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Yet another new musical style for Christina
on 24 December 2015
There's a bit of everything on this album, and that can be either good or bad depending on your perspective - one person's eclectic is another person's all-over-the-place. I'm more in the latter camp, but that's not to say there isn't some great music here, and Christina's voice is so strong and interesting that there is much to recommend this album. My main problem is not so much with this album in isolation, but rather with trying to understand where Christina fits - is she a teen-pop Britney type as on her debut album ("Genie In A Bottle" etc), is she a hip-hop raunchy, sexy Pink-type as on her previous album "Stripped", or is she a classic R&B-jazz-blues act as on this album ? She seems to keep trying new things on for size, as proven by her follow-up album "Bionic" which is electro-pop !! Of course it is good for an artist to stretch themselves musically (look at Elvis Costello for example) but surely it makes sense to establish what your core style is first, and after this album I'm still not sure what Christina's is...