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Stripped is the second album from American Pop Star Christina Aguilera. The album was released in 2002. The CD is currently available to buy from Amazon from as little as £1.70 which I think is excellent value for money. My favourite songs on here are: ~ * Can't Hold Us Down * ~ Now this song not only has a catchy beat but it also screams girl power. This song has some interesting lyrics which are so true. ~ * Fighter * ~ I love this song. It's so powerful and shows off Christina's strong voice. Again I love how it tells a story and is very positive. A good song to listen to when you're feeling down! ~ * Infatuation * ~ I love, love, love this song. I love the latin music. Another strong song which tells a story. Love this song - it's so catchy. ~ * Voice Within * ~ How amazing is this song! It's so emotional to listen to - Christina really puts all of her emotion into this song. It is so powerful and suits Christina's powerful voice. A beautiful song. ~ * I'm Ok * ~ Another highly emotional and personal song to Christina. It's really beautiful! I'm really impressed with this album. I think that it is fantastic and possibly one of the best ever albums I have ever listened to. It's beautifully crafted and each song is perfected to the best it can be - this album was definitely not rushed. It's just perfect. There are some amazing songs on here - I am the kind of person who is forever skipping tracks when listening to albums and yet I have to say that there is not one song which I feel I have to skip - I can listen to this album from start to finish and each song is instantly likeable and so you don't need to listen to the album a few times for it to 'grow on you'. There really is something to suit everyone on this album from upbeat songs, to beautiful soft ballads, to big powerful ballads to urban tracks. It really is an amazing album! I love how the album is full of emotion. I don't think I have ever heard such an emotional album. Each song is personal to Christina and the songs are all based on personal experience. The album really tells you a lot about Christina and about what she has been through. I feel as though I really got to know Christina through her music. By the end of this album I feel as though I have been on a personal and emotional journey with Christna. This album shows off Christina's voice - she is amazing and is so talented. She has such a powerful song. The songs on here really suit her voice, from the upbeat songs to the powerful ballads and softer songs. She is a really versatile artist and can turn her hand to any style of music. I love Latin music and was impressed that she has got some Latin themed songs on here - plus she can sing in Spanish. I'm so impressed! I would definitely recommend this album! Thanks for reading! November 2013 Xd-o-n-z-x
After Christina Aguilera's first 'bubble-gum' pop album, I wasn't particularly excited or expecting great stuff from her in 'Stripped'. How very wrong I was. This is a fantastic album, where Aguilera delivers vocally, musically and lyrically. 1. Stripped (Intro) - This is a great start to the album, and although not being so much a song, it sets the scene for the album, where we are told by Aguilera that, Sorry I come too real, I will never hide what I really feel'. It starts off with sound effects, and 'clips' from Aguilera, and the critics and paparazzi. 2. Can't Hold Us Down - A woman's anthem. 'This is for my girls all 'round the world, who have come across a man that don't respect your worth, thinkin' all women should be seen not heard.' There is a good beat to the song, and hints that this is not going to be an album soley about love, rather not being put down by anyone. Also featuring Lil Kim, the two of them make a successful 'independent women's' song. 3. Walk Away - One of the more soulful songs of the album. This shows-off Aguilera's vocal talent, and lasting 5 mins, 47 secs, this is a powerful song, 'I was naive, your love was like candy, artificially sweet, I was deceived by the wrapping.' 4. Fighter - Running seamlessly through from Walk Away, this is rockier than the rest of the songs, and Christina's raspy, powerful voice are perfect for this song. It has a great, memorable chorus, with powerful lyrics such as 'Thought I would forget, I remember'. I certainly wouldn't want to be the one Aguilera directs this song to!! 5. Primer Amor Interlude - As the title suggests, an peaceful interlude, with Aguilera speaking spanish over some guitars. Hints that we are perhaps going to tone it down a bit for the next 'section'. 6. Infatuation - A perfect song after the Interlude. This song has mediteranian influences, and talks about how the girl got infatuated even though 'mama always told me to beware those Latin lovers.' 7. Love's Imbrace Interlude - Not much to say for this. A few nice bird sounds, and Aguilera speaking, and that's it really. 8. Loving Me 4 Me - Running seamlessly on from the interlude, although quite a 'nice' song, it is not one of my favourites, and one which I would skip. 9. Impossible - a more 'jazzy' song on the album, with a piano intro by Alicia Keys. 10. Underappreciated - Not personally one of my favourite songs, and not one I've listened to much, so I don't have much to say. It is another woman's song, 'I feel underappreciated, Now girls help me out, Cause you know what I'm talking about.' 12. Beautiful - Probably the best known song of the album. An uplifting ballad which is easy to pick-up and sing along. Written by Linda Perry, as with her other work on other albums, this is a very successful, commerical ballad, and who can be surprised with lyrics such as, 'We are beautiful, no matter what they say, words can't bring us down.' 13. Make Over - This is one of the more up-beat songs of the albums and here features more of the feel good, 'Save it, all your bullshit for another day'. 14. Cruz - Harmonies introduce us here, 'I'm leaving today, livin' it, leaving it to change.' This has another great melody to latch onto and sing along. As with many of Aguilera's songs on this album, they are inspirational lyrics, 'Turn down the memories of yesteryears and broken dreams, I'm free'. 15. Soar - Another inspirational song. Vocally, Aguilera isn't at her best here, only showing one side to her voice, but the rest of the songs on the album do justice to the 'other sides' to her voice, so apart from this, this is a great song, with brilliant lyrics, 'Don't be scared to fly alone, find a path that is your own.' 16. Get Mine, Get Yours - This introduces us to the more provocative songs on the albums. With lyrics such as, 'Hang a 'Please don't disturb sign, put my back into a slow grind', we know that this is not going to be one of her earlier innocent songs, like 'Genie in a Bottle'. Aguilera has grown up and she's not afraid to show it. 17. Dirrty - One of the big singles of the album, this is an extremely catchy song, and you can't fail to sing along, even if you don't like it. 'Wanna get rowdy, wanna get a little unruly'. 18. Stripped pt. 2 - This is another interlude/break to the album, and after the provocative songs just before, Aguilera tells us 'Sorry I'm not a virgin, sorry I'm not a slut', but tells us that she doesn't care what we think, 'I won't let you break me, think what you want.' 19. The Voice Within - This is another of Aguilera's ballad singles, and it really is incredibly moving and beautfiul. Starting off with a simple piano introduction, we are not prepared for the powerful chorus, but we're not complaining. With inspirational lyrics such as 'Young girl, don't cry, I'll be right here when your world starts to fall.' Although used a lot as 'karaoke' due to the catchy chorus, this remains a beautiful ballad. 20. I'm OK - This is an incredibly sad and moving song, starting off with voices shouting and crying. With lyrics such as 'Bruises fade father, but the pain remains the same', and after watching this live, and hearing her explain about her childhood, and the abuse her and her mum suffered at the hands of Aguilera's father, this is a truly personal, and moving song. 21. Keep On Singing My Song - A fantastic end to the album. Just a shame it finishes at this point. A brilliant song, both musically and lyrically. Vocally, Aguilera is at her best here. Finishing with an inspirational song seems fitting as this is the main 'theme' for a lot of the songs on this album. Watch out at the end for talking by Aguilera and the producers about a minute after the song finishes. It is a bit random and pointless, especially when you put it on your ipod, as you have to switch this song at the end.
