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While her Mickey Mouse Club nemesis, Britney Spears, coyly clings to her not-a-girl/not-yet-a-woman status, Christina Aguilera has no qualms about proclaiming her hot-blooded grown-upness on her ambitious sophomore disc, Stripped. Aguilera appears strategically topless on the disc's provocative cover and totally nude in one of the booklet's photos. Despite all the flesh baring, however, the album is more about being emotionally naked than actually disrobing. On the 20 confessional, genre-hopping songs, Aguilera confirms why her 1999 Grammy win for Best New Artist was no fluke: She has viscerally soulful chops that rival a pre-breakdown Mariah on her best day. With ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
While her Mickey Mouse Club nemesis, Britney Spears, coyly clings to her not-a-girl/not-yet-a-woman status, Christina Aguilera has no qualms about proclaiming her hot-blooded grown-upness on her ambitious sophomore disc, Stripped. Aguilera appears strategically topless on the disc's provocative cover and totally nude in one of the booklet's photos. Despite all the flesh baring, however, the album is more about being emotionally naked than actually disrobing. On the 20 confessional, genre-hopping songs, Aguilera confirms why her 1999 Grammy win for Best New Artist was no fluke: She has viscerally soulful chops that rival a pre-breakdown Mariah on her best day. With songs such as the classic soul–inspired, Alicia Keys–penned "Impossible," the Latin-tinged homage to her ex, "Infatuation," and the girl power hip-hop anthem "Can't Hold Us Down," featuring Lil' Kim, Aquilera graduates with honors from the teen pop ranks of Britney and Mandy to the adult pop-'n'-soul realm of Janet and Whitney. Aguilera also takes a few cues from her rebellious "Lady Marmalade" collaborator, Pink, by working with Linda Perry of 4-Non Blondes. Perry reprises the gritty rock edge she lent to Pink's outstanding Missundazstood on four songs here, including the soul-baring ballad "Beautiful" and the haunting, acoustic guitar–laced "I'm OK," about growing up with an abusive father. What's most surprising is that Aguilera -- for all her pouty camera come-ons and porn star attire -- thinks of herself as a misfit. "Sorry I'm not a virgin/Sorry I'm not a slut/I won't let you break me/Think what you want," she belts on the "Stripped Pt. 2" interlude. While her image may still invite criticism, there's no denying this young woman is an unparalleled talent. Let's just hope Ms. Aguilera soon realizes that she doesn't have to take her clothes off to prove her worth.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636803722
  • Catalog Number: 68037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stripped (1:39)
  2. 2 Can't Hold Us Down (4:15)
  3. 3 Walk Away (5:47)
  4. 4 Fighter (4:05)
  5. 5 Primer Amor (0:53)
  6. 6 Infatuation (4:17)
  7. 7 Love's Embrace (0:46)
  8. 8 Loving Me 4 Me (4:36)
  9. 9 Impossible (4:14)
  10. 10 Underappreciated (4:00)
  11. 11 Beautiful (3:58)
  12. 12 Make Over (4:12)
  13. 13 Cruz (3:49)
  14. 14 Soar (4:45)
  15. 15 Get Mine, Get Yours (3:44)
  16. 16 Dirrty (4:58)
  17. 17 Stripped, Pt. 2 (0:46)
  18. 18 The Voice Within (5:04)
  19. 19 I'm OK (5:19)
  20. 20 Keep on Singin' My Song (6:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christina Aguilera Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Alex Al Bass
Maxi Anderson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Glen Ballard Guitar
Alexandra Brown Background Vocals
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Richard Dodd Cello
Larry Gold Conductor
John Goux Guitar
Gary Grant Horn
Lili Haydn Violin, Viola
Jerry Hey Horn
Dan Higgins Horn
Russell Jackson Bass
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Michael Landau Guitar
Tarus Mateen Bass
Dave Navarro Guitar
Linda Perry Bass, Guitar, Piano, Strings
Greg Phillinganes Piano, Hammond Organ
Alfie Silas Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro Acoustic Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Arthur White Guitar
Orion Crawford Chart
Darryl Dixon Horn
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Horn
Mike Elizondo Bass
?uestlove Drums
David Warner Guitar (Electric Tenor)
Brian Frazier Moore Drums
Rob Hoffman Guitar, fender rhodes
David Siegel Keyboards
David Watson Horn
Charles Hines Background Vocals
Eric King Background Vocals
Alicia Keys Piano, Background Vocals
Paul Alexandre John Drums
Aaron Fishbein Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mike Stinson Drums
Crystal Drummer Background Vocals
Uriah Duffy Bass
Shanti Randall Viola
Damon Fox Keyboards
Kameron Houff Drums
Toya Smith Background Vocals
Brian Macleod Drums
Technical Credits
Glen Ballard Arranger, Composer, Producer
Scott Campbell Engineer
Ron Fair Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Brian Gardner Mastering
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Linda Perry Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Instrumentation
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer
Anson Dawkins Choir Arrangement
Eric Dawkins Choir Arrangement
Davy Vain Pro-Tools
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
William Ross Orchestral Arrangements
Rockwilder Producer
Steve Morales Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Balewa Muhammad Arranger, Composer, Producer
Wassim Zreik Engineer
Oscar Ramirez Engineer
Rob Hoffman Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Orchestra Production
Christina Aguilera Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
E. Dawk Arranger, Producer
Shane Stoner Engineer
Matthew Morris Composer
David Siegel Composer
Heather Holley Composer, Producer
David Guerrero Engineer
Alicia Keys Composer, Instrumentation
Glen Nakasako Art Direction
Matt Morris Composer
Jasper Cameron Arranger, Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Christina Aguilera became a beautiful fighter! I loved this al

