Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera


3.0
good

Review

by Bron-Yr-Aur USER (39 Reviews)
June 24th, 2006 | 20 replies | 1,362 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

In the mid to late nineties, bubblegum pop was a trend that had firmly cemented itself into the psyche of pre-teens everywhere, and showed no signs of relenting its’ firm grasp. Acts like Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys drew listeners in with their insatiably catchy melodies and contagious vocal harmonies. While this period in time now a days is generally thought of as a dark cloud over mainstream music that rained one feather light boy band upon our heads after another, it’s generally over-looked that during this blasphemous period of time in music, some genuine talent emerged to the masses at large. Case in point: Christina Aguilera. With a powerful reputation and a voice to match, the fact that superstardom came so relatively easy for her really isn’t too surprising. Before she was "Dirrty", she was a squeaky clean pop goddess with a voice that more than likely kept Britney on edge for quite some time. While a lot of her, shall we say, “antics" tend to override her sophomore effort, the overall vibe you’ll pick up from this album is a fun-loving but eager girl with morals and standards (excluding, of course, some well-placed come-ons and sexually frustrated proclamations).


There are many traits that Aguilera has that set her apart from other pop divas of her time. One such trait is her obviously amazing voice. Said voice can bring unparalleled energy to the jauntier numbers like the voraciously addictive “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)", and lull listeners into a somewhat forlorn trance on ballads like “I Turn To You". The majority of the songs in which Aguilera lends her explosive vocal chords are no less impressive, boasting great arrangements and catchy beats and synth hooks. With that said, there are obviously going to be filler tracks on this, her eponymous debut album, and the fillers that compromise a portion of this album are ridiculously corny. It’s very difficult to take Aguilera seriously in songs like “Obvious", which are essentially cliché 90’s pop. And then, of course, there’s the lyrical content.


While it’s a given that if you listen to Aguilera (or any artist of her ilk, really), you’re not listening to stumble across lyrical revelations manifested in three minute pop form. For all it’s youthful charm and harmoniously gratifying splendor, Aguilera’s breakthrough hit, “Genie In A Bottle" contains arguably some of the worst lyrical content of the entire pop craze. For example.


If you want to be with me

Baby there’s a price to pay

I’m a genie in a bottle, you gotta rub me the right way

If you want to be with me, I can make your wish come true

You gotta make a big impression, I gotta like what you do



While certainly not horrid lyrics, they do symbolize what the times were musically/lyrically, and provide a base for many younguns’ of today to assault her meaningless songs. Quit smirking Metallicaman. Do you think “The Four Horsemen “ is any better?


While some of the ballads are irrevocably corny, some of them sound truly heartfelt. “Reflection" is a emotive number, and while the musical arrangement proves that the songwriters were earning there paycheck, it’s Christina’s voice that really captures your ear. And yes, this was in the movie Mulan.
Around the time of “Love For All Seasons" I began to grow bored. While I listened, I would twiddle my thumbs. After that grew old (rather fast), I began to try throwing pennies into an adjacent cup. When that lost its’ value, I let my mind wander until I came to the conclusion that the next three songs, starting with the aforementioned “Love For All Seasons", are just plain dismal. Elaborate? Of course.


If you manage to keep focus on the previously mentioned three songs, and not let your attention span snap like it will probably want to, you’ll notice something. They contain no melodic hook. As a matter of fact, all three songs rely on Aguileras’ “Whoa"-ing to keep them going, and blatantly ignoring the concept of depth in songwriting. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case with around half of the album itself, with the four charting singles working overtime. While sugary synths and the occasional guitar fill can make some songs contagious, they absolutely destroy others. While the heartfelt balladry of some songs hits home and caresses the ear, others molest it and bore me to tears. The curse of being a pop idol.

While I wasn’t necessarily assuming that the album would render all other pop obsolete (even though in its’ time, it more or less did), I was going to assume some songs offering some fulfillment. So, did it do enough to satisfy? Quite honestly, yes it did. While a lot of the songs are bubblegum trash, there are some authentic pop gems on the album, and whether the song itself is good or not, Christina is superb throughout. Will it satisfy me, the humble reader? That depends. If you can shelve some pride and check it out, you may be pleasantly surprised. If you like catchy melodies, I’d say give it a chance.