Christina Aguilera is woman who I admire very much. She's an established pop singer from America who's also known for being a bit naughty. Christina is truly a beautiful and talented woman. No one can take that away from her and she tells us this on Stripped. In this album she works with the likes of Linda Perry, Alicia Keys, Lil Kim and Redman. Stripped is her fourth studio album, though most people consider it her second because they exclude her Christmas and Spanish album. It was released in October 2002 under the label RCA. As much as I would love to write that there are no advantages, there are some flaws on this album. I think it's the flaws in the trashy image that help make the album unique in my eyes. While I embrace this album, I don't think this album will suit everyone. I think people might also be put off by how personal the album is because it might prove to be a bit too much. Her vocal ranges that are sometimes known as screaming may be too much as all. But it's an album that no one will forget in a long time. The interludes and stripped intro put me straight into the mood of the album. The choices of singles were fantastic. Dirrty, Can't Hold Us Down, Fighter, Beautiful and The Voice Within are epic tracks because they're so deep and uplifting and so thought provoking. The variety in the album helps make me as a listener, quite satisfied with its admirable balance of anthems, hits and ballads. I'm Okay nearly made me cry at the first listen. Soar and Make Over are also stand out tracks. All the songs are amazing in their own way. This is more than just a pop album or a collection of twenty tracks. It's a story. It's Christina bearing her soul bare to the masses, fighting against her struggles and embracing her strengths. It's so personal to the point I felt as if I was listening to an audio book. My favourite track from the album is Fighter and it remains of my favourite songs from her. I love the distorted orchestras and guitars on it. Her voice is powerful and I think it works exceptionally well within the sub genres of rock. I love the attitude of this song. Another track worth a good mention is Infatuation. I love the Latin vibes and guitars in this one because it's ridiculously catchy at best. Get Mine, Get Yours is the most cheekiest track of the album. Saucy lyrics, sweet vocals and pretty much promotes sex without love. At first I thought it sounded a bit out of place on the album, but it's catchy and completely innocent compared to Dirrty which is pure R&B filth. Christina made a lot of risks taking over complete creative control and ditching her innocent Disney girl image, but I think the risks where worth it because it helped create my favourite album of all time. If I could only listen to one album, it would be this one. This is my favourite album and was one of the first albums I was truly excited for. I love her creativity and bravery and I have all her albums and I think she is one of the best mainstream artists of all time. Her debut album, Back To Basics, Bionic, My kind Of Christmas, Mi Reflecto and Just Be free, they are all pretty good, but this, in my opinion is truly her best. This is an album I would strongly recommend. This is Christina Aguilera's masterpiece. 1) Stripped Intro - "Allow me to introduce myself, want you to come a little closer. I'd like you to get to know me a little better. Meet the real me." 5/5 2 )Can't Hold Us Down (featuring Lil' Kim) - "When a female fires back suddenly big talker don't know how to act." 5/5 3 )Walk Away - "Every breathe I take leads to one mistake." - 5/5 4 )Fighter - "Thanks for making me a fighter." -5/5 5) Primer Amor Interlude - 5/5 6) Infatuation - "Mama used to warn me to beware those Latin lovers." 5/5 7) Loves Embrace Interlude - "You make me wanna fly." 5/5 8) Loving Me 4 Me - "Stripped of all make up, no need for fancy clothes." 5/5 9 ) Impossible - "This is not a circus don't you take me for a clown." 5/5 10) Underappreciated - "I'm feeling underappreciated for all the time and effort I have put in this commitment." 5/5 11) Beautiful - "Words can't bring me down." 5/5 12) Make Over - "I just want to get away, saving all your bullshit for another day." 5/5 13) Cruz - "Celebrating a fantasy come true. Packing all my bags finally on the move." 5/5 14 ) Soar - "The boy who wonders, is he good enough for them keep trying to please them all but he just never seems to fit in." 5/5 15) Get Mine, Get Yours - "Gotta hit that spot just right Work me like a 9 to 5." - 5/5 16) Dirrty - "Sweating till my clothes come off." 5/5 17) Stripped Pt. 2 - "Sorry I'm not a virgin. Sorry I'm not a slut." 5/5 18) The Voice Within - "When there's no one else, look inside yourself like your oldest friend just trust the voice within." 5/5 19) I'm OK - "Bruises fade father, but the pain remains the same." 5/5 20) Keep On Singin' My Song - "Say goodbye to all the tears I've cried." 5/5
Between 1998 and 1999 the music world was greeted by two young females who would change the industry forever - Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Britney Spears offered catchy pop hits, excellent dancing and out of this world shows. Christina Aguilera offered her voice. After recording 'Reflection' for the disney film 'Mulan' in 1998, Christina was signed to RCA records. In 1999, Christina released her debut album 'Christina Aguilera'. This featured hits such as 'Genie In A Bottle', 'What A Girl Wants' and 'Come On Over'. She then released 'Mi Reflejo' - a latin album, which although was not her biggest selling album, confirmed her talent and her place within the industry. Due to her success, she was pushed to work too much and in the end, parted with her management and went on to sign with BMG. In 2002, Christina took charge of her next album 'Stripped' which took her away from the cheesy pop she was known for, and created a darker, more promiscuous album. She wrote about the domestic abuse in her home singing with sincere emotion that comes across in the second to last track on the album 'I'm OK'. Her more controversial side comes across in tracks such as 'Dirrty', 'Can't Hold Us Down', 'Get Mine Get Yours'. The album also includes her big hits 'Fighter' and 'Beautiful'. Christina Aguilera reinvents herself for each of her albums, and although she received a lot of criticism for being so raunchy, her vocals and songs in general on this album, showcase some of her best work.
