Christina Aguilera | Liberation

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Top 3 favourite songs

Liberation
2
1%
Searching For Maria
0
No votes
Maria
15
8%
Sick Of Sittin'
7
4%
Dreamers
1
1%
Fall In Line
15
8%
Right Moves
5
3%
Like I Do
24
13%
Deserve
33
18%
Twice
19
10%
I Don't Need It Anymore (Interlude)
0
No votes
Accelerate
15
8%
Pipe
20
11%
Masochist
18
10%
Unless It's With You
10
5%
 
Total votes : 184

Postby Loose » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:45 pm

We get a rather uncohesive record according to that review.

I think it’s generally a bit suspicious that they only mention the songs we know already + 2 unreleased one. But they have been commented on in articles before.

I wonder if that review is actually based on a listening experience.
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Postby Benjamin » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:37 pm

I'm so damn excited for this record.
Can't believe it's almost here :D
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Postby croatiaxtina » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:48 pm

I'm soooo excited
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Postby Loose » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:23 pm

I hope Unless It’s With You isn’t cheesy.

She’s done excellent ballads before (You Lost Me) but also bad ones (Hurt).

I’m sure I am going to like the R&B slow jams though!
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Postby croatiaxtina » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:30 pm

Loose wrote:She’s done excellent ballads before (You Lost Me) but also bad ones (Hurt).
Hurt is amazing :o
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Postby solitaire » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:03 pm

croatiaxtina wrote:
Loose wrote:She’s done excellent ballads before (You Lost Me) but also bad ones (Hurt).
Hurt is amazing :o
Hurt is one of her best. The emotion in it alone :o
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Postby Erotica » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:21 pm

Loose wrote:
She’s done excellent ballads before (Hurt) but also bad ones (You Lost Me).

that is how I see it :lol:
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Postby ThaInfo1 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:23 pm

I like you lost me :lol:

She doesn’t make a bad ballad to me...now uptempos...
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Postby RayRay » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:24 pm

I love Hurt. But I love You Lost Me even more.
Blank Page is another favorite of mine.
But the best one IMO is Walk Away.
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Postby Mainshow » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:33 pm

So it has already been leaked? - I won't listen to leaks but I would like to listen to snippets to all of the songs (don't know whether I should buy it on Friday or wait for a month when it's reduced for 4,99€).
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Postby Mainshow » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:39 pm

After 6 years, she's coming back with 11 tracks and 5 of them are featurings? - Mmh. - I love "Like I Do", though.
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Postby motta » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:44 pm

Saying Hurt or You Lost Me are bad is a blasphemy. Walk Away is also a great track. :)
Unfortunately there's no hype for me at all for the new album. It started good with Accelerate, then emotional beautiful ballad Twice but last two tracks are just underwhelming. Fall in Line is an unbearable screamfest and Like I Do couldn't even be a bonus track on Japanese version of Glitter or Britney Jean.
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Postby Mainshow » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:46 pm

Koniec! - The bonus tracks on "Britney Jean" were amazing, tbh :D - One could have deleted half of the standard album though :D

Btw, is "Liberation" about to get a deluxe edition?
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Postby motta » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:52 pm

Mainshow wrote:Koniec! - The bonus tracks on "Britney Jean" were amazing, tbh :D - One could have deleted half of the standard album though :D

Btw, is "Liberation" about to get a deluxe edition?
Das stimmt! 8-) I love Brightest Morning Star and Now That I Found You. Don't know about Liberation but it would be nice if there were more than 11 tracks since we already know more than 1/3 of the album and I guess we'll have to wait another 5 years for another release...
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Postby Mainshow » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:59 pm

motta wrote:
Mainshow wrote:Koniec! - The bonus tracks on "Britney Jean" were amazing, tbh :D - One could have deleted half of the standard album though :D

Btw, is "Liberation" about to get a deluxe edition?
Das stimmt! 8-) I love Brightest Morning Star and Now That I Found You. Don't know about Liberation but it would be nice if there were more than 11 tracks since we already know more than 1/3 of the album and I guess we'll have to wait another 5 years for another release...
Hehe dobrze that you know some Germany as well ;) - "Brightest Morning Star" is basically the only reason why I do not dislike to go back to "Britney Jean" from time to time.
It just feels so unfair it took Christina to release a new studio album after 6 years and all we get are 11 tracks (and 5 of them are featurings and like you said, we already know 1/3 of the album). - Don't get me wrong, I am happy she's back with new material but after recording songs for 5 years, it would have been nice to give loyal fans a bit more than 11 tracks, no? :D
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Postby croatiaxtina » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:00 pm

Can't wait toooo hear it... damn
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Postby Controlfreak » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:01 pm

Can't wait to hear. Hope it's better than Lotus.
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Postby Controlfreak » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:08 pm

New York Times

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Christina Aguilera Exults in Her Voice on ‘Liberation’

Nothing less than high drama suits Christina Aguilera’s voice. She can be brassy, tearful, sultry, gritty, breathy, sweet or furious. She can belt and she can tease; she can aim a note as directly as a missile or turn its trajectory into an aerobatic spiral of leaping, quivering, scalloping melismas. Her voice is not an instrument for making modest statements; it’s about peaks of self-affirmation, indescribable sensual pleasures, steely counterattacks and abysses of sorrow.

