Review - Christina Aguilera - Lotus (Deluxe Edition)
Christina had a lot riding on this album, and we all know it. Her last effort, ‘Bionic’, was pretty much a mess, even though it had been touted as a new coming for Christina.
Thankfully, we didn’t hear such massive claims for ‘Lotus’. Perhaps they knew from the beginning that this wasn’t going to be a great album for her.
Well, to be truthful, it isn’t. ‘Lotus’ is nowhere near as large a fumble as ‘Bionic’, but it also doesn’t come close to the vision and the wonderful production that an album like ‘Back To Basics’ did. ‘Lotus’ is closer to ‘Stripped’ in comparison, only without and classics that will stand the test of time.
I probably sound really nasty with this review, but I don’t mean to. ‘Lotus’ is actually a lot better than I thought it would be. I had low hopes for this album, and the songs and the fun that I had listening far exceed what I was expecting. My problem with it is the same problem that I have with Madonna these days: making a “good” pop album is beneath you. We need more.
Can you imagine is Lady Gaga tomorrow released an album that sounded like Ke$ha or Katy Perry? Everyone would freak. I’m almost going to say that ‘Lotus’ is like that, except without any smashes.
Basically, Christina is one of the great voices of our generation, and some of the songs that she has recorded (“Genie in a Bottle”, “Lady Marmalade”, “Beautiful”) will go down in history, and people will never stop listening to them. ‘Lotus’ has none of that gravitas, but is instead full of pop songs that you’ll have fun with for a few months and move on from. Oh, and ballads. We’re still trying to make another ballad happen (“Blank Page”, “Best of Me”, “Sing For Me”).
Altogether, ‘Lotus’ is pretty fun, and the girl can still have a good time. Christina maintains her post as one of the strongest women in music, showing her posture in songs like “Army of Me”, “Light Up The Sky” (very much a “love yourself for who you are” kind of track), and “Shut Up”, which sees the singer using a choir to sing the refrain “shut up/just shut the fuck up”, proving that Xtina hasn’t lost her edge. Having said that, much of the album is friendlier than “Your Body”, the less-than-wonderful lead single. Look out for “Red Hot Kinda Love” and “Let There Be Love” on radios in the next year, and enjoy the Cee-Lo assisted “Make The World Move” for what it is.
Listen to: “Army Of Me”, “Red Hot Kinda Love”, “Make The World Move (ft. Cee-Lo)”, “Let There Be Love”, “Shut Up”, and the Martin Garrix remix of “Your Body” (the last song on the deluxe edition).