Released a couple of years after her first, "Stripped" was Christina Aguilera's second album and a featured not only a revolution in sound, but also image for the Pop singer as she took on more R&B and Rock influences whilst taking on a much edgier look to rival other big-name young female vocalists who were visibly growing up in front of people's eyes. 1. "Stripped" (Intro) 2. "Can't Hold Us Down" The album gets off to a great start as we're thrown right into one of the top tunes from the album. This is a raw track and finds the Pop star going right in for a some pure R&B material and gets a little help along the way from Brooklyn's Lil' Kim. There's little faulting this track as it has so much energy and finds her really getting the chance to establish the sort of direction she's attempting to take this release in. **Five Stars** 3. "Walk Away" We get a sudden change in the direction of the music here as this one seems to give a bit of a preview of where she'd go for "Back To Basics". On this one we have a bluesy offering from the artist as she shows where she's found inspiration from other big voices in the industry (especially from before her time), and in the process comes out with a very memorable slow-moving track here. **Four Stars** 4. "Fighter" With this one Christina takes us right into a very memorable Pop single from her. I felt that this was a significant cut off the thing as here we get a great look at just how well she's able to manage some raw Rock backing in a watered-down Metal fashion and she does a great job at ensuring that it does the intended job at making for a tune which enables her to be seen as a strong woman with the ability to do lots alone. **Five Stars** 5. "Primer Amor" (Lude) 6. "Infatuation" Scott Storch gets up on the beats for this one and comes out with a little something which takes on a light Hip Hop feel through its percussion, however the rest of it has a distinctive Latin feel and so leads on well from the interlude which came before it. Songs such as this one aren't usually to my taste, however the way Christina does it ensures that you won't be put off by the additional influences. **Four Stars** 7. "Loves Embrace" (Lude) 8. "Loving Me 4 Me" I saw this to be a nice example of Christina taking on a style that you wouldn't immediately associate her with. For this one she decides that it's about time that she goes for a nice little slow jam with lots taken from the sort of thing that was heard with the early eighties R&B sounds. I thought that this one suited her style well and so enabled the consistency of the record up to this point to persist well. **Four Stars** 9. "Impossible" On this one we get a track composed by Alicia Keys as she comes to play the paino and support Christina along the way as she comes to get things done and show how she can work when the backing is somewhat stripped-down. This is a slow-paced tune and finds that she puts up a great display whilst showing that her vocals are still amongst the best you'll find anywhere in the music scene of that time. **Four Stars** 10. "Underappreciated" I saw this to be an exciting inclusion to the album here as we find that the course of the album takes a very funky turn as Scott Storch (a former member of The Roots - the Philadelphia Hip Hop band), we're given a track that has her going about things in the sort of way that we'd see from Joss Stone soon after. There's a lot to like about it and I thought that it was one of the best tracks from the thing not to see single release. **Five Stars** 11. "Beautiful" The song is just as the title says and stands as a track that you really can't have any issues with as it's so well put-together. On it, we get a very emotive ballad from the artist as she comes with an empowering song performed in a very slow tempo. This track garnered her a lot of well-deserved attention and shows where she performs the best. If you really feel it then you're bound to love it from the get-go. **Five Stars** 12. "Make Over" As we come off a rather intense tune, we find ourselves taken in a bit of a different direction as she decides to kick up the pace to the music and give the thing a bit more of a string to it. I can't say that I really felt all that much for this tune as it's rather simplistic and lacks the energy of especially-powerful vocals that we got elsewhere and so it stands as forgettable filler within the record that you're not likely to see much quality in. **Two Stars** 13. "Cruz" This is another slow-moving track from her as she gets right into another ballad piece. Rolling on from the last, I have to say that I saw this one to be a rather weak and as if it just didn't have the same sort of qualities that other tracks of its sort possessed. It sounds as though they're attempting to capitalise upon the success of "Beautiful" by coming with something else of the same vein, but its only an average one. **Three Stars** 14. "Soar" On this one we get a track done in mid-tempo and it sounds to be a chance for the artist to come out with a little something that has her making an effort to come out with a little something that has her trying to show more of what her voice can bring with it as it comes to get backed by some fierce production which demands attention and ensures that you'll want to be a part of what this one brings along with it. **Four Stars** 15. "Get Mine, Get Yours" This is a fresh cut from here and one that gets more of the funkiness from earlier-on, on the album brought back to show that she's not afraid to get down with the more bassy and groove-driven material than the melody-directed work as it seems to show how the music works on lots of differing layers at the same time and so has a great deal of musical depth to it whilst she comes to sing in her new 'dirrty' persona in a suitable manner. **Five Stars** 16. "Dirrty" With this one we're thrown right into one of the biggest singles for the artist and really the single track which defined this phase in her career. In a massive change to the flow, the Hip Hop producer Rockwilder gets on the cut and in doing so brings in long-time collaborator Redman to provide a few raps on the side to assist it and get a little more of the urban edge to the music she seems to be pushing for here. **Four Stars** 17. "Stripped Part 2" (Lude) 18. "The Voice Within" This is another powerful one from Christina and one that seems to really take you by surprise in that it was chosen as a single and did quite well, but wasn't really the type of cut to get put out in such a way. Here she takes on an unconventional ballad structure but performs it in a traditional way and makes for a tune that I felt really stood apart from any of the other great tunes which primarily rely upon the power of her voice. **Five Stars** 19. "I'm OK" I saw this as another rather plain tune from here and something that sounded as though it was pushing for something much bigger which it simply couldn't get a full grip on. This is a slow, dragging track which did very little for me. On it, she's backed quite simply by string and a little acoustic guitar work, however I felt that it didn't really have all that much depth to it and it made it another one you're unlikely to remember. **Two Stars** 20. "Keep On Singin' My Song" The album comes to an end with Christina choosing to go for a song that I felt sounded quite 'safe'. I felt this way as it wasn't as 'out-there' as others on the release where it was quite risky and perhaps would only appeal to a few instead of a broad range of listeners. I wouldn't consider this one to be all that straight-forward, but if you're a fan of her work then you're bound to enjoy how she closes the release off with this Gospel-edged song. **Four Stars** I have to say that I saw this to be a rather disappointing album. I felt that it didn't really go much further in her last in that it's just as inconsistent. It also became apparent that the new look she went for only really translated itself musically into a few of the recordings here and so wasn't quite the massive change that most expected it to be. This being said, there's lots to like about it with many treats along the way.
