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  • Originally posted by GetBack
    Yeah, she should work with Linda Perry again!
    They are working together on Xtina's forthcoming record, can't wait to see the results.
    Whitney Houston

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    • Amazing album. In fact, this has no filler (well, maybe Thank You, but that's a dedication to fans so that's fine I guess?) and I prefer this album to Stripped. Would love if she'll revisit this sound..
      eas•y /?z?/

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      • Originally posted by HaskaWuga
        Amazing album. In fact, this has no filler (well, maybe Thank You, but that's a dedication to fans so that's fine I guess?) and I prefer this album to Stripped. Would love if she'll revisit this sound..
        She kinda did with Burlesque but yeah, I'd like her to go back to this sound. It suited her perfectly!

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        • I love her music but she needs to grow and leave the whole throwback sound for awhile.

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          • Still Dirrty<3
            eas•y /?z?/

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            • ^ Great song

              The Right Man <3
              Whitney Houston

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              • Originally posted by Nippian93
                ^ Great song

                The Right Man <3
                "The Right Man" is such an underrated gem.
                Madonna......Rihanna....Beyonce....Michael...Janet....Prince...Mariah...Whitney

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                • The Right Man is great

                  though I am a fan of Bionic I think she should go back to the sound of Back To Basics, it's the best for her and I love it, quality and fun
                  I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?

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                  • Originally posted by Erotica
                    The Right Man is great

                    though I am a fan of Bionic I think she should go back to the sound of Back To Basics, it's the best for her and I love it, quality and fun
                    I kinda agree (although I would love for her to do something different...maybe make it a little more R&B or something). She can't let Megatron take her out with the DooWop sound like that. Christina is the kween at that.
                    Originally posted by snoh aalegra


                    - Ugh, those feels again

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                    • Ten years ago today Back to Basics was released. Happy Anniversary !
                      Whitney Houston

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                      • This is so underrated for a former number 1 album. So many gems on here especially on the second disc.
                        Madonna......Rihanna....Beyonce....Michael...Janet....Prince...Mariah...Whitney

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                        • Great album, let me listen to it now.
                          Whitney Houston

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                          • A good album, but she really alienated a lot of her fans here. It's a polarizing concept album which worked for her artistry but started her detachment from her fans. She picked the right singles though.

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                            • Originally posted by GetBack
                              A good album, but she really alienated a lot of her fans here. It's a polarizing concept album which worked for her artistry but started her detachment from her fans. She picked the right singles though.

                              Same thing can be said about Stripped, Bionic etc, every album which is completely different than the previous one(s) can alienate fans.
                              Whitney Houston

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                              • Remember the record

                                Christina Aguilera's "Back to Basics" & the vision of her riskiest album

                                To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the release of Christina Aguilera's third studio album, Fuse brings you Remember the Record: Back to Basics at 10 with a whole week dedicated to the chart-topping release. Stay tuned for Back to Basics fun all week long and share your memories with us. Start it off with an essay reminding you why the LP was a true risk for an evolving Xtina.

                                By 2006, Christina Aguilera had successfully navigated out of teenybopper status, avoided the sophomore slump and was ready to make the year all about her third studio album Back to Basics. Described by the singer as "throwback with a modern-day twist" record, the project was an ambitious, double-album release that combined a wide variety of producers and unlikely musical elements, along with uncompromising visual components. Ten years later, Back to Basics stands as Aguilera's most cohesive release to date, and proof that, when given full artistic reign, the singer could create her own pop world.


                                Musically, Back to Basics was conceptualized as two varying takes on the music of the early 20th century. Disc 1 was comprised of modern-day, hip hop- and R&B-inspired tracks that mixed B.B. King, Gladys Knight and Biggie samples with feel-good soul production. Xtina called upon iconic '90s producer DJ Premier to produce a majority of the tracks, including lead single "Ain't No Other Man," making for one of the most unexpectedly thrilling pop collaborations of the decade. Other standouts on the disc included the Mark Ronson-produced kiss-off "Slow Down Baby," the gospel jam "Makes Me Wanna Pray," the record-scratch-heavy "On Our Way" and the sweet-soul ballad "Understand," which marked rapper/producer Kwamé's first A-list pop collaboration.


                                Disc 2 was a full-fledged exploration of yesteryear, recorded entirely with live instruments and the powerhouse's "Beautiful" co-creator Linda Perry. There was the Andrews Sisters-inspired "Candyman," the burlesque romp "Nasty Naughty Boy," the old-timey intro of "Enter the Circus"/"Welcome" and, most remarkably, "I Got Trouble," which was recorded with a vintage microphone to give off a Billie Holiday-esque vibe.


