Each track is rated out of 5.
Lotus Intro: ***
A nice opening track. It's sort of a anthem about never being defeated and rising back.
Army of Me: **1/2
Not single worthy. It's a track that Chrissie shows off those nice pipes. Again, it's another track about rising back up which I don't really like being listed directly after one. The chorus is pumping nd catchy and the production is good on it, although it gets abit repetative towards the end.
Red Hot Kinda Love: ****
Really love the vocals and structure of this one. Could be a summer anthem. It's a happy throwback to the early 2000s in sound, and could also have passed on Back to Basics with different sound. A great track. Would love to hear this one live.
Make the World Move: ***
This would also fit well on Back To Basics. Another flawless vocal performence. Cee Lo Green fits perfectly with the Big Band vibe and their vocals both compliment each other. The verses are great, and the bridge is great. This could probably pass as a single.
Your Body: ****1/2
This is definately one of the best Xtina singles ever. It's classy and trashy at the same time, and Christina's sex appeal has never wandered. Lyrics have just the right amount of dirty to be mainstream. Her agressiveness and attitutde in this song makes it that much more enticing and it's a real catchy piece of perfection that wont leave your mind.
Let There Be Love: ***
This will probably be a single. It's not overly original, but it's a catchy and uptempo number that would fit well on mainstream radio. It's forgettable, but fits the sound of the album.
Sing for Me: **
Chrsitina's pipes are made for big ballads, but i'm not a fan of her most recent ones. This one breaks out huge in the chorus with a flawless vocal, but it bores me.
Blank Page. **
Of course it's not an Xtina album without ballads, and Blank Page is another flawless vocal performence. I love the arrangment on this one. This is a deep track, but it's another boring one.
Cease Fire: **
A mid tempo tune that is very repetative. The chorus is catchy, but again very repetative.
Around the World: **1/2
It seems the album starts to deteriorate towards the end and that isn't a good sign. It seems abit too try hard and it fails at living up to it's potential although it is another catchy track.
This feels very out of place on the album. The verses are very 90s euro but then the chorus hits. By the time the 2nd verse comes, the track starts to come together and becomes enjoyable after a couple of listens.
Best of Me: **1/2
Another ballad, the track is another one about rising back up, or never getting the best of her, but as a whole it fails to be memorable.
Just A Fool: *
A down-tempo number thats plainer than an araaroot biscuit. The inclusion of some random country singer makes the song tumble for the worse and it doesnt recover. They sound horrible together.
Light Up The Sky: **
Very "Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion" in the verses. The chorus then breaks out and feels out of place.
Empty Words: **
Another big chorus, and seems like album filler. It's a typical Chrissie track that never really goes anywhere and is forgotten on the album.
Shut Up: ***1/2
Reminiscent of "Slow Down baby", in a good way. Love the attitude and agression, and the chorus line of "Shut up, just shut the fuck up" is pretty damn good. Shame it's not on the standard track listing.
Christina Aguilera's return after the underrated Bionic is very mainstream if it was released five years ago. Theres lots of throwbacks to the good old days, but majority of the album is flat and never really goes anywhere. Lead single Your Body is amazing, and bonus track Shut Up is the 3rd best which pretty much says it all. To me personally, Xtina has taken a step back in relaunching the fading career that unfairly maligned Bionic started. The albums has a couple of gems but there is mostly duds and filler which left me dissapointed.
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