Christina Aguilera – Lotus

4 Dec

‘Lotus’ is the name, from Christina Aguilera seventh album. There are a few blinding dance-pop gems, there’s a sprinkling of lite-rock and even the occasional urban influence. But the emphasis is overwhelmingly on ballads. Aguilera knows that the big-lunged diva’s voice sets her apart from the competition, and they’ve taken every opportunity to show it off. With an instrument as powerful as this, there is an understandable temptation to over-sing but with a couple of notable exceptions the Voice judge manages to keep it under control. As a result, she turns in some of the best vocal performances of her career. It’s just a shame Christina hasn’t realized that she can demonstrate her vocal superiority just as effectively by singing uptempo tunes, because the dance tracks on Lotus are great. The album is by no means boring, but it does sound safe by comparison.

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