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Guest Review: Christina Aguilera "Keeps Getting Better"

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Pop singer extraordinare Will W is contributing to ArjanWrites.com this week while I'm away on vacay. Will reviewed Christina Aquilera's brand-new album that is available now. Check out what clever things he had to say about this new disc:

Goodness.  Has it already been ten years since Christina Aguilera came onto the music scene?   Apparently so, as "Keeps Gettin' Better (A Decade of Hits)" would suggest.  Aguilera and Co. arguably are picking the poinsettias prematurely for the impending holiday album sales rush, as one might think it a little too soon to reflect on such a short, albeit lucrative career.

"Keeps Gettin' Better" neatly presents Aguilera's rise as one of her generation's finest vocalists in a 16-track chronology documenting her struggle to break free of the manufactured popstar mold to an artist who is now insistent in having control over who she collaborates with.

Essentials like "Genie in a Bottle", "Dirrty" and a Grammy-winning three-peat of "Lady Marmalade", "Beautiful" and "Ain't No Other Man" highlight the disc.  True "Xtina" connoisseurs who own her three English studio album discography might glance over this compilation's tracklisting and find little incentive to purchase it. 

What isn't clarified however, is that the disc actually includes radio mixes of early hits "What a Girl Wants", "Come On Over Baby" and "I Turn To You" which are not present on the initial pressing of Aguilera's eponymously-titled debut album "Christina Aguilera."

Disappointingly omitted are important tracks like "The Voice Within" from Aguilera's sophomore album "Stripped," Herbie Hancock collaboration "A Song for You," true first single "Reflection," or any of her outstanding recordings from Spanish album "Mi Reflejo" such as "Falsas Esperanzas".  Regardless, Aguilera's repertoire has remained relevant and does not in the least bit sound dated.

Fans will be surprised by the four electro-pop additions here which showcase uncharacteristically subdued vocals and complex production. These tracks include uninspired current single "Keeps Gettin' Better," new track "Dynamite," and updated versions of "Beautiful" and "Genie in a Bottle" - the latter simply outshining all else. 

One cannot help but note also that Aguilera has been listening to a lot of Goldfrapp of late and these results inevitably will have Lady Gaga fuming yet flattered at once.  The right opportunity was chosen here to take a musical risk considering that a new studio album is just around the corner in 2009.  With such a celebrated career already boasting 42 million albums being sold worldwide, really what more could a girl want?

November 17, 2008 in Guest Blogger | Permalink

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We LoVe Christina, She has a wonderful voice and great talent. I think someone is trying to ride her coat tails...

Posted by: ylo at Nov 17, 2008 8:32:40 AM

Lady Gaga is cool now, but Christina is in it for the long haul :)

Posted by: at Nov 17, 2008 10:00:25 AM

Thanks for the comments, guys!

A friend e-mailed me after reading this review and asked me why I wasn't harsher on Christina for "copying Gaga". I honestly think in about 2 years' time if we listen back to these new Christina tracks versus "The Fame", that Christina's tracks will actually stand the test of time a bit better. No disrespect to Gaga as I am a fan of her also, but you can hear Christina in some of her vocal intonation. Perez Hilton never seems to note that when he draws Gaga vs. Xtina comparisons, yah?

Arjan, we're going to miss you! xoxo


W

Posted by: Will-W. at Nov 17, 2008 10:20:55 AM

The thing about Gaga that bothers me is that her music is in the vein of Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane and the like. Which is ultimately fun, uncomplicated pop music - not electro-pioneering, which is the way Gaga is being marketed. Will, I'm glad to see that you like Xtina - her voice is undeniable, even on the more hushed remakes on this album. Great review!

oh ps the second comment was me.

Posted by: Noah at Nov 17, 2008 8:09:38 PM

I m glad you bring up the fact that she didn't put any of her Spanish hits in the GH album...I do think she did a great job with the songs that are in the album...and the art work with in it is amazing...very sexual and beautiful...and the new songs like keeps getting better are amazing I cant wait till the next album comes out she is amazing...

Posted by: segurosquiallday at Nov 18, 2008 5:42:25 AM

Actually Lady Gaga and Christina are both crap.
Christina undoubtedly haD potential but she is boring and her tracks are not inventive.
She sings the same yodel every time and I think this is a cheap attempt to bombard the dance community with music because they are more loyal about buying music if an artist is really good. For that I think we should all watch out for the real coming. Somebody is coming that has been put on hold by payola. She will be a breath of Fresh air and you will see what Christina has been TRYING TO pull off. It's gonna be brilliant. Oh and Christina is only Latin when it benefits her so why are you so surprised.

Posted by: Alwaysalady at Nov 23, 2008 12:49:26 PM

gonna flop[

Posted by: jordy at Nov 26, 2008 2:00:19 AM

How you think when the economic crisis will end? I wish to make statistics of independent opinions!

Posted by: ooopinionsss at Dec 3, 2008 6:19:32 AM

You kids would rather listen to Britney's
crap than listen to a real singer like
Christina. Britney couldn't sing live if her
life depended on it. I can't understand what
the big deal is with Britney, you kids can't
appreciate real music. I'm 55 year old woman
and I love to listen to Christina sing, she
sing with her heart and soul and many big
artist ask her to sing with them, I never heard Britney or CaCa sing with the likes of
Tony Bennet, Adrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock etc. Christina has a God given talent

Posted by: margaret at Dec 19, 2008 4:41:37 PM

You kids would rather listen to Britney's
crap than listen to a real singer like
Christina. Britney couldn't sing live if her
life depended on it. I can't understand what
the big deal is with Britney, you kids can't
appreciate real music. I'm 55 year old woman
and I love to listen to Christina sing, she
sing with her heart and soul and many big
artist ask her to sing with them, I never heard Britney or CaCa sing with the likes of
Tony Bennet, Adrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock etc. Christina has a God given talent

Posted by: margaret at Dec 19, 2008 4:42:40 PM

You kids would rather listen to Britney's
crap than listen to a real singer like
Christina. Britney couldn't sing live if her
life depended on it. I can't understand what
the big deal is with Britney, you kids can't
appreciate real music. I'm 55 year old woman
and I love to listen to Christina sing, she
sing with her heart and soul and many big
artist ask her to sing with them, I never heard Britney or CaCa sing with the likes of
Tony Bennet, Adrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock etc. Christina has a God given talent

Posted by: margaret at Dec 19, 2008 4:45:15 PM

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