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Stripped
     

Stripped

4.7 112
by Christina Aguilera
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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 P!nk, 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 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 is always 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 "Dirrty," a non-song that requires less range, over 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2002
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636803722
catalogNumber:
68037

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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   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
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Linda Perry   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Instrumentation
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
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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Stripped 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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olivel More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cd's i have ever heared. if you are a christina fan. buy this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a must album!! even if u thought u didn't like her, she has the best songs on! if ur not a fan now, just listen to her album and u will be!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with Christina's voice in the past , but never actually bought her music , because it seemed too "Pop"...I knew that with her talent , she could do much better. I saw her sing BB Kings "The thrill is gone" when she was a young child , and it sent chills down my spine. It takes more than an "alright pop singer" to do that , this girl has soul. But it Seemed like the record company cared too much about her "pop" image than her talent and potential. This album shocked the hell outta me , I listened in amazement. It touched all topics , with different styles of music. If you love soul , and R&B you'll love "Love me for me " ,whice is my personal favorite that has an Erykah Badu , Jill Scott kind of feel .Or "Impossibe" which has a classic R&B sound...Hip Hop fan , you'll like "Cant hold us down" and "Dirrty"...to cut it short , this album is amazing , and she is a brillant young woman. I did buy this album , and will from here on buy anything she blesses with her heavenly voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While many think that Christina Aguilera has become too "raunchy," or too "permiscuous," this is only because she has changed. She is no longer the fake, cute pop star most people know her as. She has spent a long time going through a lot, and with that transformation, she has created a CD with beautiful and inspirational music. She wrote many of the songs herself, and cowrote several others. She has so many different sounds on the CD-- rock, latin, soul, and dance. SOme of the best songs include "Beautiful," "I'm OK," (a very personal song about growing up watching her mother being abused by her father) and "Soar." Also "cruz," "Get mine, Get yours," and "Can't Hold Us Down." I know that many people are dubious about how pure her music will be, but trust me--this CD is worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
cristina has a powerful voice and she can sure hit those high notes and any note that comes across her. but her clothes aren't the best and her dancing is not that nice. but hey this cd is great. it sure is worth your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the most diverse sound ive heard thus far this year.Its gonna kill!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like a lot of music, so don't think I'm a teeny-bopper who loves Christina and gives her fives all the time. This is an awesome album! As soon as I heard the samples I went straight to the store and bought it! "Dirrty" is a great song to listen, sing, and dance to! The song "Beautiful" is a great song that really touches you. Buy this album and you wont regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was definatly not my fave. the music was OK but the whole cover thing and booklet thingy kind of scared me. i mean, i wont use any crude words or anything but no woman needs to sell herself like that. like i said, she has a great voice, and if people wont buy her albums for that alone, then it isnt worth it. keep on singing christina!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled by the title. This album is incredible. You either hate it, or it becomes your next bible. There is a song on this album for every difficult drama in your life. The lyrics are powerful and are gotten accross by a powerful artist. If you are someone who didn't fully grasp the emotional messages and moving experience of this magnificent, moving, powerful, amazing, dedicated album, then I almost feel sorry for you. Don't be swindeled by other reviewers who only gave it three stars, and then was too chicken to even give their name...this album is truly worth a shot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Aguilera's new CD "Stripped" is totally different from her first...but dont expect better. Christina has a great voice, but most of it is covered up by the loud music in the background. The songs are mostly ballads, and not that great. However, songs such as "Beautiful" and "Fighter" are pretty good. If you didn't like her song "Dirrty" your probably not going to like this CD so much becuase no matter what they say, most of the songs are pretty much like that. I guess this CD is, like I said on my title, OK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never liked Christina-- before this album came out. I'll admit 'Dirrty' turned me off, but after hearing 'Beautiful', and getting more interested in her, I've learned she is a very, very, very talented young lady. She reminds me of Mariah Carey at a younger age, which is what she herself compares herself too. The songs are mixes of Soul, R&B, Pop, and even Rock. Everythings in there. My personal faves are 'Walk Away', 'The Voice Within', and 'Impossible'. Check this CD out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
she absolutely beat miss spears..... again i cant beileve they tried to compare the 2 omg......... but anyways christina's voice is so powerful its amazing.... the album is awsome go get ur self a copy or download it on the internet hehehe......... thats what i did so i dont need to buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the CD! In my opinion Stripped is much better(don't get me wrong, her other CD is really good). Her music isn't so poppy, and the lyrics are great. My favorites are Can't Hold Us Down, and Dirrty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i wouldnt go out of my way to get this but it is worthy of notation. her lyrics are more ''in depth'' than say britney spears who just sings about cheating and all that junk. this cd is definately better than her last one. i understand why she calls it stripped. i would have rated it better but she dresses like a slut on her cover and that downs the liking of it i think. but her music is good so i recommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
After all the comments from Britney Spears and pink about her she still managed to keep it together and make a wonderful cd. This cd should be on your christmas list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so blown away by this CD. I had to share it with my husband who has zero tolerance for pop. He was floored. He kept commenting on how different each song was and how powerful Christina's voice was!. She has truly found herself and has left the league of Britney, Jessica Simpson, Mandy etc... She should now be considered seriously as she co-wrote most of the songs. Way to go Christina!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stripped is a great CD because of all the inspirational songs it has on it. My favorite songs are FIGHTER and BEAUTIFUL because I have gone through some rough times in my life and these two songs literally picked me up. I like songs that have meaning and Christina's songs have meaning including Dirrty. I think people should give her a chance and let her be who she wants to be because it is painful to be targeted and I speak from experience. It is a shame that people have blown Dirrty out of proportion. Can't Hold Us Down is also a great song because it is telling women to be strong. In fact the whole CD is telling people to be strong and live your life the way you want to live it and not worry about what others think. I never get bored listening to this CD which is hard to say about most CDs. I would definately but this CD because you will not be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!