Back to Basics [VINYL] Box set
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this all adds up to something attractively fresh. Fresh is the key in this day an age too many of her fellow performers stickin with the same formula for guaranteed success she constantly goes out of the way to find something different which is risky but she pulls it off again. simply beautiful!
01:Intro (Back To Basics) - Nice little intro, nothing special but I assume she'll keep the into's coming with every album: (6/10)
02:Makes Me Wanna Pray - Love the gospel vibe, the vocals are amazing although OTT but I like: (7/10)
03:Back In The Day - One of my favourates from disk one, fresh with a great vibe - it doesn't get much better: (9/10)
04:Ain't No Other Man - I've over-exposed myself to this track now, but a great comeback: (8/10)
05:Understand - I simply love it, such a great r&b ballad a true highlight: (9/10)
06:Slow Down Baby - The most urban track and it took me a while to get into but good enough to keep on listening: (7/10)
07:Oh Mother - heartfelt and moving, prehaps my favourate from disk 1: (10/10)
08:F.U.S.S (Interlude) - Um, lyrically hillarious and loving her attitude but why is it here!? Not necessary: (4/10)
09:On Our Way - Nice vibe but kinda average for her, I can still listen too it with ease though: (6/10)
10:Without You - Loving how different it is to the rest of the disk, has that mellowness I love: (8/10)
11:Still Dirrty - has one of the most addictive beats on the album, a good carry on from a classic pop song: (8/10)
12:Here To Stay - I hope she is! Although a weaker moment, its undoubtedly Aguilera with the empowering lyrics: (6/10)
13:Thank You(Dedication To Fans...) - well I like the beginning and the parts where she sings...: (2/10)
01:Enter The Circus - Just Genius: (10/10)
02:Welcome - love the lyrics, gives us a true taster of what her life is like as an entertainer: (8/10)
03:Candyman - fun, different and sexy. what more do you want from a record?Read more ›
I resisted buying this collection for a long time, because I'd liked Stripped so much that I knew I was expecting too much for a repeat. I was right, but the outcome is not all bad.
After the Intro, Makes Me Wanna Pray kicks off proceedings with a belting gospel sound, with Christina accompanied by Steve Winwood, who people of my generation will know from the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic.
Next up, Back In The Day is a dedication to the artistes who have presumably inspired the collection, opening with what sounds like a sample from Neneh Cherry's Buffalo Stance, and with voiceovers reminiscent of Greg Osby's Honor The Example from 3-D Lifestyles, though there are probably more people get namechecks - Miles, Trane and Otis Redding to name but three. If the song is successful in turning Aguilera's audience on to any one of the people namechecked then it's all right with me.
Understand samples the bluesy 1967 recording Nearer To You by soul diva Betty Harris, in which she was partnered by Allen Toussaint, which complements the main song well, but the sample also makes you want to hear more.
Oh Mother and Still Dirrty explore subjects Aguilera has tackled before - domestic violence and hypocrisy.
CD2 opens with a couple of circus-themed pieces, the first of which bizarrely brought to mind Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Karn Evil 9 (I'm sure Christina's never even heard of it!). The second, Welcome, is a good song, and uses Aguilera's cast-iron voice to full effect.
The set then moves on to three 1940s-style bump'n'grind songs.Read more ›
I loved stripped when it came out and still do, but some songs tend to have a unpolished feel to them and she likes to warble and trill all over them. But, not so much on this album. I can tell she's thought out carefully what she's singing. some songs she does go mad on, but some she holds back completely! giving them a timeless quality.
I must say I personally prefer the second disc. The songs a far stronger and can be listened to over and over and over.
The first disc has a lot of up tempo songs on, which are great, but with a concept album of 20's, 30's and 40's, you can't go in drastic new directions from the previous track.
'Makes me wanna pray'
all of them!
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