After the 78 odd minutes of screaming known as Christina Aguilera’s ‘Back to Basics’, many of her more conservative fans were grateful to still have their ability to hear. However, since her more restrained ‘Bionic’ effort didn’t yield sales to match its platinum-certified predecessor, the powerhouse is returning to her old tricks on her ‘Lotus’ album.
Opting to abandon Linda Perry, who kept Aguilera’s wailing ways in check while recording ‘Beautiful’, the latter has enlisted Alex Da Kid, Sia, Candice Pillay and Max Martin for ‘Lotus’. Among the songs set to be included on ‘Lotus’ are the lead single, ‘Your Body’, ‘Make the World Move (Ft. Cee Lo Green)’, ‘Cease Fire’ and ‘Blank Page’.
Speaking to Billboard, noted that she experimented with a calmer vocal approach on ‘Bionic’. ”I wanted to play with different sounds and textures of my voice while bringing an electronica feel to it because that’s what I was listening to a lot at the time.” Yet, she will unleash her grunted battle cry in full force on ‘Lotus’ via tunes such as the anthem ‘Army of Me’, which she has deemed ‘Fighter 2.0′, and vocally challenging ‘Sing for Me’.
So, who do we have to thank for Aguilera’s revived urge to over-sing on ‘Lotus’? The contestants of ‘The Voice’ are responsible for this situation because they reminded her of the days when she tried
and failed to imitate the stylings of her favourite artists.
“[The contestants] come up to you and they’re such big fans and they share with you what song touched them the most and how they had to learn every single ad lib and dissect it,” Aguilera stated. “As a vocalist it brought me back to, “yeah, that’s what I used to do to my Whitney Houston record and my Mariah Carey record and my Etta James record.”
“It brings you back to a place where it becomes your personal responsibility to infuse the next generation with more information about learning every intricate note. That’s why a song called ‘Sing for Me’ is special song. It’s one of those singer’s songs where if you’re not a vocalist you can’t mess with that song.”
Here we go again, Dorothy. That destructive tornado known as Hurricane Aguilera is about to sweep through and destroy our little musical farm, leaving nothing except pain in its wake. Yet, just like an actual twister, Aguilera’s vocal cords will roar pass before imploding and vanishing for good.
Judging by the amount of damage already done to her voice at this young age, this Aguilera storm won’t last very long so there is no real need to panic. Just let to scream until it blows away like the memory of past album sales.