Back to Basics

Back to Basics

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by Christina Aguilera

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Plenty of pop singers talk the talk when it comes to taking chances -- but Christina Aguilera really walks the walk on this ambitious, exciting double album. The blonde bombshell sets the bar high for herself, intro-ing the disc with a promise to honor "the soul singers, the blues figures, the jazz makers" -- and later, in "Back in the Day," name-checking such giants…  See more details below


Plenty of pop singers talk the talk when it comes to taking chances -- but Christina Aguilera really walks the walk on this ambitious, exciting double album. The blonde bombshell sets the bar high for herself, intro-ing the disc with a promise to honor "the soul singers, the blues figures, the jazz makers" -- and later, in "Back in the Day," name-checking such giants as Etta James and Marvin Gaye. The thing is, she sails over that bar with surprising ease, revealing an uncanny affinity for '40s-era vocal sass on the va-va-voom nugget "Candyman" and a genuine flair for old-school blues on the Billie Holiday-channeling "I Got Trouble." Much like the folks she's paying homage to, she even tempers the lasciviousness with a shot or two of church-borne testifying -- most notably on the swooping "Makes Me Wanna Pray." Not all of Back to Basics is that old-school, of course. The first disc is largely given over to tunes that let Aguilera push her pipes to the limit over sample-savvy dance floor beats -- a Gladys Knight snippet pops up in the low-slung "Slow Down Baby" -- and gritty funk bass lines (see the appropriately titled "Still Dirrty"). It's impossible, however, to listen to the disc without coming to the conclusion that Aguilera is a changed woman, having come a long way from her days as a spinner of sugary pop confections. She's no longer just playing soul-diva dress-up -- she's actually become the real deal.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Christina Aguilera released her garish, sexually charged sophomore effort, Stripped, in 2002, it seemed that she pushed her obsessions with tweaking taboos just a little too far. Sure, she could still sing, but her music was now driven entirely by skeletal club grooves and explicit carnality. It was a bold break from the teenybopper persona she was desperate to shed, but it was overcorrective steering, taking her a little bit too far down the road toward a grotesque caricature, particularly in her ugly video for the album's lead single, "Dirrty." All this grandstanding provoked an intense reaction, not just among fans but among her collaborators, who also wondered if Christina was going a little too far, but she managed to keep from sinking largely on the strength of the ballad "Beautiful," an empowering statement of self-love that managed to dampen "Dirrty"'s impact even if it didn't erase it. It also set the stage for the next phase of her career: as an outright old-fashioned diva, much like Madonna or Cher. Smartly, she followed this path for her third album, the sprawling, deliriously entertaining double-disc Back to Basics. The title alone on Back to Basics is an allusion that perhaps Christina herself thinks she might have gone a little too far with Stripped; she stops short of offering an apology -- she even has a song where she proclaims she's "Still Dirrty" -- but this album's emphasis on songs and singing, along with the fixation with the big-band era, does suggest that Aguilera is ready to be once again seen as a world-class vocalist. Nevertheless, Back to Basics also makes clear that Stripped, for as flawed as it is, was also a necessary artistic move for Christina: she needed to get that out of her system in order to create her own style, one that is self-consciously stylized, stylish, and sexy. As the endless series of pinup photos in the album's booklet illustrates, Christina is obsessed with earning credibility through association: she dresses up as a big-band vamp and drops allusions to Etta James, Billie Holiday, and Aretha Franklin, all under the assumption that listeners will think of Ms. Aguilera as the heir to that throne. While she may have the vocal chops to pull it off to a certain extent, Back to Basics doesn't quite feel like it belongs to the classic soul and R&B tradition, even if the second disc is designed to be an old-fashioned jazzy R&B album, complete with bluesy torch songs and occasionally live instrumentation. Aguilera's instincts are too modern to make the album sound classic. She remains stubbornly autobiographical -- she disses departed producer Scott Storch on "F.U.S.S.," again addresses the abuse inflicted on her mother by her father, spends much of the album detailing her love for her new husband, Jordan, and always filters everything through a very personal filter that makes this seem like a journal