If you were a lover of Christina Aguilera - Mickey Mouse Girl, then you probably will have to look beyond the revealing clothes, suggestive lyrics, and blaring high notes. In my opinon, this album is what made her who she is. 'Genie in a Bottle' was a catchy tune, but her old songs can't even compare to this amazing belting album. Christina really outdone herself when she created this. If you like soulful pop music, then you will adore this. Becoming, as she put it, 'A woman' she released songs such as 'Dirrty', which was the complete opposite to her past figure when she made the song 'What a girl wants'. By listening to this album you can almost feel the emotion she probably made when writing this album, such as the song 'I'm Ok' which was written about her dad and his abusive ways towards her and her mother. Christina Aguilera has become a world wide pop superstar and i don't think shes going to end that reign anytime soon. I give this 5 stars and hope that anyone who hasn't listened to this album yet, even though in my opinon that's pretty hard to believe, that you should buy this, and a fiver is a good bargain. And also for you to listen to 'Back to Basics' which was the album following. They're both truly amazing.
This album was the first Christina Aguilera album I bought. I never bothered with her first one, but after hearing hits like Dirrty, Beautiful and Fighter I decided to take the plunge. This album is an epic: with 20 tracks it's like a journey through Christina's life. All the songs are very different and you really feel like you've experienced something good once the album's finished! Track Listing 1. Stripped Pt.1 - Nice intro, begins the album well. 2. Can't Hold Us Down - Hit single featuring Lil' Kim. Great song, with a strong RnB feel and rap. 3. Walk Away - Good song about trying to leave a bad relationship. 4. Fighter - My favourite song on this album. It's a rock song really, with lots of guitar riffs. 5. Primer Amor (interlude) - Short interlude that leads into the next section of the album. 6. Infatuation - This song has a Latino feel. 7. Love's Embrace (interlude) - Similar to previous interlude (not sure why there are two of these so close together) 8. Loving Me For Me - A gentle song that sees Christina singing more softly, about finding a relationship that's right. 9. Impossible - This one features Alicia Keys and has a strong piano element. 10. Underappreciated - Has a bit of a Motown feel. 11. Beautiful - As the name suggests, a beautiful ballad. One to listen to when you're feeling down. 12. Make Over - Sounds a little bit like Sugababes' Overload. 13. Cruz - Featuring Linda Perry, this is a reflective ballad. 14. Soar - A really uplifting, positive song. 15. Get Mine, Get Yours - Quite a naughty and raunchy song, paves the way for the one following it! 16. Dirrty - This song is a classic! Unmistakably catchy and makes me want to dance. I don't normally like rap but I love Redman's bit towards the end. 17. Stripped Pt.2 - Another short interlude. 18. The Voice Within - Another ballad, this one's awesome too. 19. I'm OK - This song is obviously personal and quite painful - it's hard to listen to sometimes. Very good though. 20. Keep On Singing My Song - A positive, reflective song to end the album with. The amazing thing about this album is that there are so many musical styles. There's rock, pop, RnB, Latin beats, ballads... everything! It's an album you can listen to all in one go, letting it take you on a journey, or pick one or two songs that fit your mood. Far beyond anything that most pop artists can produce. Amazing.
Released in 2002, Stripped is the second album of the amazing singer Christina Aguilera. It reached both the UK's and USA's top two in the album charts, was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, and came in at number 10 in the USA and number 3 in the UK of top selling albums of the year. It has sold over 4.1 million copies in the USA and over 1.5 million in the UK. The album contains some of Aguilera's best and most popular songs including 'Dirrty' and 'Beautiful' which topped the UK singles chart, 'Fighter' and 'Can't Hold Us Down'. Aguilera had much influence and control in this album, co-writing 14 of the songs herself including many important matters to her as well as many of her own experiences. This album 'strips' down the singer and contains many emotional songs about her life including 'I'm OK' which tells the story of her painful childhood, 'Infatuation' and ' Underappreciated' which are accounts of former relationships, 'Can't Hold Us Down' which is a song to make women feel empowered, and of course the popular 'Beautiful', a song touching on many important issues including self-esteem, bullying, anorexia and homosexuality. Stripped transforms the previously sweet and innocent girl from her first album to a mixture of a tough, sexy, scantily-clad woman, and a fragile and low self-esteemed girl. This is what makes this album so brilliant in my eyes because it includes a wide range of songs and music from pop, R&B, hip hop, soul, gospel and blues. Whether you feel like dancing, crying, singing your heart out or getting dirrty, there's going to be something on here to satisfy you. ~ Track listing ~ 1. Stripped Intro 2. Can't Hold Us Down (featuring Lil' Kim) 3. Walk Away 4. Fighter 5. Primer Amor Interlude 6. Infatuation 7. Loves Embrace Interlude 8. Loving Me 4 Me 9. Impossible (written by Alicia Keys) 10. Underappreciated 11. Beautiful 12. Make Over 13. Cruz 14. Soar 15. Get Mine, Get Yours 16. Dirrty (featuring Redman) 17. Stripped Pt. 2 18. The Voice Within 19. I'm OK 20. Keep on Singin' My Song
It was a record selling album when it came out and some tracks got well overplayed - I did get bored of hearing it for a while, but there are more tracks I find worth listening to than just the singles hits!!!! The case is quite simple a black and white photo and the name is all that's on the cover - quite simple and classic look! Tracks 1 Stripped [Intro] (1:39) - Nice instrumental, but feels like a filler, its in tune with the rest of the album, but not particularly essential. 2 Can't Hold Us Down (4:15) - with Lil Kim. This is a bit of a girl power song - us against the world! It is catchy and the refrain will stay in your head! 3 Walk Away (5:47) - This is a fantastic song! It's one of those that really struck a chord with me. Knowing you should walk away but not quite wanting to! 4 Fighter (4:05) - This was a big hit from the album. It's feisty and rebellious and really really makes you want to get up and do something - I find this a great motivator to run to!!!!! 5 Primer Amor [Interlude] (0:53) - Another short. This time with Spanish lyrics. It is quite calming and a bit of a contrast to most of the album. 6 Infatuation (4:17) - Fast paced but romantic song about an infatuation with a certain man! I find this track a bit full on and prefer some of the others on the album. 7 Loves Embrace [Interlude] (0:46) - another short one. This is more speech over music at first particularly. 8 Loving Me 4 Me (4:36) - Gentle lulling song. Quite paced and high pitched, but I still find it quite soothing! 9 Impossible (4:14) - this song is quite regimented by the drum beats and has a more serious feel than most on the album. It changes the pace a bit. 10 Underappreciated (4:00) - Catchy refrain you want to sing along with. 11 Beautiful (3:58) - Another hit song. This is quite empowering and positive- I often listen to it if I'm feeling low. The melody is lovely. 12 Make Over (4:12) - This is another girl empowerment song. It sounds quite girl bandy. 13 Cruz (3:49) - Quite a slow and sad song. Not one I like really and seems out of line with the ones round it. 14 Soar (4:45) - Another feisty powered song - also great for running to! 15 Get Mine, Get Yours (3:44) - This is a really varied pitch and the highs and lows along with the beat make the song buzz!!! 16 Dirrty (4:58) - This was the hugest hit from the album and has quite a notorious reputation. This is a loud and rebellious track. It's good, but powerful! 17 Stripped [Pt. 2] (0:46) - Another short - a bit of a chant. 18 The Voice Within (5:04) - Yet again the lyrics are quite empowering and introspective!! I found this one quite haunting!!! 19 I'm OK (5:19) - Low and slow. I like the guitar. 20 Keep on Singin' My Song (6:29) - Not a track I found stood out and not really a punchy finish. This is a great album to make someone feel a bit more positive! It has a huge mixture of tunes although I do find the shorts quite annoying and disruptive.
