- Record Label: RCA
- Release Date: Jun 8, 2010
- 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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|You Lost Me|
|I am done, smoking gun We've lost it all, the love is gone She has won. Now it's no fun We've lost it all, the love is gone And we had magic And...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 3 out of 21
Mixed: 17 out of 21
Negative: 1 out of 21
This triumphant self-possession comes so naturally to Christina that it'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.
For the most part--and in the album's most successful vein--Aguilera plays a hyper-sexed lover bot ready to tie you to the bed posts rather than tie your ears into knots with a well-executed legato.
If nothing else, it all proves that Aguilera is a woman of many parts, which may be the point of this occasionally brilliant and brave, occasionally teeth-gritting and stupid album.
Aguilera's vocal supremacy has always been her multi-octave trump card. Alas, that natural gift is too often negated on Bionic by her penchant for stock step-class beats and an aggressive, exhausting hypersexuality.
Daring as some of the tracks are, they overwhelmingly loop her vocal around a generic house lick that has the effect of giving her very little to do vocally.
Whatever the case, for Christina Aguilera, the x-factor has gone. The daring single minded focus has apparently been lost.
It would've been fascinating to see how far a full-blown collaboration might've taken her, but Aguilera spreads out the songwriting and production credits in search of more hits, most of which come off as flimsy gimmicks.
Positive: 165 out of 209
Mixed: 24 out of 209
Negative: 20 out of 209
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
NoahHJun 17, 2010Xtina's a perfectionist and that's exactly how Bionic sounds. A perfect album, that is solid from beginning to end. A great amount Xtina's a perfectionist and that's exactly how Bionic sounds. A perfect album, that is solid from beginning to end. A great amount of the tracks are single-worthy. It's quite underrated, people used to say she's oversinging, now I hear she's undersinging. I'd say, don't listen to the negativity and give this album a chance and step into it with a free mind.… Expand
CarlosHKJun 10, 2010the best album of the last 4 years. exactly what we were waiting, futuristic sound with ballads that show Christina's voice and nothing the best album of the last 4 years. exactly what we were waiting, futuristic sound with ballads that show Christina's voice and nothing more. That's Christina, no one else.… Expand
Dec 16, 2020Album que me faz tornar fã dessa rainha, jamis vou esquecer o dia comprei o cd fisico e assistir Not Myself Tonight na MTV e ouvir na radio eAlbum que me faz tornar fã dessa rainha, jamis vou esquecer o dia comprei o cd fisico e assistir Not Myself Tonight na MTV e ouvir na radio e claro toda a sabotagem da Lady Virus, ainda não superei esse flop.… Expand
FranzOJun 10, 2010It's an amazing album that has everything for everyone. I love its diversity which some people do not appreciate. I think that is what It's an amazing album that has everything for everyone. I love its diversity which some people do not appreciate. I think that is what makes it a strong record. The benefits from this outweigh the disadvantages so I don't mind - it's amazing to listen to. … Expand
MariaB.Jun 8, 2010Christina is just the best singer of her generation!! and this album shows just that!!
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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