entry à la Alanis Morissette (even "Thank You," subtitled as her dedication to her fans, isn't about the fans; it's about how Christina has inspired them, saved their life, or kept them going while stationed in Iraq -- all stories recounted in the voicemail that runs throughout the track). Her lyrics remain bluntly direct, particularly when she talks about sex: "Candyman" makes her cherry pop and her panties drop, while the "Nasty Naughty Boy" will receive "a little taste of the sugar below my waist." That combined with the slick, precise computerized production means that even when Christina tries to sound classic, she winds up sounding like the present. But that's what's good about Back to Basics -- even though she strives hard to be a classic soul singer here, she can't help but sound like herself, and surely there is no other big-budget pop album in 2006 that bears the stamp of its auteur so clearly. As she did on Stripped, she has gotten to indulge herself here, but where she was more concerned with sound than structure last time around, on Back to Basics she spends just as much time on song and structure, often coming up with strong, memorable ballads and dance tunes on both the dance-oriented first disc and the slow-burning second. Of course, she reveals more than she intended through her indulgence. Try as she may to sound like a classic singer from the '40s, she really seems to have learned all of her moves from Madonna in Dick Tracy; whether she's shaking her hips to a canned brass section or breathing heavily into a microphone, every move seems to have been copped from Breathless Mahoney -- and that's not just on the campily retro "Candyman" (which sounds like a rewrite of "Hanky Panky"), but it's also true on the deliberately modern numbers like "Ain't No Other Man," whose stabs of sampled brass sound straight out of early-'90s jazz-rap. When Aguilera does stray from the Madonna template here, it's to wander into Fiona Apple territory on the second disc -- with its loping piano, "Mercy on Me" is a dead ringer for anything from When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King. There are hints of a couple other artists here -- some echoes of Norah Jones on the torch songs -- but the fusion of Madonna and Fiona Apple is so inspired and unexpected, it sounds original because nobody else would have thought of it, or put it together in such wildly weird ways as Christina does here. Sure, Back to Basics is way too long at two discs and some of it doesn't work quite as well as the rest, but it has far more hits than misses and it holds together as an artistic statement (certainly more so than any other album made by one of her teen pop peers). It may be all about style, it may be a little crass and self-centered, but it's also catchy, exciting, and unique. It's an album to build a career upon, which would be a remarkable achievement by any measure, but coming after the near career suicide of Stripped, it's all the more impressive.
New York Times
"Ain't No Other Man" comes from her...double-album, "Back to Basics." It's devastating: all hard drums and horn blasts, with Ms. Aguilera delivering a series of nimble vocal runs and roaring ad-libs....How on earth will she top this?

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christina Aguilera   Primary Artist
Steve Winwood   Piano,Hammond Organ
Glenn Berger   Saxophone
Bill Bottrell   Guitar,Conga
Aleta Braxton   Choir, Chorus
Cheryl Brown   Choir, Chorus
Mathew Cooker   Cello
DJ Premier   Percussion,Drums
Richard Dodd   Cello
Terry Glenny   Violin
Ray Hermann   Clarinet,Saxophone
Ray Herrmann   Saxophone
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Rob Lewis   Bass,Guitar
Jim McMillen   Trombone
Linda Perry   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Choir, Chorus,Mellotron
Dieyelle Reed   Choir, Chorus
Eric Schermerhorn   Guitar
Danny Seidenberg   Strings
Garrett Smith   Horn
Tom Tally   Viola
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Elin Carlson   Choir, Chorus
Susan Chatman   Violin
Ivan Gilliland   Choir, Chorus
Kenya Hathaway   Choir, Chorus
Joan Ellis   Choir, Chorus
Julie Rogers   Violin
Roger Wagner Chorale   Choir, Chorus
David Hernandez   Choir, Chorus
Sharlotte Gibson   Choir, Chorus
Tony Reyes   Bass,Percussion,Strings,Keyboards
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
John Krovoza   Cello
Ray Yslas   Percussion
Barbara Allen   Choir, Chorus
Darrin McCann   Viola
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Erika Jerry   Choir, Chorus
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Angel Williams   Choir, Chorus
Raymond Angry   Organ,Piano,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer
Daphne Chen   Violin,Soloist,Concert Mistress
Printz Board   Trumpet
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Onitsha   Choir, Chorus
Mark Ronson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Meelah Williams   Choir, Chorus
