Christina Aguilera
Bionic


2.0
poor

Review

by For Meatplow USER (61 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2010 | 114 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This contrived and commonplace style is sure to have a few people dancing, but beyond that, the album doesn't serve any other leisurely purpose.

I find it ironic that Christina Aguilera complains about her claim to fame, "Genie in a Bottle" but has no visible qualms with releasing the electronic-addled, Bionic, years later, essentially going back to the roots which she herself has criticized, only this time with a more adult state of mind. Her "electro-sexual" style is much different than that of her debut, but the premise is the same. She's no longer embracing her emotions; she's holding tight to her sex appeal, referencing her anatomy more than anything genuinely driven by pathos. To boot, one of her strongest songs's common staples, insecurity, has been replaced by a tired confidence, which, in the context of her music, is fitting, but still cold and manufactured. Many will combat this claim with Aguilera's maturity; it's evident, and could possibly have affected her emotional and mental stability. However, it doesn't seem that Aguilera's making another happy record. She seems to be making the fame record.

Though Aguilera is obviously a more articulate woman than she was on her debut, she seems to be stuck in neutral, falling back to her innuendo-laden style and loving every second of it. Of course, she's holding her chin up high while she's doing it, which is surely, to her, a reflection of her wisdom and comfort. Her sound's imbued with happiness on Bionic, and, as her title suggests, she's not wondering where she faltered. She's invincible, hiding in a shiny chrome shell; however, that's just her problem. As Aguilera's career jumps from modern takes on jazz and acoustic ballads to electro-pop, she's returning to her buzzing synths and cold tones in a way that forces her into the narrow confines of her genre, drawing many a comparison to Lady Gaga, but without the charisma or the memorability. Tracks like "Not Myself Tonight" show this comparison at its fullest. Everything from the oversexed, overtly modern feel to the slew of almost-memorable theatrics are just pale imitations of Gaga - just less fun, catchy, and original. "Prima Donna" also has Aguilera trademarking her run-of-the-mill club-friendly pop sound. Unfortunately, her voice doesn't carry many songs to new heights; it just sits there without life or spirit. Sure, she might occasionally slip into a belt or two, but ninety percent of the time her voice is just another component of Aguilera's sound. Meanwhile, the same-old-same-old pop themes get touched by a very mainstream and equally collaborative force.

Bionic has Aguilera team up with many hit artists, such as the newest-thing Nicki Minaj, to boost her appeal, and occasionally experiment with the basis of her sound. To put it simply: when she fails, she fails miserably, becoming an uninspired hype-woman above standard club beats. That's mostly because, at this point, she's concerned with her reception, not her sound. But even when she puts some sort of innovation into it, half the time she sounds gimmicky, and the other half of the time it comes too little, too late. Sure, she's never really done the four-on-the-floor beats before, but neither has she been so insipid, boring, or idiotic. It's strange that over a decade after her debut's release, she's just become less intelligent with her lyrical base, talking about nothing more than her sexual fantasies. Similarly, she traffics only in the ridiculously cliché electronic pop style. However it's all just so expected and forgettable that Bionic becomes nothing more than a contrived and hackneyed pop album. But that itself is just a mediocre product that's completely inoffensive and easy to forget. What plunges Bionic past the pit of mediocrity and into a realm of no return is the fact that it doesn't feel like Aguilera whatsoever. She's trying to say something using someone else's vocal cords, hardly trying to masquerade the affects of the façade, and coming up short for it. It's quite a shame, too, because it makes Bionic look only more shallow, shiny, and cold than it already had. This contrived and commonplace style is sure to have a few people dancing, but beyond that, the album doesn't serve any other leisurely purpose.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BigHans
June 22nd 2010


26454 Comments


Awesome review, wont be listening to this unless it comes with a sex tape of her.

Bitchfork
June 22nd 2010


7584 Comments


Yeah it's called the video for Not Myself Tonight. Js.
Thanks for the praise as well.

Nikkolae
June 22nd 2010


4870 Comments


somehow when i saw this revie i thought immediately that Atavan had written it

Digging: Modern Witch - Unknown Domain

Bitchfork
June 22nd 2010


7584 Comments


Nah....

BSX
June 22nd 2010


1636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Hey electro-sexual is my word! =P

Digging: Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

SeaAnemone
June 22nd 2010


20970 Comments


i used 'electro-virginity' in my review yesterday you copy-cat


oh and don't say 'pun intended' it's just stupid

Digging: Viet Cong - Viet Cong

Relinquished
June 22nd 2010


26012 Comments


atavan gon kill u

Mordecai.
June 22nd 2010


8282 Comments


dead

AggravatedYeti
June 22nd 2010


7685 Comments


nice review
won't listen.

BSX
June 22nd 2010


1636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@SeaAnemone: Let's sue! How about $40 million in distress and personal damages?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2010


8393 Comments


very good review, enjoyed it a lot

fromtheinside
June 22nd 2010


19166 Comments


i'm still kind of interested in this. unless her voice is dead...

Digging: Techno Animal - The Brotherhood of the Bomb

mvdu
June 22nd 2010


612 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agree, but I really like those Sia collaborations. Their light touch is perhaps a direction for her to explore.

cirq
June 22nd 2010


9265 Comments


Awesome review, wont be listening to this unless it comes with a sex tape of her.

yesyesyesyes.


Bitchfork
June 22nd 2010


7584 Comments


oh and don't say 'pun intended' it's just stupid

Thank you, Eric.


And thanks to everyone who praised me as well.

Counterfeit
June 22nd 2010


17819 Comments


I expected this to be very Gaga esque. amirite?

cirq
June 22nd 2010


9265 Comments


im a genie in a bottle babyy

Bitchfork
June 22nd 2010


7584 Comments


I expected this to be very Gaga esque. amirite?

It's less poppy and a bit more electro but yeah the base of their sound is identical. That, and Gaga does this sort of thing like 6 times better, js.

Counterfeit
June 22nd 2010


17819 Comments


Yeah I figured, Christina needs to just be Christina.

eternium
June 22nd 2010


16340 Comments


Needs to go back to Dirrty, just because it's almost porn. Video-wise. Could care less about the music.



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