You heard me correctly. Despite the haters (and, boy, do they come out in droves for any Christina Aguilera-related event), I am rather enjoying Christina’s newest effort. Lotus follows Christina’s first flop, Bionic, which so confusing followed the two-disc Back To Basics — which single handedly allowed her to hit the top of the chart with the likes of “Dirty” and let her vocals shine with songs like “Save Me From Myself”. The aforementioned flop, Bionic, seemed to come out of nowhere and while die-hard Xtina fans stayed by her side, the rest of us were baffled by Bionic‘s lack. “If you don’t like it, f*** you,” she sang on “Not Myself Tonight”, a boast perhaps unvalidated by the rest of the album.
But past is past, and after Christina joined the ranks of Cee-Lo, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton (three good influences!) on NBC’s The Voice, it felt like everyone thought that boost of celebrity would force her newest album Lotus to be as good as we all hoped it would be when it hit stores (and streams) this week.
Busy? Which tracks should you really listen to? Here:
- Track 1: “Lotus Intro”
- Track 3: “Red Hot Kinda Love”
- Track 6: “Let There Be Love”
- Track 7: “Sing For Me”
- Track 11: “Circles”
- Track 13: “Just A Fool”
Okay, okay. I had to choose just one of the two duets on the album. Both are with fellow The Voice judges (Xtina already collaborated with Maroon 5′s Adam Levine on “Moves Like Jagger”) and both are…very different? Cee-Lo and Xtina “Make The World Move” on track 4, but I’m partial to the way country star Blake Shelton and Christina’s voices gracefully blend on “Just A Fool” — it’s a battle of the Aguilera duets! Everyone’s pitching in
See? That wasn’t so painful. Let’s all agree that we can be happy for Christina (despite her all-too-often Diva moments) for Lotus and it’s many worthwhile moments. “I see you super hatin’ when I see you roll up,” Christina sings on the aforementioned “Circles”, “And I suggest you grow the f*** up.” Good advice.