Aroussiak Baltaian   Strings
Melissa Reiner   Violin
Jacinda Townsley   Choir, Chorus
Leah Katz   Viola
Diego Miralles   Cello
Alyssa Park   Violin
Francis Senger   Double Bass
Audrey Solomon   Violin
Chara Hammonds   Choir, Chorus
Damon Fox   Hammond Organ
Marisa Kuney   Violin
Thomassina Atkins   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Shannon   Choir, Chorus
Bonita Brisco   Choir, Chorus
Sonya Byous   Choir, Chorus
Roseland Holmes   Choir, Chorus
Traneen Young   Choir, Chorus
Marda Todd   Viola
Alwyn Wright   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Natalie Ganther   Choir, Chorus
Nicole Ganther   Choir, Chorus
Camille Grigsby   Choir, Chorus
Cassandra Grigsby   Choir, Chorus
Randy Jones   Tuba
Paul Ill   Bass
Richard Redd   Choir, Chorus
Jason Torreano   Double Bass
Amy Wickman   Violin
Richard T. Sledge   Choir, Chorus
Ilana Setapen   Strings
Mabvuto Carpenter   Choir, Chorus
Jherimi Leigh Carter   Choir, Chorus
Desarae Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Erica L. King   Choir, Chorus
Vernon Keith Allen   Choir, Chorus
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Joel Pargman   Strings
Traci Brown   Choir, Chorus
William Tell Taylor   Choir, Chorus
Nathan Wetherington   Drums
Raymond "Ez" Monteiro   Horn
Stephen Amerson   Choir, Chorus
Esther Marie Austin   Choir, Chorus
Sandra Beckwith   Choir, Chorus
Monika Bruckner   Choir, Chorus
Hanymons Cahra   Choir, Chorus
Charlean Carmon   Choir, Chorus
Nancy Gassner Clayton   Choir, Chorus
Carver Cossey   Choir, Chorus
Miguel Gandleman   Horn
Denise Grisgsby   Choir, Chorus
Janet Korsmeyer   Choir, Chorus
Cookie Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Lynda Sue Marks Guarnieri   Choir, Chorus
Jason McGee   Choir, Chorus
Susan Taylor Mills   Choir, Chorus
Denisha Millsap   Choir, Chorus
Yvette Andrews Mitchell   Choir, Chorus
Movement Orchestra Horns   Horn
Judith Siirila Paskowitz   Choir, Chorus
Daniel Plaster   Choir, Chorus
Rochelle Rawls   Choir, Chorus
Alyss Olivia Sanner   Choir, Chorus
Angela Joy Seard   Choir, Chorus
Section Quartet & Friends   Strings
Isabelle Senger   Violin
Anna Stafford   Violin
Garik Terzian   Strings
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet
David Sage   Viola
Victoria Lanier   Violin
Brian Macleod   Drums
Marcy Vaj   Violin

Technical Credits

Steve Winwood   Composer
Roy Hawkins   Composer
Bill Bottrell   Composer
Don Costa   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Scratches
David Frank   Composer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Rob Lewis   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Choir Arrangement
Linda Perry   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Mark Rankin   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
William Guest   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Vocal Scratches
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Tony Reyes   Composer,Producer
Charles Roane   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Harold Beatty   Composer
Jonathan Pryce   Sample Clearance
Pamela Sheyne   Composer
Marc Jameson   Programming
Barbara Allen   Choir Contractor
Rick Darnell   Composer
Oscar Ramirez   Engineer,Vocal Recording
Eric Gorfain   String Arrangements
Christina Aguilera   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Jeannine Wagner   Choir Contractor
Raymond Angry   Composer
Kobie Brown   Sample Clearance
Heather Holley   Composer
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer
Glen Nakasako   Art Direction
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,beats
Christophe Barratier   Composer
Paul Ill   Composer
Kwame Holland   Composer
Joe Buissink   Photo Courtesy
Tracie Burton   Vocal Scratches
Coodie & Chike   Director
Charles Martin Roane   Producer,Engineer
Chris Tedesco   Horn Conductor
Alan Mason   Vocal Scratches
Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli   String Conductor

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Back to Basics 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you glad God had Christina answer our prayers! I loved this album it is fun and if your like me, you love old movies and music, it is fun and enjoyable and again some of those songs you sing when you need to. Every track is a hit, even the introductions. My favorites: "Makes Me Wanna Pray", "Ain't No Other Man", "Save Me From Myself", "Mercy on Me", "Still Dirrty", "Here to Stay", "The Right Man","I Got Trouble", "Candyman", "Hurt". The most surprising tracks are "Oh Mother", "Fuss", and "Welcome". Which talk about Christina's childhood and problems in her career and social life a bit. It is incredible and we get to see Christina Aguilera mature into a happy, married woman at the time it was recorded and get to see her as a fully grown adult topic and adult artist all the way. Worth it to anyone who truly loves music, throwback music, and even if they love big band and Michael Buble' 's music they will love it and cherish it. It shows Christina at her happiest and her best musically, although I am sure she will blow our minds again someday soon. She is worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply put, "Back To Basics" is an INCREDIBLE album that brings Christina Aguilera's credit as an artist to a whole new dimension. The sounds on this album feel like authentic oldschool classics, but they have a unique modern touch. The songs are so organic and authentic to the point where you forget that its oldschool-inspired and just focus on the songs themselves. Disc one is an impressive funk collection
