"Bionic" by Christina Aguilera: An album below expectations

Christina Pomoni By Christina Pomoni, 30th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1.gyo512/
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"Bionic" lacks personality. Without a hit lead single to capture the audience and Aguilera's multi-octave voice being overpowered by electronic sounds, the album doesn't sound too interesting, is sporadically sparkling, but basically dull.


Undoubtedly, Aguilera's long-anticipated follow-up to her "Backto Basics" album (2006) is not up to anyone's expectations - her fans, critics or the audience. The once one of the most prominent pop stars in the music industry seems to have lost a large amount of her star power, releasing a mediocre album that has hardly sold 200,000 copies 5 weeks after its release.

At first sight "Bionic" is a pop entertaining album that reflects influences from all Aguilera's co-stars in the pop stardom - Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and certainly sounds as a counter-response to Lady Gaga's "Monster" (2009). However, this doesn't seem to be enough. On the contrary, it seems to be one of the reasons for failure.

"Not Myself Tonight" is a Poor Copycat

The album's first single "Not Myself Tonight" is an amalgam of pop and rock influences that Aguilera doesn't even bother to filter to produce a new sound and image. As one watches the video of "Not Myself Tonight", Aguilera becomes Lady Gaga in "Bad Romance" especially when hiding one eye or being half naked among men, or performing wild sex in bed or featuring the robot-glam style. She also aspires to Madonna as a reference to the Queen of Pop, or possibly Marilyn Manson judging from the way her blue eyes shine under the heavy make-up. No matter what, for an album that came out 4 years after "Back to Basics", this first single is a poor copycat of past successful hits and Aguilera wastes her talent into moaning and making throaty sex sounds the last 45 seconds of the 3-minute song. This possibly explains why the song peak at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and fell off the chart completely.

"Bionic" Lacks Personality

One major problem with "Bionic" is that it lacks personality. Without a hit lead single to capture the audience, the album doesn't sound too interesting. Compared not only to "Back to Basics", but also to "Stripped" (2002), "Bionic" is sporadically sparkling, but basically a dull album. Although its futuristic sounds are not necessarily off-putting, the album cannot deliver hit tracks because it lacks direction. Aguilera's multi-octave voice - for which she has been repeatedly praised and announced as "the voice of her generation", - seems to be overpowered by electronic sounds that cancel out the singer's greatest asset. "Not Myself Tonight", "Woohoo", "Elastic Love", "I Hate Boys" and "Sex for Breakfast" are nothing special; basically commercial electronic dance hits that cannot really last.

"Bionic" Has Some Great Moments, Mostly Ballads

Although the album is overall mediocre, it would be unfair not to give credit to some exceptional tracks such as "Prima Donna", and "Glam". Both are well-structured dance hits with nice rhythm, upbeat tempo and R&B influences. "Bionic" features also three exceptional ballads, "All I Need", "You Lost Me" and "Lift Me Up", that all evoke Aguilera's great past performances.

Overall, "Bionic" is Disappointing

"Bionic" is overall a disappointing album. Aguilera tries to reinvest in her name, but she uses wrong investment vehicles. Instead of using her voice and talent, she jumps on the bandwagon of electronica and hyper-sex activity, serving nothing more than confusion to her fans. Her persistence on imitating Gaga throughout "Bionic" suggests that she doesn't feel, neither sound confident. After all, from a 18-songs set, Aguilera hardly manages to capture the audience's attention in 5, showing that this new kinky, robot-glam style doesn't really suit her even in this digital age.




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