    Christina Aguilera became a beautiful fighter!

    I loved this album. It was amazing. I still listen to it. Every track, you understand what went down in her childhood, her love life, her personal life, her career. How she over-come depression and became an example to all women or just people going through something. You can listen to every track and love it. I still love many of the tunes from this record, even "Keep Singing My Song" and "Fighter". When I need to, I sing them to heck with the rest of the world and universe. Just let myself, my family, true friends, and God hear me sing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    This to me is one of her best albums to date and by far her most

    This to me is one of her best albums to date and by far her most raw piece of work. Christina puts her heart on her sleeve and risks it all some would say for what became one of the best selling albums of 2002 and won her a fourth Grammy. There are NO fillers on this album it's all worth listening to and not a single track worth skipping. I reccomand this album when you're going through troubled times and need some release and relation this is the album for you.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    song "Fighter"

    My eight year old Autistic grand daughter turned a 58 year old grandmother onto this song and cd.Thankyou Christina!!!!.Janessa doesn't speak much,but she knows how to go on the computer and play the song "Fighter".I love it too!!!!Thankyou

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    from a boomer

    I saw CA perform at this year's Grammy's. I was actually just flipping through channels and happened to stumble on her performance of, I think, 'This is a man's world'. She was decked out in a white suit. I am such a classical music fan, I never pay any attention to the Grammy's, but I stopped dead in my tracks and listened in awe! I didn't even know who it was singing. After I found out, I made an effort to seek out her best reviewed work. This woman, clothed or not, has an amazingly beautiful voice. Her ability to convey life's emotions via music is as strong as any Mahler, Rachmaninoff or Beethoven I've heard. If she continues to produce collections such as 'Stripped', she will be respected long after she is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yesss!!!

    This is exactly the music i am looking for. Edgy, energetic, with a lot of spunk and very creative. This is the BEST album i have heard from her so far. DON'T stop now, keep the music flowing!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous. Simply fabulous.

    Christina Aguilera is one of the best artists ever to emerge from North America along with Mariah, Whitney, Celine (technically from Canada), Kelly Clarkson, and the like. I know she's not as 'pretty' as Britney Spears and J. Lo, but those two women don't quite have the same voice Christina does. This album has a fine mix of urban, R&B, jazz, flamenco, gospel, ballads, and even...for the first time...hard rock. And forget about her supposed 'sex symbolism...' at least her songs make sense. I've never been a fan of hers before, but I hear she and Andrea Bocelli are singing a duet together. Later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOTHIN BUT TALENT

    I love how Christina kills her competion. No one can touch her when it comes to talent.She'll never have to worry about Britney or anybody else who thinks there better b/c no one else has vocals like her!And it definately shows on tracks like "Fighter" and "The voice within".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspirational

    This singer, this song, gave my Jaimee so much hope. She knew she could accomplish anything without worrying what others thought of her...she was so Beautiful, inside and out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SHE IS A FIGHTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh My God! This is like the best cd of like all time! Christina has got the best songs on here in like the world. Personally, my fav's R FIGHTER, MAKE OVER, DIRRTY, BEAUTIFUL, CAN'T HOLD US DOWN, THE VOICE WITHIN, STRIPPED PT. 1, STRIPPED PT. 2. Get it if U don't have it. It will change your style of music so fast when you listen to this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good