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The single "Ain't No Other Man" is leading off Christina's third, jazzed inspired album, and it's great. She has never sounded better. I heard a few clips and I must say there is not one song that I disliked. "The Right Man" details her wedding to music executive, Jordan Bratman, and her voice just soars. This whole album is just spectacular. She's really coming back as a force in the music business this time. "Back to Basics" is going to put her on top, and it's a place that she most truly deserves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina is back finally with a hot new single. Her new single is raw and I believe she will be here for a while. Unlike Britney Spears who uses her off clothing to sell music. Christina is way hotter and can sang. Welcome back Christina Love U
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I love about Christina Aguilera, is that she consistently manages to transform her image with every album. In my opinion, 'Back To Basics' is a great album. The first disc is my favorite, as it does sound like material that Aretha Franklin or Marvin Gaye would record nowadays. The second disc is pretty good too, but not my favorite as some of the songs on their are just a little lifeless. Tracks worth a listen are: Back In The Day, Makes Me Wanna Pray, Oh Mother, Understand, On Our Way, Slow Down Baby, Without You, Mercy On Me and Still Dirrty. Songs that didn't really impress me were: The Right Man and Here To Stay, as her vocals just don't seem to fit the tempo. Overall a great throwback record with AMAZING vocals and beats. I will definately be buying the official copy when it's released.
Guest More than 1 year ago
......and better than ever!!!!!. I've got to tell you something about this girl. When her self titled debut came out in 1999, I had thought, "Man does she got talent." She had some great songs on that record too including the singles "Genie In A Bottle", "What A Girl Wants", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)", and "Reflection"-from Disney's Mulan. These were some great songs to start her carrer off on the right track. A year later in 2000 , she came out with a Christmas album called My Kind Of Christmas featuring the holiday classics like "Oh Holy Night", Angels We Have Heard On High", and "The Christmas Song"(Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire). The Album also featured some new songs by Christina including "Christmas Time", "This Year", and "X-Tina's X-Mas". After coming out with a video DVD and a concert DVD, She took a little break before coming with her 3rd smash album 2 years later in 2002 called Stripped. This album featured 5 chart-topping singles including "Dirrty"-feat. Redman, "Beautiful", "The Voice Within", "Can't Hold Us Down"-feat. Lil' Kim", and the showstopping "Fighter". These 5 singles showed that Christina could take on all kinds of music including pop, rock 'n' roll, r&b, rap, and slow songs. This album also featured "Get Mine, Get Yours" as well as "Impossible"-Alicia Keys played the piano on that track. She also wrote the song for Christina as well. Christina then took a break and then came back to record a song for the movie Shark Tale. She recorded the classic song "Car Wash" with Missy Elliott. She also was featured on Herbie Hancock's new album Possibilities. They did a song called "A Song For You". Then she got married to a guy named Jordan. Now, after 4 years of waiting, Christina releases a 4th album. The album has a bit of jazz in some of the songs which means she can take on anything. The album features the new debut single "Ain't No Other Man" which is played across America today. The album also features the songs "I Got Trouble" and "Mercy On Me". This album is in the top 20 on thsi site. Buy this album. It's worth the money. Christina can sing better than anybody else today in the music business. SHE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a big Christina Aguilera fan ever since she came out with the single “What A Girl Wants” in late 1999 and ever since then she has never failed to floor me with her outstanding vocal delivery on each and every song she sang, whether live or recorded. “Back To Basics” has to be her most creative album so far. I couldn’t wait for it to come out so I downloaded it from the internet just to see how it was (I’m still going to buy the album when it’s released on Aug. 15th to support my boo) and I have to say the majority of the album is incomparable. Here are my ratings for each song on the album: Disc 1: 1. Back To Basics (Intro) Rating: 9/10. This track has the vibes of a 1970s R&B slow song and features Christina paying homage to all of the singers and musicians who paved to way for future artists. I like the little introduction at the beginning of the song with little spoken samples from various T.V. concerts and shows morphed together to introduce Christina. 