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on 18 August 2006
Out of its towering 20+ tracks, Back to Basics represents an ultimate in "quantity over quality"
Aguilera has lost sight of what makes her appealing, taking a drastic change from low class hooker to high class call girl, but her sound has lost its focus here.
What is she paying homage to? The generation of music she seems to be emulating is a lot better than the tracks she has on here, she fails to see what made the songs of those times great and instead provides overlong and extremely similar tracks that lack anything distinctive.
With perhaps three decent tracks on the entire two disc album, dissapointment doesn't quite cover it. It's a shame she ruined this opportunity, because with such a strong concept she could have had a monster album on her hands, instead she has a collection of fillers that blur into one big mess. And when a repetitive first single track like "Aint no Other Man" appears to be the best on your two disc set, then you know you have problems.
Aguilera will always have her fans, but this album puts down her infinitely more annoying "I am empowered, so I'll take off all of my clothes and act inappropriately" skit, but doesn't have the material to back up her classy image.