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Album Review

According to Christina Aguilera, the title of her second album, Stripped, refers to her emotions and not her body, but the topless photograph of her on the cover suggests otherwise. Most things about Stripped suggest sex, actually, since Xtina — as she calls herself in a handful of interviews accompanying the release of the album — never hesitates to put her body, her piercings, and recently liberated sexual beliefs on display throughout her hyper-sexual, convoluted sophomore effort. Like any diva, Christina believes her trials and tribulations are inherently more fascinating than anybody else's and, like any diva, she has an inflated sense of self-importance, defiantly strutting on the "Stripped Intro" that she's "sorry you can't define me/sorry I break the mold." What she's referring to is anybody's guess, since she hasn't exactly defied expectations since her last album — releasing a Christmas album and a Spanish-language record of your debut ain't exactly breaking the mold: it is the mold. Plus, Stripped clearly has its origins in the sound of two of Christina's teen pop contemporaries — the teasing sexiness of Britney Spears and the wonderful, gonzo dance-rock confessionals of Pink, who truly did break the mold with M!ssundaztood. Since Aguilera spent so much time working on the album, tearing through a seemingly countless number of producers, she seems desperate to not just catch-up with these two, but surpass them in the sex and confessions, breaking it down so they become the same thing, while adding a strong hip-hop undercurrent throughout all the songs. And the end result is utterly bizarre, surpassing Mariah Carey's Glitter as the modern-day standard for musical immolation while rivaling The Teaches of Peaches in its sheer carnality. Where Peaches always is in control of her sexuality, using it as a weapon and a joke in equal measures, Christina is overwhelmed by the reaction of others to her sexuality, putting it on equal ground with her voice, which remains a remarkably powerful instrument, especially since she's toned down the scale-running histrionics from her debut. If she's mastered her vocals, she's still desperately searching for her artistic voice, placing too much emphasis on club and street-level R&B, which fit her poorly (why was "Dirrty," a non-song that requires less range than the slinky sexiness of "I'm a Slave 4 U," the first single?), when she needs full-blown songs. There are some here, though, most notably the Linda Perry collaboration "Beautiful," which was rush-released as a second single, but the ceaseless 70-minute running time and seemingly endless 20 songs mean that individual moments are lost and the big picture remains. And that big picture is that of an artist who has grown up too fast, while the sound is that of an artist who's given too much freedom too early and hasn't yet figured out what to do with it.

Customer Reviews

BEST ALBUM EVER

This has to be not only Christina's best album, but the best album in history. The songs are so personal and relatable to anyone. Fighter has to my personal theme song. This album does also a great job balancing personal experiences to pure party anthems like DIRRTY and Infatuation. I would recomend this album to anyone. Christina made an execlent transition in her artistry. After hearing this I have the at most complete respect for her. She also has such an amazing voice. This was a stunning follow up album. CHRISTINA AGUILERA IS A LEGEND!!!

BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME

I don't know how many times I've bought this album but if I were deserted on an island & had to pick an album to have there, it would DEFINITELY be this one! I totally DO NOT agree with the overall review of this album up top and Im sure I can find millions of other people who don't agree with it either. I have been a fan of Christina since her first album came out & have always thought her more talented than her peers. She doesn't have to dance & talk in a sexy raspy voice through her songs.. this girl can SING!!!!! POINT BLANK!! Though she disappeared for a long time, she came back strong & I wasn't disappointed AT ALL!! If this was is what she wanted from her music the whole time then I'm only sorry that she wasn't allowed to do it sooner!! Awesome is an album when you hardly have to skip songs & this was definitely a phenomenal album! I liked even better that she attempted to break out from the pop genre to experiment with soul, r&b, & hip hop! I could go through & break down each song & what I loved about them all but it would exceed my 6000 characters. It was sexy, confident, inspiring, freaky, & just a celebration of BEING. & who better to belt out these emotional songs than Christina?! This album made me laugh, made me feel sexy & it made me cry! If the idea of an album is for it to take you through a million emotions while floating on a voice that beautiful & powerful, then I say I got my money's worth. The difference between Chris & so many other artists is that she has RAW TALENT. Im still trying to figure out how a voice that big was coming from someone so small!! BUY THIS ALBUM. I swear it is probably the most timeless but underrated album of all time. Almost 7 years later I still cant live without it!!! <3

One of the best album of the century

I was a fan of christina when she started but i became a die hard fan of hers once "Stripped" came out. This album is so good from song #1 to #20. All the songs have an amazing message that everyone needs to hear. Christina delivers an amazing work... This album shows how of an incredible artist that Xtina has become. My fave songs are: "Infatuation", "Fighter" "Can'tHold us down", "Get mines, Get Yours", and Dirrty! Way to go Xtina!!!

Biography

Born: December 18, 1980 in Staten Island, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A leader in the parade of Mickey Mouse Club veterans who stormed pop at the turn of the millennium, Christina Aguilera was the sexy, brassy diva of the bunch — the Rolling Stones to Britney Spears’ Beatles, as it were. Initially, it was difficult to see Christina outside of the prism of Britney, whose 1999 success launched the new millennium's teen pop boom, but Christina’s big hits of 1999 — “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” “Come on Over” — more than held their own with...
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