She unleashes all of them on “Liberation,” her eighth studio album and her first since “Lotus” in 2012. It’s a return to the pop fray after multiple seasons as a coach on “The Voice” that made sure viewers didn’t forget her vocal mastery. It’s an album of extreme ups and downs: wretched and ecstatic, calculating and abandoned, seesawing between angst and raunch. Heard as a whole — unlikely as that might be in 2018 — it’s an album that moves through trauma, lust, resistance, obsession and, finally, lasting love. Her extravagant vocal flourishes connect with sweeping emotion.

Top 10 pop — the realm where Ms. Aguilera has repeatedly proved herself since “Genie in a Bottle” in 1999 — doesn’t always reward big, natural voices as it once did, especially for singers who aren’t named Adele. Auto-Tune; hip-hop; and the nasal, narcotized, dispirited voices of SoundCloud rap compete with, and often out-stream, the kind of soulful vocal storytelling that would have had Ms. Aguilera flourishing in previous eras. A voice like hers has become something like a turntable: a vintage prize, a modern novelty, a niche taste.

Ms. Aguilera has adapted. Collaborating with stoned-sounding, scratchy-voiced rappers in electronic soundscapes is one of her necessary skills. “Accelerate,” produced by Kanye West and associates, was released as a single in advance of “Liberation”; with Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz leering at her over synthesizers, she tremulously sings, “Fill me up, that’s what I need.” Over a slow, slinky, trap-meets-dancehall groove in “Right Moves,” she coos just above a whisper about how someone can “love me till I can’t think straight,” abetted by two Jamaican dancehall performers, Keida and Shenseea. And in the nearly single-entendre “Pipe,” set to narrow-bandwidth trap drum sounds and keyboard tones, Ms. Aguilera is tremulous and accommodating with the rapper XNDA, sing-songing up and down a few notes: “Got a couple secrets that I’d really like to see if you could keep.”

“Liberation” presents itself as a new disclosure. Its cover photo is a headshot of Ms. Aguilera seemingly without makeup that reveals — shock! — freckles. Actually, the album reworks ideas that Ms. Aguilera has brandished at least since her 2002 album, “Stripped”: that women can be combative, sexy, compassionate, imperfect, sometimes self-doubting, sometimes victimized, sometimes even self-destructive, but still strong and worthy.

Now she delivers those convictions as an adult. Ms. Aguilera, 37, has been married and divorced. She is a mother of two and a seasoned celebrity who has been a national presence since her debut on the early-1990s version of “The Mickey Mouse Club” alongside Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. She shares “Fall in Line” with another former child star, Demi Lovato; it’s a defiant dirge addressed directly to “little girls” and it insists, “You do not owe them your body and your soul.” A hard-rock guitar riff backs Ms. Aguilera’s roughest Janis Joplin-style growls in “Sick of Sittin’,” which rails about the aftermath of money and fame: “I’ve been working too hard not to be living.”

She also flaunts her experience more playfully. In “Like I Do” — produced by Anderson.Paak with a flutelike loop as a hook — Ms. Aguilera responds to come-ons from the rapper GoldLink by singing, “Boy you already know my story/You were raised in all my glory” and, later, “Can’t play me, boy, I’m out of your league.” But she still flirts with him: “Just might have to show you/show you what I do.”

The album’s seduction songs do their job. But its doleful ones leap out. In “Masochist,” the chords are major and cushiony, but the lyrics are about compulsively returning to an abusive relationship: “Loving you is so bad for me/But I just can’t walk away.” The slow, blipping electronic track “Deserve,” written by the chronically despairing Julia Michaels and the producer MNEK (Uzoechi Emenike), zeros in on how the narrator sabotages her own romance. “Maria” Ms. Aguilera’s middle name — places her in utter existential misery, almost sobbing in her bluesy lower range: “How did I get so low?/When did I turn so cold?” And “Twice,” written by Kirby Lauryen, mournfully ponders sin, forgiveness and redemption, with only a gospelly piano accompanying a choir of Ms. Aguilera’s vocals.