There are 20 tracks on this album, but this is actually a bit misleading as some of them are short instrumental-heavy "interludes" that are presumably included to break up the album but I find totally pointless to be honest. I'll gloss over those in this review as I don't count them as proper tracks as such. ***Can't Hold Us Down (Feat. Lil Kim)*** There is a lot of attitude in the lyrics of this track as it openly questions why double standards still exist and is a very feminist track. I would class it as a mid-tempo in general but there are moments when the vocal delivery is so rushed that I can't fully understand the lyrics. I'm not keen on this track and Lil Kim's rap does nothing to enhance it. ***Walk Away*** The track opens with piano style backing and has a spoken section that sets the tone for the remainder of the track. It is a slow, ballad-type track on which Christina demonstrates her vocal range with some nice high touches, but there is a lot of oversinging going on and this starts to spoil the vulnerability that the lyrics and vocals have created up until this point. ***Fighter*** This is the first of the collaberations with Linda Perry (who was in 4 Non Blondes and has worked with Pink). The track opens with violins and has a spoken section from Christina. I don't normally like this type of introduction in a song but in this case it sets the scene for the rest of the track. It is an up-tempo track with bags of attitude, although it sometimes sounds shouty and Christina has the tendency to oversing at times. ***Infatuation*** This track has a Latin feel, especially with the introductory acoustic guitar style backing and the Spanish lyrics that are slipped into the chorus. ***Loving Me 4 Me*** This is a really soft track, but one that I find quite dull and boring. It is definitely the weakest track so far on the tracklisting and one of the weakest tracks on the album in general. ***Impossible*** This track features Alicia Keys, which is a nice addition but I'm not really very keen on this track. ***Underappreciated*** This is a mid-tempo track that puts me in mind of Anastacia a bit at times. The backing track is very generic sounding, which lets an otherwise good track down somewhat. ***Beautiful*** This is one of the most well-known tracks on the album and one of the most successful. It is a slowish track on which Christina's vocal shine without the vocal gymnastics that she usually delves into on this type of track. ***Make Over*** This was one of Linda Perry's contributions to the album. She has worked with the likes of Pink in the past and that type of pop-rock sound can be heard here. ***Cruz*** This is another of Linda Perry's offerings but it is a world away from the previous track. In terms of style, it falls closest to Beautiful but it isn't quite as good. Christina demonstrates her strong vocals without too much oversinging. ***Soar*** This seems to be a gospel-orientated track. It is well sung and I can really criticise the vocals, but this type of track isn't my cup of tea so I'm not that keen on it. ***Get Mine, Get Yours*** This takes the album back into more up-tempo territory but there are better up-tempo tracks on offer. This one seems quite weak to me and definitely wasn't single material. ***Dirrty*** This is another of the famous tracks from the album. It is quite up-tempo and features some slightly suggestive lyrics. The rap works well here, whereas the collaberation with Lil Kim earlier in the album fell flat on its face for me. ***The Voice Within*** This is the type of big ballad that we have come to associate with Christina. ***I'm Ok*** This track seems to really come from the heart and is probably the song that reveals the most about Christina as a person. It is the last of the collaberations with Linda Perry, but it is by far the most moving of them. ***Keep On Singing My Song*** This is another gospel-style track and not a particularly strong track in general, so it doesn't feel like the right fit for an album closing track. ***Overall Thoughts*** Whereas her first album was very much aimed at the teen market, this is a much more mature offering that helped her to break away from the Disney tag. There are a range of different styles on the album including pop, pop-rock and even gospel. Granted, there are some weaker tracks but there aren't any truly terrible offerings.
Christina Aguilera is like marmite, you either love her or hate her and I for one love her. Her Stripped CD was released in 2002 and was her way of telling the world that she was all grown up and not just another pop princess. This album was known for being such a change from her 'Disney Club' look, and showed a more grown up raunchy woman behind the perfect blond hair and cute songs from before. Stripped shows a lot of sides of Christina Aguilera with songs about her abusive father, her new found sexual side, men and many more different and inspiring songs, yeah she took alot of her clothes up and changed her image, but isnt that what we love about showbiz, its all an act at the end of the day, and sex sells, even though in the begining she took a real slagging from the public, she proved herself as a worthy artist and thats what makes this CD even better. You can buy this album in cd shops for around £10-£15, and believe me, its money well spent if you like the sound of this review. The track listing for this CD are: 1. Stripped (intro) This is just a bit of an introduction to the album, saying that she is going to tell her side of the story, and basically setting the new tone to her new look and attitude. 2. Cant Hold Us Down, Feat Lil Kim This is a great song for the ladies, saying that its about time ladies had a say in things and that the steriotypes came down. The basic message in this song is that girls shouldnt be called whores for some thing that a boy would get high fived for. 3. Walk Away This is a song about being with some one who is bad for/to you, though you just cant help being with them and cant let go, and then eventually making the decision that you need to walk away from them in the end. 4. Fighter This is a song basically about thanking the person who has done wrong to you, as in the end they have made you stronger and more of a fighter so now you can move on and forget about them and get on with your life. I think that this is a really strong and powerful song, and was one of the more famous tracks from this album. 5. Primer Amore (interlude) This is a spanish spoke verse, I dont speak spanish so I dont know what it means, but it seems to speak about love of some sort. 6. Infactuation This song is about complete infactuation with a latin lover, even though everyone tells her to beware of the lover and she is trying her hardest to resist, though she eventually gives in. This song has a great spanish tone to it and is a fun love song. 7. Love Embrace (interlude) This is a lovely verse about being afraid of loves embrace, though still not being able to resit 8. Loving Me 4 Me This is a lovely slow love song about a man loving you for you, without the make up, show, money and any other fake things. Its a really beautiful love song I think and is a really happy song that cheers me up. 9. Impossible, Feat Alisha Keys This is a song about it being impossible to love some one as they will not let them into their life properly or let them know what they feel or think. Its a great song about a struggling relationship. 10. Underappreciated This is a song about being underappreciated, when a relationship has been together for a long time and a partener loses interest or just doesnt put in the effort that they should. So this song basically is giving off about how some one who used to put so much effort in, is now more interested in the tv. Its a great song that reminds you that you deserve to be treated special every now and again no matter how long you have been with your partener. 