    The only songs I like on this CD are "Fighter", "Make Over", and "Dirrty". "Beutiful" was not as slow as I expected.(A character sang it in Mean Girls, by the way.) "Fighter" is being played on the radio more often now, but my favorite is "Dirrty". Rock on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful album-highly underrated!

    people aren't giving this album the props it deserves! the fact that christina helped write the songs shows that she's trying to take more control of her music. her songs are very impressive. my favorites are: "walk away" (for people in a relationship you know is bad but you can't leave), "loves embrace" (the perfect interlude for a beautiful song), "Loving me 4 me" (beautiful song about true love), "impssible" (alicia keys piano playing is the perfect cameo), "beautiful" (for when you need encouragement and feel bad about yourself), "cruz" (for when u just want to pack up all your bags and get away from everything, "Soar", "get mine, you get yours" (for those girls who dont want to be in relationships!), and "i'm okay" (wonderful song showing christina's childhood memories). wow! i didn't expect such a wonderful album but that's what my $13 got me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best album in some time; Xtina rocks

    Stripped is a crowning achievement; Christina Aguilera in all her glory. Gone are the days when Christina implored us to "rub" her "the right way." Aguilera's '99 self-titled debut album established her as an incredibly talented artist, but it lacks the power and strength that Stripped brings so seamlessly to the table. It's quite obvious that like fine wine, she gets better with time. Pulling away from the blonde bubble-gum pop image of yesteryear, Christina showcases her dirrtier, sexier side... and the fans are the ones rewarded. Tracks such as "Walk Away," "Soar," "Beautiful," "The Voice Within," "Fighter," and "Keep On Singin' My Song" melodically draw you in while simultaneously sending out positive messages. The album also isn't devoid of its obligatory party anthems, such as the catchy "Dirrty" and "Get Mine, Get Yours." All in all, an incredible sophomore effort. No matter what you have to say about Miss Aguilera, the fact is she's here to stay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stripped Beautifully!!!

    Christina Aguilera's voice is beautiful and soulful at the same time. My personal favorite song on this CD would have to be "Impossible" since it gives me chills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    One of the best albums ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Go Girl!

    First of all, Christina is very, very Real! She's a beautiful girl with an amazing voice and I respect her. All of these songs are terrific. I just want Miss Aguilera to know that I am still her biggest fan. I love her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best she has ever done

    This is one of the best cd's i have ever heared. if you are a christina fan. buy this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a voice !

    This is the best CD I've heard in a while. Hadn't paid much attention cause I thought she was anothe Britney. Was I wrong. She can really sing. Looking forward to more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Woa

    This CD is really good,I love ALMOST every song (I only don;t like one) though the rest are WONDERFUL!!!!Really,her voice is so powerfula nd beautiful,she has empowering songs,such as Can't Hold us Down,and Fighter,and Voice Within,Soar and Cruz She has a few sad songs such as I'm Okay,then she has songs about love...infatuation,loving me for me,and then there's just those songs that are so beautiful fo rher voice,I lvoe Christina she is a fabulous singer and a wonderful songwriter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    i really loved the cd. i listen to it at least twice a day. i have over 100 cd's and this one is my favorite. i also like christina as a person, but NOT briney spears she is a slut and cant't sing or lip good. Christina has so much talent and she deserved more then two grammys. Stripped interlude-*****- because i like the talking in the beginning and it just sounds cool. Cant Hold Us Down-*****- this song is about men having more rights and if men and women do the same things the girls will get a rep and the guys won't it also deserves more then five stars. Walk Away-*****. Fighter-*****. Infatuation Interlude-****. infatuation-*****. love embrace-*****. loving me 4 me-****. impossible-*****. underappreciated-*****. Beautiful-*****. Make Over-*****. Cruz-****. Soar-*****. Get min get yours-*****. dirry-*****. Stripped Part 2-*****. The Voice With In-*****. I'm Okay-*****. Keep on singin my song-*****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent CDDDDDD!!!!

    I was impressed with the cd. She has excellent vocals. I think she is way better than Britney Spears,(britnay spears) the girl can't practically sing at all.

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