After kind of losing her way with 2010′s “Bionic,” Christina Aguilera went back to the basics. The results is her new album “Lotus,” an incredibly more cohesive set that sees Aguilera still trying out new genres but in a much more subtle and authentic way.
The 13-track standard version of the album holds several glowing stand-outs. Here are the four we really think you need to know:
Red Hot Kinda Love: Xtina gets fun, sexy and flirty on this single-worthy track co-written by Barbadian singer/songwriter Livvi Franc. “Oh baby, I’m burnin’ up. I wasn’t tryna fall for ya. Oh baby, I’m burnin’ up. You got that red hot kind of love,” Aguilera sings on the chorus. It’s got sing-along qualities that will definitely make this a fun song to take on the road.
Blank Page: Christina re-teams with Sia for yet another stunning, vulnerable ballad. Xtina shows off her fantastic vocal range without doing too much–something that Aguilera tends to unnecessarily do. It’s no surprise that this track is so good–Sia helped Xtina craft one of the best songs of her career with “I Am” from “Bionic.”
Circles: Let’s face it: As much as we love Xtina for her incredible voice, we also love her for her feisty personality. On “Circles,” Christina makes no apologies for how fresh she is and if you can’t deal, tell it to her middle finger. The tune is a brilliant mix of pop, r&b with a rockstar-worthy chorus.
Just A Fool: Christina’s “The Voice” co-star, Blake Shelton, isn’t known for being a powerhouse singer but surprisingly, he keeps up with her quite well on this duet. The song doesn’t take either singer too far out of their comfort zones. It’s just the right amount of country and pop and should perform quite well for the two on the charts.