Christina Aguilera is the latest once big pop star trying to make her second half career comeback and she’s the latest pop star trying to bare her more vulnerable, true self in the process. Now, I don’t watch The Voice and I don’t follow tabloids so I can’t really speak to how well she bared all or not. But considering that “Genie In A Bottle” is still my point of reference for her, Liberation certainly feels like a more genuine representation of her true artistic self. She’s always been one of the edgiest pop stars out of that whole generation she was a part of and her music still has that edge and unabashed sexuality to it, but here the focus is definitely more empowering, liberating, and at times vindictive. There’s not any particularly massive singles, but there are a lot of moments of interesting forays into different sounds and genres, especially the songs made with Kanye and Anderson .PAAK. Her always strong vocals mesh well with their soundscapes and I would have liked to have heard more sounds in that direction but all in all, Liberation is the most interesting I’ve found Christina Aguilera in a long time.
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Little girls, listen closely ‘Cause no one told me But you deserve to know That in this world, you are not beholden You do not owe them Your body and your soul
– “Fall In Line”
Have you heard Liberation? What’d you think about it? Do you think this will be enough to jump start a comeback of sorts for her? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Christina Aguilera – Liberation Reaction
'Liberation' certainly feels like a more genuine representation of her true artistic self and there are a lot of moments of interesting forays into different sounds and genres. I would have liked to have heard more sounds in that direction but all in all, this is the most interesting I've found Christina Aguilera in a long time.