Like a rom-com, the album closes with something like a wedding: “Unless It’s With You,” another song with a gospel foundation. It’s a backhanded proposal with an understated, ambivalent buildup musing on independence, uncertainty and “fairy tales of fake happiness.” But after her decision is made — “I don’t wanna get married/Unless it’s with you” — Ms. Aguilera’s voice leaps free, exulting in its range, its forcefulness, its grain and its melodic curlicues. She eases back just as the song ends, but she’s made her point: Only her own choices will contain her.
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Postby Controlfreak » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:13 pm

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Christina Aguilera Liberation Review

Libration as a theme has frequently figured into the albums of female pop singers recently freed from the shackles of their (typically male) handlers. But the latest artist to employ emancipation as a pop narrative seemingly already took control of her career more than a decade and a half ago, when she tossed on a pair of assless chaps and anointed herself with the porn-grade moniker Xtina. Ironically, it was Christina Aguilera's creative autonomy—which later resulted in the two-disc concept album Back to Basics, followed by an innovative but uneven foray into electro-pop, Bionic—that likely derailed her career and prompted her to release the catchy but innocuous Lotus in 2012.

The exact nature of the autonomy that Aguilera is celebrating on Liberation, then, might not be instantly apparent. The commercial failure of her previous two efforts may have freed her from multi-platinum expectations, but it's more likely that she's reveling in freedom of a personal kind. “So tired of painting on all this makeup/'Cause it won't hide my defects,” Aguilera sings on “Maria,” echoing her recently declared intentions to strip back the aesthetic and musical theatrics that have come to define her work. Produced by Kanye West, the song purportedly finds Aguilera reclaiming her love of music as an outlet for escape, boldly mixing show tunes, Motown, and hip-hop. It doesn't always work—the sped-up vocal samples from Michael Jackson's “Maria (You Were the Only One)” are a retread of a gimmick West wore out years ago—but this bonkers approach to pastiche surely sounds like liberation.

The album's first single, the deliciously weird “Accelerate,” is even more forward-minded. “Come on, babe, pick up your speed,” Aguilera beckons, but the track never takes off like one might expect, content to bustle along on a perpetually shifting beat, rumbling electro bassline, and skittering trap effects, fading out while the singer sensually vamps over a minimal backing track. Unfortunately, the rest of Liberation plays it frustratingly safe, relying on smooth, competent R&B like “Deserve” and “Pipe.” And though Aguilera delivers a characteristically virtuosic performance on the stripped-down power ballad “Unless It's with You” and a slinky, understated vocal on the dancehall-infused “Right Moves,” she turns it up to 10 from the very first bar of the funk-lite “Sick of Sittin',” leaving her (and the song) with nowhere to go.

The album is otherwise liberated from the sonic bombast that has marred Aguilera's past releases. But her no less nagging penchant for indulgent interludes and inviting her children into the recording booth rears its head here. Liberation opens with a dramatic, cinematic overture that, like the reference to The Sound of Music on the intro to “Maria,” feels jarring on an album so steeped in contemporary R&B and hip-hop. The biggest offender is a prologue to the duet “Fall In Line” that features young girls—including Aguilera's three-year-old daughter, Summer Rain—expressing their life and career aspirations. A final declaration, “I wanna be president,” is especially poignant, but it's a sentiment that's less head-thuddingly delivered by the gritty feminist anthem that follows. And that's saying something.
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Postby Westen » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:15 pm

She'll never please critics. Her tone is simply putting some people off
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Postby croatiaxtina » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:16 pm

Nice review. But still tells nothing more then few new info about some songs...
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Postby DoesAnybody » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:33 pm

Now I get why the sticker:

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What a GENIUS, lol
Booklet has no lyrics though :( but from what I've read, the booklet is gorgeous with lots of pics and they say it reminds of a Vogue magazine.
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Postby Westen » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:35 pm

I've seen booklet. First half of booklet has pics, second part credits and thank yous.

Pics are nice, but i prefer having lyrics over pics
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Postby DoesAnybody » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:59 pm

Westen wrote:Pics are nice, but i prefer having lyrics over pics
Yeah me too. Well, actually lyrics and lots of photos.
But the experience of listening the album for the first time while holding the booklet and reading the lyrics will be gone this time :cry:
First time she does not include them. I wonder why, RCA to blame I guess.
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Postby tyguy723 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:28 pm

DoesAnybody wrote:
Westen wrote:Pics are nice, but i prefer having lyrics over pics
Yeah me too. Well, actually lyrics and lots of photos.
But the experience of listening the album for the first time while holding the booklet and reading the lyrics will be gone this time :cry:
First time she does not include them. I wonder why, RCA to blame I guess.
Last album on her contract with current label...
No lyrics in the booklet...
Most likely going to flop commercially...
But a return to form in musicality...

This is truly Xtina's Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse era :oops:
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