Currently, Mrs. Aguilera is working on her Junior effort, Back to the Basics which will succeed the notorious and overall disappointing Stripped. Aguilera claims that the album will be even more complex than its predecessor, which in the world of pop usually pans out to regret. A single, “Ain’t No Other Man" has been leaked and released, and seems to indicate Aguileras’ willingness to continue where Stripped left off, as it does mimic some styles of the songs. While I suppose this could fall under the category of “disappointing", trying to rehash this album would most surely be a devastating mistake for the still-young pop queen. As for you, the reader, there are plenty of other albums like it left over form the culture shock, but the difference is this: this is the real deal talent-wise, and if you’re willing to try and put up with some nonsense filler and cliche lyircs, you may find yourself enjoying it more than you’ll readily admit. Back to the Basics is scheduled for release this summer, and those who enjoy this can only hope it will outdo everything else. Anyway, would you really want another album of hits, filler, and purgatory?




3/5


Pros

Some catchy songs
Clever songwriting
Powerful vocals
Reminds me of a simpler time


Cons

Filler
Unbearably cheesy at times
Tends to drag on and lose my interest about halfway through


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Bron-Yr-Aur
June 24th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh, this didn't turn out like I'd hoped it would. Anyway, all the bold words have a signifigance, if you can't figure it out (which you should be able to) tell me and I'll let you know

metallicaman8
June 24th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Splendid review. got my vote :thumb:

La Revolucion
June 24th 2006



1060 Comments


Good review and all. There's a few good songs on here.

Blindguardian
June 24th 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Overall the album is not going to satisfy you if you like complex songs. Try it anyway"

Sweet not so subtle message, I can't get enough of Come on Over

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 24th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The bolding is really quite confusing in places, it's like being slapped in the face. The review was good but you end up rambling a lot.


Yeah, I know I rambled. I'm just going to explain the bolding. Read all the bolded words in order.

Sweet not so subtle message


Apparently it's more subtle than I first assumed.
This Message Edited On 06.24.06

Blindguardian
June 24th 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you should have written the entire review backwards in arabic to better hide it

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 24th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ha, perhaps. Hmm.... maybe this didn't work so well. Ah well. Whatev yo.This Message Edited On 06.24.06

morrissey
Moderator
June 24th 2006



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet review, and I pretty much agree with you. Though I did rate it a bit higher because Genie in a Bottle is awesome and her voice is something else.

Killtacular
June 24th 2006



1314 Comments


I like the title track.

Does that make me less of a man?

morrissey
Moderator
June 24th 2006



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty much.

Killtacular
June 24th 2006



1314 Comments


oic

I could've sworn this was called Genie in a Bottle.

Bleh.This Message Edited On 06.24.06

RandyfromPennywise
June 24th 2006



752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[QUOTE=blindguardian]you should have written the entire review backwards in arabic to better hide it[/QUOTE]But Arabic is written backwards anyway, so really that'd be forwards Arabic, no?

Blindguardian
June 24th 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

but it would still be backwards for arabic no?

and Christina is pretty hot like reallyThis Message Edited On 06.24.06This Message Edited On 06.24.06

Hatshepsut
June 24th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wouldn't forwards Arabic be the same as backwards english?
Wait.
I don't get it.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 24th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wish I could speak Arabic. That'd be cool.

metallicaman8
June 24th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I speak some Italian. Yeah I'm sweet.

Hatshepsut
June 24th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I take Spanish in school.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2006



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know Klingon, so me and Christina have some sexy dirty talk.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

Blindguardian
June 24th 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I completely derailed this thread at some point and I apologize

btw Christina (we're on first name basis) would look pretty good in that wierd metal spandex that the klingons wearThis Message Edited On 06.24.06

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 25th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No reason to apologize. She would look good in that.



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