2. Makes Me Wanna Pray Rating: 7/10. A little too “churchy” for me. This song features a choir and everything that would be included in a church song, which really isn’t my cup of tea but Christina sings her ass off on this track about how she is completely head over heels for a particular man. 3. Back In The Day Rating: 10/10. This is a tastefully-laced 1970s R&B-inspired track featuring Christina paying homage once again to all of the singers and musicians before her time who established music today. It isn’t often that you hear singers giving props to music giants like Lena Horne, Otis Redding, Minnie Riperton, Billie Holliday, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Etta James, etc., whose names and more are all spliced in this songs beat. Very creative. 4. Ain’t No Other Man Rating: 10/10. You know, when Christina first came out with this song, I really didn’t like it that much. But with as much radio play it has gained over the past months, the song really grew on me. I really believe she captures the vivaciousness and essence of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s with this fast-tempo song accompanied with horn blasts and various musical arrangements present in the music from that time. She sings her ass off in this one too about the one unparalleled man in her life. 5. Understand Rating: 10/10. This song is cleverly sung with vocal samples from some old blues song. Very avant-garde, and it reminds me more of the 1960s than the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. This track screams to be the next single off of her album, and features Christina explaining to a certain confused man why she couldn’t be with him although she was in love with him. 6. Slow Down Baby Rating: 8/10. The beat is fire (it contains all of these horn blasts and arrangements) and features Christina demanding those men who continue to badger her about a relationship when she is already in one. I, personally, don’t like this song too much but it’s nice. 7. Oh Mother Rating: 9/10. This is a sort of the R&B continuation of the song “I’m Okay” from the “Stripped” album, except this song is dedicated to Christina’s mother and how she kept strong in her crippling, abusive relationship with Christina’s father. This can be considered the perfect ode to a mother who has escaped domestic violence and I’m glad Christina decided to include a song of this stature on her album and continue domestic violence awareness. 8. F.U.S.S. (interlude) Rating: 7/10. Stands for “For U Scott Storch” or “F*ck U Scott Storch.” Either way, Christina verbally bashes the man responsible for her prior “Stripped” hits “Fighter,” “Can’t Hold Us Down,” “Infatuation,” etc. in response to his statement about her in Rolling Stone and how she was a
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back to Basic is just simply amazing is a instant classic & album of the year.... Christina is back & on fire!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Back To Basics" is a fantastic album that brings Christina Aguilera's credit as an artist to a whole new dimension. The sounds on this album feel like authentic oldschool classics, but they have a unique modern touch. The songs are so organic and authentic to the point where you forget that its oldschool-inspired and just focus on the songs themselves. Disc one is an impressive funk collection. There's the song of the summer, "Ain't No Other Man" - with the blaring horn blasts and funky beat. Another highlight of the album is "Slow Down Baby" which is another funky dance groove. On a more emotional note, "Oh Mother" pays tribute to Aguilera's mother and acknowledges that pain of her childhood abuse. Lastly on Disc One is "Here to Stay". The horn blasts and funky beats make this song's message clear: Christina Aguilera is definitely "here to stay" in the music world, proving that talent is the key to longevity. On Disc 2, we find a more burlesque feel. The second disk is characterized by burlesque-show tunes and some gorgeous vocal ballads. On the upbeat and peppy "Candyman", Christina goes all out with the burlesque theme by using some big band swing music. Next, she tones it down a bit with a slow and