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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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?

"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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828768263921
  • Catalog Number: 82639
  • Sales rank: 9,465

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (Back to Basics) (1:47)
  2. 2 Makes Me Wanna Pray (4:10)
  3. 3 Back in the Day (4:13)
  4. 4 Ain't No Other Man (3:48)
  5. 5 Understand (3:46)
  6. 6 Slow Down Baby (3:29)
  7. 7 Oh Mother (3:46)
  8. 8 F.U.S.S. (2:21)
  9. 9 On Our Way (3:36)
  10. 10 Without You (3:56)
  11. 11 Still Dirrty (3:46)
  12. 12 Here to Stay (3:19)
  13. 13 Thank You (Dedication to Fans) (4:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Enter the Circus (1:42)
  2. 2 Welcome (2:42)
  3. 3 Candyman (3:14)
  4. 4 Nasty Naughty Boy (4:45)
  5. 5 I Got Trouble (3:44)
  6. 6 Hurt (4:03)
  7. 7 Mercy on Me (4:33)
  8. 8 Save Me from Myself (3:13)
  9. 9 The Right Man (6:23)
  10. 10 Back to Basics
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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 Shaw 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Makes you glad God had Christina answer our prayers! I loved t

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Simply put, "Back To Basics" is an INCREDIBLE album th

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    nice surprise

    to my surprise I really enjoyed the collection of music. she definitely has a matured vocal range which is rare these days with singers. her voice is very pure and her pitch seems perfect with every note in every song. I think she is a rare talent who will continue to redefine music/lyrics in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A "Must Have" for anyone who loves great music.

    Now, what would a 56 year-old guy be doing buying a Christina Aguilara CD? Answer: this is fantastic music that suggests to me that this young lady is one of the greatest singers to come along in quite awhile. Christina has a deep connection to the music. Her pacing, timing and expression on this work leaves me breathless. On this two CD set, I find Disk One to be well done, but not for me. When I popped in Disk Two, though....WOW! Of all the work on this CD, my personal favorite is "Mercy On Me." I find myself listening to it over, and over....and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Here to Stay!

    This is Chirstina's best album so far. I like how she did her theme for this album with the take on doing sounds from the 20s, 30s,40s,and 50s. A few of my favorites of this album are, Makes Me Wanna Pray, Back In The Day, Ain't No Other Man, Still Dirrty, and Here To Stay. I can't wait to see what her next album is about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!!

    I personally love this cd, its no doubt her best cd yet, i enjoy every song on this wonderful cd!!!! you should totally buy it. a few songs are to "circusy" haha but she can pull it off. she has the most amazing voice i have ever heard, she can do whatever she wants in life she is for sure a great rolemodel for teens all around the world!! You should definitely buy this or any other of her cd's!!!! THEY ALL ARE SMOKIN!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    christina lip sings?

    when have you seen chirstina aguilera lip sing to her back to basics album she has never done so.. she did in stripped once when she lost her voice. but other than that she hasnt... christina would never lip sing and she is ten times better than any solo artist out there just people these days dont know good music or talent if it hit them in the face. this album is amazing buy it you wont be sorry.. Outstanding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the worst album to be made to date by xtina

    come on xtina is in it for the money and not her fans and yeah she lip synchs to alot of her own songs xtina is a disgrace if you want to listen to real music look at my recommandtions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recommended!

    I am a big fan of the music from the 20s, 30s and 40s. I fell in love with this album from the first time I listened to it. It has a variety of sounds to it, ranging from blues/jazz to big band. The highlights from this album are: Back in the Day, Slown Down Baby, Still Dirrty, Candyman, Nasty Naughty Boy and I Got Trouble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hard to please

    *On our way* the hottest track on the whole album. The beat is nice and smooth. Real nice laxed song!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christina is Xtina!

    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 expeiences...bt 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'..hot 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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her best work by far

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Back To Basics' is 'Back To Good Music' from moderan day artists

    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 voice...it 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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something for Everyone

    I truly love Christina's voice. It's the best. I loved most of the songs on the CD: Enter the Circus, No Other Man, Slow Down Baby and some others. The CD is perfect musically/technically speaking. My only beef is some of the songs are trashy. I really wish that she would put out another version of this CD minus the trashy songs for those of us who are more orthodox. It would mean more sales for her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is good for only when you’re in the mood.

    After listing to this on and off I realizes that this album has it’s moments but it won’t be on heavy rotation on my personal player. This album has been promoted as a throw-back-retro of the blues, jazz, and soul cultivated during the past five decades unfortunately it really doesn’t measures up to the task. Imitation this time is less than flattering to the R&B artists she holds in such high esteem. Admittedly she has a great and mature voice as evidenced by her collaboration with previous artist’s this album, however, is characterized by self-indulgent songs that certainly capture the power of Aguilera's life and times, but these songs are not an affirmation of the great music exemplified by the blues, jazz, and soul from previous generations. Inspired by her recent marriage (which is great) but at the same time revisit certain subjects from "Stripped" such as the abuse her and her mother suffered at the hands of her father which is unfortunate but starts to get a bit redundant at times. The music overall is ambitious, yet obvious in that fact that she is trying way too hard to garner critical acclaim for the whole retro aspect. There are some good tracks in this album but too many filler’s at the same time. The power again is her voice, but sometimes it is a little too loud and over done, to the point of being harsh. The tracks that stood out to me though are "Oh Mother", "Without You," and "Hurt"- she sings more softly and sound beautiful in these tracks. I will also add "Ain't No Other Man," “Candy Man,” and "Mercy On Me" because she sounds very natural on these songs. I really hate having to be negative on this album but she left me no choice. I think next time don’t strain yourself to create an “out-of this-world” album Christina just make one simply effortless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    off track!

    it was really confusing to me...the whole cd, because her first one was pop/rock, her second one steered towards r&b/hip-hop, and now this one is like....blues/soul?! i dont know i like her 1st and 2nd but i really dont think ill buy this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Performance!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING.....Christina's BEST album so far...

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent CD!

    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,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album of the year

    Back to Basic is just simply amazing ....it is a instant classic & album of the year.... Christina is back & on fire!!!!!

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