me" and "Vanity" are masterpieces. Love it!!!! Christina is a genius!!!
HumbertoCJun 11, 2010It is so amazing. Christina really does it again! She is so versatile, amazing vocals! Really satisfies her fans!
JaneSJun 8, 2010Geez..very good album, and Gaga did not invent anything...puleeze...I love Gaga and Xtina but Xtina has been in game for over 10 years and Geez..very good album, and Gaga did not invent anything...puleeze...I love Gaga and Xtina but Xtina has been in game for over 10 years and deserves some respect. The US media has been awful to her..like a pck of Perez Hiltons. YUCK...GO Xtina!!!… Expand
JoeSJun 15, 2010I really found the style confusing and unfocused. It's not original, feels copied from artist like Lady Gaga, Madonna, Rihanna.
TylerDJun 10, 2010Copycat. I've got all the original artists songs and CDs already. No need to buy this outdated and copying the trends CD.
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