11. Beautiful This is another inspiring song, about beauty being in everyone regardless of shape, colour or any other hang ups. Its another famous song from this album and is really slow and a lovely song 12. Make Over This is a song about breaking away from some one who is not that great to be with, its a great fun faster song which is full of confidence and attitude. 13. Cruz This song is also about getting away and is a more peaceful and content song about getting away on a road trip, though being a bit sad about it as you still miss what you have left behind. 14. Soar This is a song about embracing yourself and going and finding your path in life its a great fun happy song thats really inspirational, letting you know that any thing is possible. 15. Get Mine, Get Yours This is a song about no strings attached love, just a casual relationship, this is a very sexy song that is great fun. 16. Dirrty One of the more famous songs off this album, a song that is still 5 years later played at clubs and still attracts a full dancefloor, this is a fun, sexy song about having fun when you are out and generally letting your hair down and feeling sexy when your out. 17. Stripped, Part 2 This is a follow up to the Stripped introduction, basically saying to the world this is Christina Aguilera and shes proud of herself and who she is regardless of what others think. 18. The Voice Within This is a song about finding that confidence in yourself to do what you want to do in life, and not being worried about anyone or anything around you holding you back. 19. Im OK This is a really emotional song about Christina Aguilera's childhood as her father was abusive to her mum, this song addresses this and also gives the message that its over and she can now deal with it. I think that this is a great song for anyone who has ever went through similar experiances to listen to as it is really empowering. 20. Keep Singin My Song This is a fun song about how no matter what, who ever likes or dislikes the album, Christina is going to keep doing her thing and singing her song. That no one should be able to take anyone elses confidence. It is a another really happy fun song with a great message behind it. Stripped is a great album by Christina Aguilera, the vocals are as impressive as ever, and the messages are real and are great messages for everyone especially women to listen to. This is a great album and worth a listen as all tracks are of great quality vocally and more.
I felt compelled to review this, as a staunch loather of most of her music. I always say, why sing one note, when you can sing twelve. Yes I know she can sing and she can hold a crowd, but she overdoes it. Who is she: US singer, former star of The Disney Club, amazing vocal range. Dresses in a questionable fashion. On this album: Go straight for the funky 'Can't Hold Us Down' which sees Christina ditching her old pop roots to explore an even more urban sound. It has a good rhythm to it and makes me think of 'Jenny From The Block' by Jennifer Lopez, there is that hint of gangsta about it! What follow is an onslaught of poppy urban affairs with her vocals working their magic. Highlights: Dip into the bold and brazen 'Fighter' as she charges her way through a slower number and states her independence. This the kind of track women play when they need to feel empowered and she pulls it off with aplomb. For something slower still, head to 'Beautiful' which is an anthem for anyone who has ever been told they are not good enough. Her vocals soar on this, but I do feel she over does the end part and could have reigned in her vocals and shown some restraint. The obvious highlight on the album is the grimey 'Dirrty.' A song to play while you shimmy up a pole in a nightclub, grinding to the sleazy beat. This has a superb rhythm to it and is possibly the strongest track on the album. Avoid: There are many interludes on here which serve little purpose other than to inflate her already oversized ego. Overall: Polished and feisty urban pop music. Twenty tracks is impressive, but then some are interludes, so basically a normal length album.
I bought this album years ago after my friend had it playing in her car and I instantly loved it, it was different, unique and fun! i must say, it was at the time that 'Dirty' was released and was a great song, now its overplayed and it drives me mad now. Its the only song I tend to skip on the album The album begins with a short song, this is quite popular with american artists as usher and alicia keys have also done a similar thing. I do like this song but its soooo soo short!! (about 20 seconds) Of the other songs on the album there is the 'cant hold us down' which was released featuring lil kim. I love this song. The track listings are as follows: 1. Stripped Pt.1 2. Can't Hold Us Down (released ) 3. Walk Away 4. Fighter (released) 5. Infatuation (interlude) 6. Infatuation 7. Loving Me For Me (interlude) 8. Loving Me For Me 9. Impossible 10. Underappreciated 11. Beautiful (released) 12. Make Over 13. Cruz 14. Soar 15. Get Mine, Get Yours 16. Dirrty (released) 17. Stripped Pt.2 18. A Voice Within (released) 19. I'm OK 20. Singing My Song Overall I really love this album as it is funky and unique. Christina has changed her image over the years and you will prbs not see this type of Christina around again. Enjoy the album whilst you can!! Enjoy xx
*Introduction* Christina Aguilera has molded herself from a pop princess to a soul diva in a few short years. Stripped, released in October 2002 was the album that launched her to superstardom. The album also brought her critical acclaim that she hadnt seen on her previous albums. She worked with a wide range of producers on the album from Scott Scorch to Linda Perry with both also having written some of the songs with Aguilera. Here is my review of Christina Aguilera's stripped. *Stripped* 1.) Stripped (Intro) This is an interesting intro that features news clips of various stars talking about Christina, it then develops into an introduction from Christina. 2.) Can't hold us down ft Lil Kim This is a funky hip hop track with a firm beat, This track is about women standing up together against the misconceptions between men and women. This track has a very catchy feel and has a great flow to it and a great message for women. 3.) Walk Away This is the first ballad from the album and opens with a gentle piano and then a drum beat. This is one of her best ballads. A lovely track about having to walk away from a relationship for the better. Her voice sounds brilliant. 4.) Fighter This is the Hardest rock track on the album and features former Janes Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro. This is a fantastic track which is two fingers up to the doubters. A great track with a great message. 5.) Primer Amor (interlude) This interlude draws on her Puerto Rican background with a spanish intro to the next track. A nice little interlude that works well as an introduction to the next track. 6.) Infatuation This track doesnt quite live up to the rest of the album, it's a very good flowing track but it doesnt quite have the spark of the best. It suffers a little for it's mid tempo feel where a step either way would suit it better. 7.) Loves Embrace (Interlude) Another interlude here which leads into a great ballad. This is a nice soft interlude that has soft guitar, drums, keyboards and strings. 8.) Loving me 4 me This is a great track about someone loving you for the person you are and not wanting to change you. This has a beautiful backing from the music. The strings work superbly well with this track and give a great intimacy to the song. 9.) Impossible ft Alicia Keys This is a fantastic duet with Alicia Keys, it opens with Alicia just playing a tune and telling Christina to speak on her problems. The gentle piano melody is accompanied with a firm bassline from the drums and bass guitar. This is a fabulous duet about a relationship being impossibly hard. An awesome ballad which sees both in fine form. 10.) Underappreciated This has a nice intro with a funky bluesy guitar and then a soul background comes in with a firm beat. The track is about feeling underappreciated in a relationship and feeling that you are being taken for granted by your partner. Something that I'm sure you will have experienced sometime in your relationships. 