Back To Basics CD (2006)

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on 9/27/2006

I love this CD, in the past I have not been a big fan of Christina's but she did a great job. Read More

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by Patrick on 9/28/2006

I've been a Christina fan since 1999. I liked all her albums and how she tries new things. This album she brings back tunes and beats from the 1930s to the 1950s. It's a jazzy mix along with Christina's usual, powerful voice. If you like jazz, oldies, Christina, or great music in general, you should get this album. Read More

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One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Christina Aguilera has sold well over 25 million albums worldwide and cultivated a fan base that crosses generational, racial and gender lines. Now, segueing from the audacious sexuality of her second studio album, Stripped, the chameleon-like performer pays tribute to the music that has inspired her with the August 15th release of Back To Basics (RCA Records).

A modern take on vintage jazz, soul and blues from the 1920s, '30s, '40s and beyond, her third studio album is wildly inventive, whose throwback style creates a sound that's gritty and raw. The album reunites her with producer Linda Perry and offers new collaborations with producers such as DJ Premier. The upbeat first single, "Ain't No Other Man," will be world-premiered on the MTV Movie Awards on June 8 prior to its debut on June 12.

"This is a concept album that follows a bold vision," explains Aguilera. "The touchstones are Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald - what I used to call my 'fun music' when I was a little girl."

The double album, Back To Basics utilizes an orchestra, choir, string quartet and jazz horns, as well as techniques that, according to GQ, "blends a vintage-soul sound with state-of-the-art beatsmanship to form a throwback/hip-hop showcase for her outsize voice." "I Got Trouble" incorporates a scratchy blues feel, while "Candy Man" recalls the tight harmonies of all-girl groups from the '30s and '40s "Save Me From Myself" is an emotionally naked, raw-sounding song dedicated to her husband. "Thank You," dedicated to her fans, features DJ Premier splicing bits of "Genie In A Bottle" with fan voicemail messages. Also sure to appeal to Aguilera fans is the risque song "Nasty Naughty Boy" (which has a '20s burlesque feel) and the sassy club track "Still Dirrty."

