Back to Basics
After the backlash Christina Aguilera experienced over her single “Dirrrty,” she’s been sure not to expose herself as dramatically again. The subsequent years have brought a marriage and a new outlook on life—the cocoon of Xtina gave way to a poised, confident woman ready to return to the spotlight. Aguilera can sing, but her pop-princess antics tended to shift attention away from her vocal prowess. Back to Basics is a throwback to the music—blues, jazz, soul—that influenced and inspired her during her formative years. The only chanteuse to emerge successfully from the Mickey Mouse Club, Aguilera has finally begun a career as a genuine singer.