11.) Beautiful This was a massive single when it was released and was rated as one of the greatest singles of all time. A track about having self confidence no matter what anyone else says. This track has such a great message and is done so well. 12.) Make Over There was some controversy with this track about it sounding similar to Sugababes hit single Overload, even though it does have a slight feel of that song it is far better in my opinion. A great uptempo track that has a great rythmn. One of her best uptempo tracks on the album. 13.) Cruz This is a track that starts with a gentle piano and then develops with the drum beat. This track is about escaping from the bad stuff in your life and wanting to get away from everything. Something that everyone can relate to. A Great track. 14.) Soar This has a nice piano intro and then develops into a great uptempo soul ballad. Christina sounds brilliant on this track and the message of the song is about doing your own thing and having the belief in yourself to soar. The backing music is fantastic with some dramatic strings. 15.) Get mine, get yours This is a sensual track about what happens in the bedroom or wherever you choose to make love. A very nice track which has a new slant on the "loving" song. This has a great catchy feel to it and is done superbly well with Christina sounding superb. 16.) Dirty ft Redman This is an amazingly energetic track with a thumping beat. This was also a huge hit single and has since become a club classic. This is a huge track in my local clubs and I'm sure just about every club it is played at will be jumping. A great sexy track. 17.) Stripped pt2 This follows on from the introduction and is another short interlude to the final three songs on the album. A worthy interlude which earns it's value aswell as the first track. 18.) The voice within This is a fabulous track which is beautiful. A great ballad about having confidence in yourself when things are really getting on top of you. Something that is so inspiring to many listeners. One of her greatest songs. 19.) I'm Ok This is a heartbreaking track about Christina remembering her childhood when she would hear her father hitting her mother. This is a phenomenal track which was a huge track with several groups praising the beauty of the track. Christina at her best. 20.) Keep on singing my song This is the final track of an epic album and is a superb ending. This track is another track about having confidence in yourself. A great uplifting ballad which has a superb gospel choir ending that is so so good. *Overall* This is a fabulous album with so many awesome tracks whether they are gorgeous uplifting ballads or tender heartbreakers or even club stompers, there's everything for a wide range of listeners. This is the album that made Christina Aguilera and she hasnt dissapointed since. One of the brightest starts in the music industry today.
*INTRODUCTION* I do like Christina. Obviously, not as much as I adore her former Mickey mouse Club co-star and general arch nemesis Britney Spears, but Christina stands out in the world of pop as the voice and talent of her generation. Back in 1999, in the midst of the bubblegum pop explosion fronted by NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, and of course, Britney Spears, Christina was the latest in a long line of young blonde girls who could sing and dance, made centre stage by record companies eager to cash in on a successful formula. Christina, while very successful at this time, never seemed quite at ease with her image and style of music. Her powerful vocals didn't seem to fit with the throwaway pop music written for her. Christina is a singer first and foremost. Other like Britney have overshadowed her with showmanship and entertainment, but Christina's strength lies in her being able to belt out a tune like noone else can. With the release of her second album looming, the first taster that we got of what was to come was her Lady Marmalade video with Pink, Mya and Lil Kim. All dolled up like a high class hooker from the Moulin Rouge, Christina may have claimed to be purely playing a character, but the more urban sound and more sexual image seemed to suit her a whole lot more. That, of course, was nothing compared to 'Dirrty' the first single from the album. Everything about the song and video was indeed dirty, from a guest rap from Redman to a video where a barely clothed Xtina boxes, spits and rolls around in dirty showers. Quite a far cry from Genie in a Bottle and bubblegum pop. People were understandably shocked and the song was boycotted across America by conservative Americans who were appalled. The song, while not a hit in the US, was a smash everywhere else. But then, the problem was that people weren't quite sure what to expect from this, her sophomore CD. Was it just going to be more trashy hip hop influenced sex anthems? The thought turned people off, until the release of second single 'Beautiful', which showed people that here she shows, in places, her genuine musical talent through singing and songwriting, and her ability to experiment with different styles, moving lyrics and REAL messages. The thing is, we know that she is talented, we know she can sing, but can she produce good tunes that we can sing and that will entertain us as well as impress us? This is also notable for being so much longer than her debut. While that was 12 songs long, this comes in at 20 tracks long, quite an epic in pop standards. So, with a CD so very long, with a dizzying amount of styles, reckless abandon for decency and an overall attempt to mature and develop, does this pull it off? *TRACK LISTING* 1. Stripped intro 2. Can't hold us down 3. Walk away 4. Fighter 5. Primer amore interlude 6. Infatuation 7. Lovers embrace interlude 8. Loving me for me 9. Impossible 10. Underappreciated 11. Beautiful 12. Make over 13. Cruz 14. Soar 15. Get mine get yours 16. Dirrty 17. Stripped part 2 18. The voice within 19. I'm OK 20. Keep on singin my song *TRACK BY TRACK BREAKDOWN* 1. Stripped intro I HATE INTROS!!! AARGGH!! Get it off! It's a particularly annoying one at that, with Christina singing 'sorry I break the mould' and other ego driven statements. Sorry Christina, but as yet you have not broken the mould, you have stuck to it pretty faithfully, so I don't know what you're talking about. 2. Can't hold us down The fourth single from the album, and a fairly good girl power anthem. However, it is fairly average rnb, with a guest rap from Lil Kim adding absolutely nothing to it. The lyrics at least, are pretty good, addressing the subject of female inequality, an important subject. The chorus is catchy and easy to sing to at least, but this isn't anything spectacular. 3. Walk Away Christina is of course an amazing singer, and it shows on this song, which is deeply emotional and soulful. It is slow without being a typical ballad, and definately sung from the heart which is a bonus. You can tell it means something to Christina and I respect that, but the problem is, IT'S BORING!! It's soooo long for a start, there is no real chorus, and the whole thing is just a bit dreary. 4. Fighter Much better. Christina gets a bit rawk with the help of Dave Navarro on guitars for this, yet another girl power anthem (this album is chock full of them!) with powerful screamy vocals and a chorus that millions of girls are going to be able to relate to. This was the third single from the album and it's a great choice. I love it. 5. Primer amor interlude Well, interludes are no better than intros in my opinion, but at least this one serves some purpose. It signals a turnaround in the album, easy to tell because this is a spoken interlude in spanish. My spanish is weak, but I think she's saying something about going to tell a story about her first love, a dancer. Or something like that, I don't really know. 6. Infatuation A latino sounding track (of course) to follow the spanish interlude. It's good enough but not as good as any of the stuff on her spanish language album. Come on Xtina! We know you can do latin music! Try harder! The whole thing is just a little bit disposable. 