sensual "Nasty Naughty Boy". Aguilera then channels through the old soul icons like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald on "I Got Trouble", which is not a cover, but an organic composiiton that truly sounds like an old classic soul number that Holiday, herself, would sing. Christina shifts gears again and dives into a haunting ballad, titled "Hurt". The ballad is a gut-wrenching emotional piece that simply gives you chills. "Back To Basics" proves to be a milestone in Christina Aguilera's career she's matured a bit, as displayed in her intelligent lyrics and musically, she's matured as well, with this collection of intelliegently composed songs. This album cannot be overlooked simply, Christina's greatest work so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Aguilera, despite her questionable attire and the fact that she tends to be overly sexual, has always been one of my favorite singers because she possesses what I feel is most important in an artist: an outstanding singing voice. Each song that I heard (I've only listened to the first disc) was pure magic, my favorites being "Still Dirrty", "Makes Me Wanna Pray", and "Understand". Great CD from an even greater artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm usually not one for Christina Aguilera. But her song "Ain't No Other Man" caught my attention and I decided to try her album out. You know, give it a try. I was none other than floored. Not only has she eliminated her traditional poppiness, but she's added class and smooth music to her track record. I absolutely love 'Hurt'. Simply beautiful. However, it seems to lack something. It's just a little over blues-y and Jazzy. That's not to say I don't love the album, because I do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Back to Basics" opens doors and sends the message loud and clear that this woman is the real thing. While she may not dress the best or what have you she absolutely can sing. This is the kind of music that gives you goose bumps. Personally "Ain't No Other Man" is not one of my favorites. There are many, many other amazing songs through out the album including "Save me From Myself", which is one of the standout tracks. It really strips down her voice and shows off her raw talent without all of the typical runs. As a music lover of all genres I have to give Christina props.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her previous albums were good. But "Back To Basics" is superb. With this work she proves once again, she is above and beyond all her other "so-called competition" (which they never were) Spears and Simpson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Words can not express the talent of christina, I was not a big fan when she first came out, but since her CD Stripped , I have been a huge fan! this new CD has topped the charts for me, not only is she the best singer out there, she is original, no one can touch this new CD... I have never heard anything like it before,
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this CD! Its her best album to date. I love how the second Cd has a circus theme and Candyman has to be my fav. song but i love all of it:) This one is a must buy! you wont be sorry you got it. its such a diff sound then what we have been hearing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
her variety, her style, her control, her volume -- subtle yet provocative, christina has come out with a more mature album, encompassing different feelings and emotions, yet still showing us her amazing voice. this album is a stand out because the concept is like none other. she let's us in once again into her mind, adding to her stripped album but shows her growth and maturity. christina is here to stay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pop singer was recently steped out of the STRIPPED Phase and moved on to the Blues phane. The resilts of this change was extremely outstanding. Congrats to Xtina for releasing such an amazing album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never buy CDs & I bought this one the first day it came out. I'm happy to report that I didn't waiste my money. Both CDs are awesome. I feel that she is the most talented female singer in music today. And it helps that she writes all of her own music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album rocks...there are two discs and the entire album provides an eclectic mix from everything from pop, to jazz/blues, to somewhat of a big band with a modern twist. Christina was always talented, but this album proves exactly how diverse she really is in her range. It was a great fall/winter purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love her new album, Back to Basics. Its jazzy, but still with a modern touch. I love Makes Me Wanna Pray, Back in the Day, Still Dirrty just to name a few. She's still got it. It was worth the long 4 year wait for this album!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
