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on 17 June 2004
I do not get this album at all. When the hideous song Genie In A Bottle is one of the highlights you know that you are onto a loser. I bought this having listened to and become a huge fan of Stripped - and if I had bought this first, I can assure you I would have not touched Stripped with a bargepole.
The writing is insiduous and rhyming couplets to a tune is not a class song - there is a lack of emotion and feeling in this album. Yes Christina does her best, and nobody can argue that she is a talent, but her voice is not developed in this horrible debut, and the songs do not help her cause.
Perhaps this is truly an album for 12 year old girls, but I hated it (I am neither 12, nor a girl - despite what some say). The highlights of the album, apart from the end, are Genie (which I hate) and the disapointng Somebody's Somebody. Penned by Dianne Warren, the lady behind Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, Leann Rimes' Can't Fight The Moonlight and other great romantic songs, this is the song that I presume everybody else rejected because it is awful, yet it is one of the best on here - what does that say?
I am a huge Christina - or should I say - Stripped fan, because based on this terrible collection of half hearted songs, with immature and what can only be described as tacky lyrics and the performers imperfected delievery I would put money on Christina having lost some fans - or definitely some respect for this back-catalogue. My advice - buy stripped, ignore this. Unfortunately it is still part of my cd collection, until I need a new drinks coaster.