Lotus [Deluxe Edition]

Lotus [Deluxe Edition]

by Christina Aguilera
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Lotus [Deluxe Edition]

Considering all the trials and tribulations surrounding her 2010 album Bionic, Phoenix may have been a more appropriate title for Christina Aguilera's fifth album than Lotus. Plagued by delays, Bionic underwhelmed upon its 2010 release, as did Xtina's silver screen debut Burlesque, and her career appeared on the brink of meltdown until she signed up to be a voice on the NBC singing competition The Voice. Soon, she was duetting with her co-star Adam Levine on Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," her star was hotter than ever, and she was determined to not have it dim with Lotus. Streamlined considerably from the confused but often gripping Bionic and the sprawling double-album Back to Basics, Lotus isn't without risks -- "Red Hot Kind of Love" is a giddy, delirious piece of pop produced by Lucas Secon of "Lucas with the Lid Off" fame, as bracingly different as anything on the radio in 2012 -- but Aguilera isn't attempting a robotic future-soul, she's sticking with the belting soul ballads, hard disco, and pop that made her a star. And she feels comfortable in this familiar, slightly freshened territory, riding the glitzy pulse of "Let There Be Love," seizing the solo spotlight on the spare piano-and-voice ballad "Blank Page," sneering at her haters on "Circles," and spitting at them on the bonus cut "Shut Up." Christina may not pushing at her limits here -- a safeness underscored by the presence of not one but two Voice co-stars -- Cee Lo Green comes in for the pulsating party "Make the World Move," Blake Shelton duets on the slow, bluesy closer "Just a Fool" -- but it's hard to blame her for playing it safe, particularly because she wound up with such a strong pop album, one that reconfirms her gifts as a singer and savviness as a pop star. [The Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887654042323
catalogNumber: 540423
Rank: 53387

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christina Aguilera   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Chris Braide   Piano,Keyboards
Steve Robson   Keyboards
Pete Whitfield   Violin
Max Martin   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Daly   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
Songa Lee   Strings
Rodney Wirtz   Strings
Jamie Hartman   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Synthesizer Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Marisa Kuney   Strings
Karl Brazil   Drums
Simon Turner   Celli
Shellback   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sarah Brandwood-Spencer   Violin
Tyler Chester   Bass
Alisha Bauer   Strings
Aimee Proal   Background Vocals
Alex Stemp   Violin
John Garrison   Bass
Josh Mosser   Background Vocals
Jon Keep   Synthesizer,Keyboards
J Browz   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Strings
Candice Pillay   Background Vocals
Mike Del Rio   Vocals
JulieAnn Cole   Violin
Jeff Bobko   Piano
Professor   Synthesizer Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Ruth Owens   Celli

Technical Credits

Irving Azoff   Management
Chris Braide   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Scott Hendricks   Vocal Engineer
Pete Hofmann   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Steve Robson   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Justin Stanley   Engineer
Pete Whitfield   String Arrangements
Brian Willis   Pro-Tools
David Glass   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer
Oscar Ramirez   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Christina Aguilera   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Sia   Composer
Steve Daly   drum programming
Wayne Hector   Composer
John Hanes   Engineer
Armando Trovajoli   Composer
Oliver Goldstein   Composer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Jamie Hartman   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Dem Jointz   Producer
Nikki Flores   Composer
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee   Composer,Producer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Vocal Producer
Jayson DeZuzio   Composer,Producer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Sam Miller   Engineer
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Graham Marsh   Vocal Engineer
Sam Holland   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Tina Kennedy   Management
Olivia Waithe   Composer
Lucas Secon   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Busbee   Composer,Producer
Nate Company   Composer
Alex Da Kid   Producer
Josh Mosser   Engineer
Tiffany Amber   Composer
Jon Keep   drum programming
Aeon "Step" Manahan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jason Gilbert   Composer,Producer
Alexander Grant   Composer
Virginia Blackmore   Composer
Oscar Holter   Composer
Phil Bentley   Composer
Jakke Erixson   Composer
Steve Lu   String Arrangements
Ali Tamposi   Composer
Candice Pillay   Composer,Vocal Producer
Tracklacers   Producer
Martin Garrix   Remixing,Additional Production
Mike Del Rio   Composer,Producer
Dwayne Abernathy   Composer

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Lotus 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christina's new hyped album "Lotus" is truly a rebirth for her. We've been waiting for it since early 2011 when she went through a lot of backlash for the national anthem, weight gain, arrest and hundreds of weird rumours created by media about her life. So, you know very well that she had a lot to say on the new album about the last two years. It's quite obvious in songs like "Army of Me" ("So how does it feel to know that I beat ya, that I can defeat ya, how does it feel, 'cause it sure feels sweeter to me") which is characterized as "Fighter 2.0" by Christina herself and it's true that both songs are similar lyricwise. It's one of my favourite tracks! Another song about empowerment and feeling invincible is "Best of Me" ("Aren't you tired of throwing stones, trying to kick me when I'm down, but you'll never get the best of me"). Those two songs are representative of one of the album's main theme and concept of the unbreakable flower (Lotus) which survives under the harshest weather conditions, implying Christina has survived from the backlash all these years and she's back, stronger than ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you guys thought Bionic was bad, dear Lord this is worse. There's just about one good track on this mess, and it's completely mediocre. Aguilera's trying much too hard to become a mainstream pop artist, and the sheer talent of her voice just doesn't work with that. Yes, she's incredibly gifted, and yes, this album understates it in such a way that there's nothing left but Ke$ha-esque autotune. Which is in no way a good thing.