7. Lovers embrace Sigh, interlude. All it does it slow the album down, jar it, and bore me to tears. This sounds very pretty, nice birds singing, high notes singing, la la la, and now its over, thank God. 8. Loving me for me This reminds me quite a lot of Walk Away. Lyrically, it is very different, as this is a blissful happy song about true love and acceptance, which is very nice and makes me happy for Christina, but again, this is SO BLOODY BORING!!! It goes on for what seems like forever and goes absolutely nowhere. 9. Impossible This was co written with Alicia Keys and has a twinkly little piano bit at the beginning to prove it. This is fairly good, a nice soulful tune that allows Christina to show off her voice, but there is no real chorus which is what is lacking and would have made this song very, very good indeed. 10. Underappreciated By this point, I'm starting to get sick of all the man hating girl power. This is a tale of a no good man who needs to be kicked to the curb, yes, another one. I can so far only count one song on here that doesn't man hate in some way. It's not even very good either. It has no real musical style except it really wants to be a sing along anthem. Utterly forgettable. 11. Beautiful Absolutely sublime. The real reason for buying this CD is this song. It is heartfelt, moving and carries a message that everyone in the world should take to heart and believe in. It also manages to hold it together as just a great song in general, with a beautiful piano introduction to it's great chorus, and Christina's restrained, scratchy vocals sound real and barely produced. An absolute classic and Christina's best song ever. 12. Make over Continuing on a streak here, I love this one. I think Christina and Linda Perry write really good songs together and this is a quite rocky song. The reason I love it so much is the amazing chorus, which Christina literally screams at the top of her lungs. It sounds weird, and it is, but it's so powerful and cool to listen to. 13. Cruz The problem with this album is that it is so long you can't help but wonder why they even put certain songs on when they could have left them off for a shorter and sweeter album, and noone would have even noticed the difference. Such is the case with Cruz. Don't get me wrong, it's ok. The chorus is very nice and the whole thing is very uplifting, almost like driving music, but it's very forgettable. 14. Soar I like this song as a whole, but again, the subject matter is starting to wear thin. There are many themes on this album that could have been dealt with in one or two songs with instead are dragged on and repeated across the whole CD. This is another one about believing in yourself, being strong and powerful, blah blah blah. You can tell Xtina really believes it which I respect, but she already has 'Beautiful' on here, there is nothing else to say that cannot be summed up in that one song. 15. Get mine get yours As standard rnb this works quite well. It's a little (dare I say it) Britney Spears ish. There are some super sexy lyrics, a quite hypnotic chorus and generally I like it. It's not much different to many other songs in the same genre though, and it's an abrupt change of style from the songs that went before it. 16. Dirrty Well, everyone knows this song. There are good points and bad points to it. The good is that is really helped Christina to reinvent herself and show a different side to her personality, it's very original and daring, and her vocals sound amazing. It's a great party song that always gets a great response in clubs. The downside it that sometimes this is a bit of a mess. It's very all over the place and the harsh hip hop sound dramatically changes the mood of the whole album. That, and some people may find it all a little tarty, but that's up to you to decide. 17. Stripped part 2 As if the intro wasn't bad enough, here is part 2 of the exact same track, saying basically the same thing again. NEXT! 18. The voice within Now this is very nice. Although it's yet another 'be strong' anthem, this at least comes in the form of an old school Christina ballad that lets her let loose with her vocal chords and show everyone how it's done. This was the fifth single from the album too. 19. I'm OK This is very disturbing, and I'm not sure what to make of it. Respect to Christina for being able to write and sing such a personal and evidently painful song. It's a stripped down acoustic ballad telling the story of how she and her mother suffered abuse at the hands of her father. Christina's vocals are strained and tearful, and the overall song is painfully emotional and haunting. 20. Keep on singin my song Well, we have reached the end of what seemed like an endless journey. Just to keep us in torment that little bit longer, this song is about six minutes long, and dull, repetative, and tedious. GO AWAY CHRISTINA YOU'RE REALLY STARTING TO ANNOY ME!! *LYRICS* Whilst I really respect Christina for having the guts to sing about topics personal to her, and whilst I feel the messages she is trying to put out there are meaningful and definately something girls could look up to, the whole album just repeats itself again and again. Considering there are 20 songs on here, every single song carries one of a few messages - 1. I am woman, hear me roar, noone can tell us what to do! 2. You are a man and therefore you are no good. 3. But you'll do for when i want to dance and get dirrrrrty. *VOCALS* Christina has reigned her vocals in dramatically from her first album. The influence of Linda Perry has led to her adopting a rockier tone. Also, the songs are a lot more personal and so a lot more emotion comes out in her voice than before. She seems less worried about perfect pitch and more concerned with being real, honest and vunerable, and just singing her lungs out. She sounds amazing. *MUSICAL STYLES* There is a pretty vast array of musical styles here. Rock, soul, hip hop, rnb, pop, they're all here. It shows her talent as a musician and a songwriter that she can turn her hand to so many different styles, but the result is that the album doesn't always fit together as a whole. Songs like Dirrty sound very out of place. *LENGTH* This album suffers greatly from just being too long. By the end, you simply stop caring as you are bored of listening! There are several tracks that should have been left off here to make it more compact and easier to listen to. And get rid of those interludes!!! *COVER DESIGN* It's certainly an eye catching cover, with Christina's hair the only thing covering her breasts and all of her fake tan, piercings and scratty extensions on full show in black and white. The album title is supposed to refer to her emotions being stripped away and laid bare but when it comes to record sales being literally 'stripped' never seems to hurt either. Overall, I would say that it is obvious tha Christina is a huge talent, with huge potential, and the ambition to go very far. It's great that she managed to break away and produce something with musical vision and creativity. However, unfortunately I have to say that the songs just aren't all that good. By attempting to straddle so many genres she end up being not very good at any of them, and by stretching it out for so long the quality gets stretched out too. The singles are highlights, but nothing else her makes you sit up and say 'WOW!!' Thank you very much for reading!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Stripped Pt.1
2 Can't Hold Us Down
3 Walk Away
5 Infatuation (interlude)
7 Loving Me For Me (interlude)
8 Loving Me For Me
12 Make Over
15 Get Mine, Get Yours
17 Stripped Pt.2
18 A Voice Within
19 Im OK
20 Singing My Song