                                And Christina ensured that Back to Basics was rife with visual ideas. Boasting a look that recalled sirens like Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow, Christina was never seen promoting the album without bright red lipstick or big blonde hair, but kept things thoroughly modern with a cute dress, short shorts or headband. That vision was further amplified in her music videos (she created three different personalities for the three Andrew Sister characters in "Candyman"), tour (she had her dancers learn circus acrobatics and perform them on stage) even with the LP packaging (the cover boasted old-school stickers that we saw on 45 records).

                                While not as massive commercially as her previous two albums, Back to Basics was a success. The album is her best-reviewed to date; it went platinum, despite being a more expensive double disc; "Ain't No Other Man" won Best Pop Vocal Performance at the GRAMMYs; and its accompanying 2007 tour was the highest-grossing live run from a female headliner that year.



                                While Aguilera shows the world who she truly was on Stripped, BTB appeared to be the first time Xtina got to truly create a her own universe. The starlet recognized and owned that commitment in a 2006 interview with Blender magazine saying, "It's really true: With freedom comes a ton of responsibility. I'm the only one in charge of the ship now. And if it sinks, it's my fault."


                                Back to Basics' follow-up, 2010's Bionic, is more or less regarded as a commercial and critical disappointment, but also seemingly saw the singer's vision compromised. Goldfrapp spent days in Xtina's studio and was confirmed by the singer herself to have collaborated on the record, but was nowhere on the final credits. Meanwhile, some of the album's best and most forward-thinking tracks were delegated to bonus-track status and, most tellingly, Bionic collaborator Daniel Hunt of Ladytron said the initial vision of the album was altered due to label pressures. Two years later came 2012's Lotus which felt rushed, and without a cohesive sound and look; there was little indication that the album was another grand creation directly from Christina's mind.


                                If all goes as planned, Christina's sixth studio album will be out in 2016. The timing should have given Christina enough time (it's been nearly four years since Lotus) and afforded her enough experiences (her engagement to fiance Matthew Rutler, the birth of her daughter Summer) to create another full-fledged experience. As an album like Back to Basics proves, when Christina's given full artist control, fully realized greatness can occur.
                                http://www.fuse.tv/2016/01/christina-ag ... ss-of-2006
                                Whitney Houston

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                                • What an amazing album. I think i prefer it over Stripped, but i listen Stripped more because it's very nostalgic (BTB is too, but not that much) and because of singles that are highlights.

                                  BTB works better as an album.

                                  Such a shame Lotus happened, her run from Stripped - BTB - Bionic was great.

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                                  • Originally posted by GetBack
                                    A good album, but she really alienated a lot of her fans here. It's a polarizing concept album which worked for her artistry but started her detachment from her fans. She picked the right singles though.

                                    teenagers? yes. She gained a more mature audience though! You can't always win.


                                    if RCA had carefully promoted the album in specific radio formats (apart from pop), it would've done even better.

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                                    • "Slow Down Baby" is amazing!

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                                      • Originally posted by greek_boy
                                        Originally posted by GetBack
                                        A good album, but she really alienated a lot of her fans here. It's a polarizing concept album which worked for her artistry but started her detachment from her fans. She picked the right singles though.
                                        teenagers? yes. She gained a more mature audience though! You can't always win.
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                                        I was a teen when it came out and it actually made me a Christina fan. I didn't had much with Stripped when it came out, because I was younger and only actually liked Fighter and it's visual. But I ADORED everything about B2B, one of the very first albums I actually bought from my own savings.

                                        I agree though you can't always win and I dearly wish Christina would have continued with diving into different 'era's', like with this album.

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                                        • Makes Me Wanna Pray is still one of my all time favorites of Xtina.

                                          Can't believe it wasn't a single.
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                                          • She was ahead of everyone else when she did this. Now, the Mark Ronson sound is in and the current one now.

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                                            • This was the last album of hers I really liked. Here to Stay = wow just wow.

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                                              • Originally posted by ludichris
                                                This was the last album of hers I really liked. Here to Stay = wow just wow.
                                                Didn't you like Burlesque ? It is like Back to Basics 2.0, I mean not exactly like B2B, but similar. B2B is probably my most listened Christina (or non-Whitney) album ever.
                                                Whitney Houston

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                                                • Had this sold more, we could have had five singles and music videos at least.

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                                                  • Originally posted by Nippian93
                                                    Didn't you like Burlesque ? It is like Back to Basics 2.0, I mean not exactly like B2B, but similar. B2B is probably my most listened Christina (or non-Whitney) album ever.
                                                    No I did not like it. But I love the tracks on this and I think I have played the album tracks more than the Stripped album tracks. Songs like On Our Way and Without You instantly stood out to me back then and still do.

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