3 songs that really stand out are: Oh Mother Hurt and the Right Man. Her voice is unbelievable. I have chills when I hear her voice..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Aguilera is back after a 2 1/2 year hiatus from the public eye. Aguilera scored with 'Stripped', which ultimately made me a fan. That album was strikingly good, with it receiving less than fair reviews. With such a great sophmore album, I had high expectations going into "Back To Basics." So what did I think? Well, to be honest, I was disappointed at first, however, after numerous listenings, I love the album and almost every single song. This album is quite different from 'Stripped' and may take a while for many to get used to it. So here is my song-by-song strip down: 1. Intro - Basically a small intro with a funk groove. Very nice introduction to the album. 2. Makes Me Wanna Pray - This song is amazing. It features a heavy gospel influence and Christina's voice soars. 3. Back In The Day - Another amazing song where Christina talks about breaking out your Marvin Gaye, Etta James, etc. 4. Ain't No Other Man - Everyone has heard this song. It's not my favorite, however, the music is amazing. 5. Understand - This is a very personal lyric-wise song where Christina sings "I used to think that happiness was something that only happened to somebody else." Great song! 6. Slow Down Baby - This is one of my favorites. This song is destined to be a single and features an amazing beat. 7. Oh Mother - A very emotional song dedicated to her mother. Reminds me of a mixture of 'Beautiful' and 'I'm O.K.' Excellent! 8. F.U.S.S. - While this is only an interlude, it has a soulful organ beat that really draws you into what she is singing about. 9. On Our Way - Not the best track, but it is alright. 10. Without You - Similar to 'On Our Way', this is not an amazing track, but it is alright. 11. Still Dirrty - This is the sequel to 'Dirrty' and it is quite different from the original. The beat is awesome with a high energy saxophone. 12. Here To Stay - This song really rings with me, as it is about being yourself and not caring what others think. This song is the only song that feels like it could have appeared on 'Stripped.' 13. Thank You - A song that is intercut with messages from fans. Very inspiring. 14. Enter The Circus - While Christina does not sing on this, the song is still excellent, yet haunting. Linda Perry welcomes everyone to the show, and Gregorian choir along with circus music makes for an impressive intro to disc two. 15. Welcome - Amazing! What can I say? Christina's voice soars on this, and interestingly enough, it sounds like it could be featured in a movie. 16. Candyman - One of the best songs on the double-album. This song is very up beat and features the provacative lyrics that we have come to know and love from Christina...but done in a tasteful manner. A future single, no doubt about it! 17. Nasty Naughty Boy - This song sounds like Aguilera is in a small club on a piano singing directly to a man. This song is a highlight! 18. I Got Trouble - This song is not modern sounding at all. This song sounds as if it was recorded in the 1920's, with an authentic crackle. Amazing job! 19. Hurt - This is her 2nd single and it is amazing. Supposedly, it is about Linda Perry's father. 20. Mercy On Me - This song definitely had to grow on me. On it, Christina asks for forgiveness for her past acts. Her voice is as strong as ever and the song is truly amazing. You need to hear it to believe it. 21. Save Me From Myself - This is not a typical Christina song. She does not hit high notes or do reverbs. Instead she sings in a soft sounds as if she is right next to you. Nice touch! 22. The Right Man - This song is quite an epic song, with a choir and all. Not my favorite, however it is a good song. My only thought after listening to it was, where is all of the 20's, 30's, and 40's influence that was supposedly sprinkled throughout the album? Really, only about a little less than half of the 23 songs have some sort of early 20th century influence
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina is always been good as she get into something new...fom being a Genie to the expression of being STRIPPED came ot he very best as a young and soon to be legend artist. Back to Basics is a deep album just like Stripped..the difference is that the Xtina is Stipped have been outspoken form her darkest in B2B she really has proven that she's no playing with he career just like her counteparts.. First CD - Modern Jazz..that's it. Understand- threat to Alicia Keys... Back In The Day-got the beat goin' song! Still Dirty- phenomenal song! Mary J. listen! Makes Me Wanna Pray- moden gospel track! Hurt- it really hurts and great BALLAD! Save Me From Myself- raw Christina comes out! OVER-ALL - THAT'S ALL MUSIC SHOULD SOUND!