Specifications

Label Rca Records
SKU 202818700
UPC 828768263921
UPC 14 00828768263921
Format CD
Release Date 8/15/2006
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Author Christina Aguilera
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Compilation Appearance Shine A Light (Original Soundtrack)(Deluxe Edition)(Bonus Tracks)
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Compilation Appearance Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance 17
Compilation Appearance Burlesque Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Compilation Appearance No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hands All Over
Compilation Appearance Now 40 (Deluxe Edition)
Compilation Appearance 2012 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance Casa De Mi Padre (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Hands All Over(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Ricky Martin
Compilation Appearance Roads
Compilation Appearance Viva Duets
Compilation Appearance Global Warming
Compilation Appearance Global Warming(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Now 46
Compilation Appearance Confidencias
Compilation Appearance Hunger Games:catching Fire (ost)
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Compilation Appearance Global Warming:meltdown
Compilation Appearance GLOBAL WARMING:MELTDOWN(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Is There Anybody Out There
Compilation Appearance Classics
Compilation Appearance Classics
Compilation Appearance Now 49
Associated Artist/Work Genie Girls (The)
Artist Influence Aaliyah
Artist Influence Billie Holiday
Artist Influence Celine Dion
Artist Influence Deborah Gibson
Artist Influence Gloria Estefan
Artist Influence Janet Jackson
Artist Influence Madonna
Artist Influence Mariah Carey
Artist Influence Michael Jackson
Artist Influence Minnie Riperton
Artist Influence Paula Abdul
Artist Influence Samantha Fox
Artist Influence Selena
Artist Influence Spice Girls
Artist Influence Toni Braxton
Artist Influence Whitney Houston
Artist Contemporary *NSYNC
Artist Contemporary Amy Winehouse
Artist Contemporary Backstreet Boys
Artist Contemporary Beyonc?
Artist Contemporary Britney Spears
Artist Contemporary Debi Nova
Artist Contemporary Fantasia
Artist Contemporary Fergie (Black Eyed Peas)
Artist Contemporary Girls Aloud
Artist Contemporary Icona Pop
Artist Contemporary Jennifer Lopez
Artist Contemporary Kat DeLuna
Artist Contemporary Kelly Clarkson
Artist Contemporary Leona Lewis
Artist Contemporary Mandy Moore
Artist Contemporary Melanie Amaro
Artist Contemporary Missy Elliott
Artist Contemporary Nicole Scherzinger
Artist Contemporary P!nk
Artist Contemporary Paris Hilton
Artist Contemporary Ricky Martin
Artist Contemporary Rihanna
Artist Contemporary Shakira
Artist Contemporary The Pussycat Dolls
Artist Contemporary Vitamin C
Artist Contemporary Whitney Houston
Artist Follower Glee
Artist Follower Jordin Sparks
Artist Follower Karina
Artist Follower Keyshia Cole
Artist Follower Kristinia DeBarge
Artist Follower Lady Gaga
Artist Follower Lauriana Mae
Artist Follower Meghan Trainor
Artist Follower Rozzi Crane
Artist Follower Yemi Marie
Technical Info
Producer Christina Aguilera; DJ Premier; Ben Allen; Big Tank; The Blitzburg Group; L Boogie; Andrew Chavez; Coodie & Chike
CatalogID 26392
Lable Name RCA
Released 08/15/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828768263921
Musical Guests
Steve Winwood
Album Notes and Credits
This CD includes "Back To Basics" bonus video.
Christina Aguilera seemed intent on constantly reinventing herself over the course of her first several albums, and it's hard not to be impressed by her leaps from teen-pop sensation (1999 self-titled debut) to raunchy, sexually precocious R&B singer (2002's STRIPPED) to blues and jazz-steeped diva on 2006's BACK TO BASICS. With its smoky torch songs, occasional big-band arrangements, and allusions to seminal divas like Billie Holiday and Etta James, the ambitious double disc casts Aguilera in the soft, romantic light of vintage soul crooners.
Yet BACK TO BASICS is undeniably modern. In fact, the first disc, assisted by the hand of the always-stellar trackmaster DJ Premiere, thumps alongside any club bangers of the early 2000s. Aguilera's dirty-girl persona is still present here, but she's dressed up and fitted into better songs and productions. The nostalgia-hued vibe of the second disc--with the singer playing the breathy chanteuse--provides a perfect complement to the first, so that the album as a whole reveals an artist of increasing range, skill, and creative maturity.
Artist Overview
Britney Spears proved that the same goldmine that Madonna and Cyndi Lauper mined in the 1980s was again ripe for the picking, and she was immediately followed up the charts by another female teenybop sensation, Christina Aguilera. Closely aligned with Spears's style early on, Aguilera hit the charts in a major way in the late '90s. However, by the dawn of the new millennium, Aguilera had transformed herself from a bubblegum sensation to a raw and raunchy vamp (STRIPPED), and then to a mature, platinum blonde pseudo-traditionalist (BACK TO BASICS), positioning herself as a risk-taker with little connection to her Mousketeer past.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.96) - "The spirit of old-school jazz, blues and soul inhabits the set....Aguilera succeeds in balancing references to jazzbos and soul singers...with over-the-top kitsch."
Entertainment Weekly (p.136) - "[The] rugged dance tracks, mixing electronic beats with honking brass and other '70s soul samples, are perfectly suited to Aguilera's powerhouse belting." -- Grade: B
Q (p.120) - Ranked #48 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[P]roducers DJ Premier and Mark Ronson helped Aguilera realise the mix of saucy soul and roaring gospel she envisaged."
Uncut (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he second disc is the more interesting....It's psychedelically strange and outrageously entertaining."
Artist Bio
Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera?s backstory is well-known. A native of Staten Island, the pre-teen began performing in local talent shows while growing up in Pennsylvania. In 1992, after appearing on ?Star Search,?She joined the cast of the Disney Channel?s ?The New Mickey Mouse Club.? In 1998 Aguilera?s song ?Reflection? for Disney?s Mulan led to a record deal with RCA and the release of her self-titled debut album in Summer, 1999. The album quickly hit #1 on the strength of its first dance/pop single, ?Genie In A Bottle? (which dominated the charts for five weeks) and other chart toppers including ?What A Girl Wants.? It was a feat she would repeat the following year with Mi Reflejo, the smash Spanish-language version of her debut, followed by her hit holiday release, My Kind Of Christmas.In 2001, Aguilera joined forces with Pink, Mya and Lil? Kim on the smash ?Lady Marmalade? single and video. That eye-popping slice of ear candy kept her front and center in the international spotlight even as she began, slowly and steadily, to lay the groundwork for her second album, Stripped. Released in October 2002, it sealed her status as an international superstar while transforming her previous squeaky-clean image into a fully sexualized woman with lots on her mind. Along with the superheated funk of the album?s provocative debut single, ?Dirrty,? came such standout tracks as ?Beautiful,? ?Can?t Hold Us Down? and ?Make Over."Earning her first of three Grammy Awards in 2000 for Best New Artist, her subsequent trophies came in 2001 for ?Lady Marmalade? (Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals) and in 2003 for ?Beautiful? (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance). Among countless other honors, she is also the recipient of a 2001 Latin Grammy Award for Mi Reflejo (Best Female Pop Vocal Album), a 2000 Billboard Music Award for Female Artist of the Year, and two 2004 Rolling Stone Music Awards (Best Female Performer, Readers? Pick; and Best Tour, Readers? Pick, ?Justified and Stripped?). Voted Sexiest Teen Idol in a VH1 poll, Aguilera?s beauty and charisma have also led Teen People to list her among its ?25 Hottest Stars Under 25? and Maxim to crown her Best International Female Singer (2000), one of the Sexiest Women of the Year (2003) and #1 on their ?Hot 100? List (2003).Today, while devoting the lion?s share of her time to recording and touring, the 25-year-old is active in a range of philanthropy. A major contributor to the fight against AIDS, Aguilera has participated in the ?What?s Going On?? cover project for AIDS Project Los Angeles? Artists Against AIDS. In 2004 she became the new face for MAC cosmetic company and spokesperson for the MAC AIDS Fund. More recently she became involved in awareness campaigns with YouthAIDS and ALDO. She also sponsors and is actively involved in the Women?s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh for battered women and children.
Disc 1
1 Intro (Back To Basics),Enter The Circus
2 Makes Me Wanna Pray,Welcome
3 Back In The Day,Candyman
4 Ain't No Other Man,Nasty Naughty Boy
5 Understand,I Got Trouble
6 Slow Down Baby,Hurt
7 Oh Mother,Mercy On Me
8 F.U.S.S.,Save Me From Myself
9 On Our Way,Right Man, The
10 Without You
11 Still Dirrty
12 Here To Stay
13 Thank You (Dedication To Fans)
Disc 2
1 Intro (Back To Basics),Enter The Circus
2 Makes Me Wanna Pray,Welcome
3 Back In The Day,Candyman
4 Ain't No Other Man,Nasty Naughty Boy
5 Understand,I Got Trouble
6 Slow Down Baby,Hurt
7 Oh Mother,Mercy On Me
8 F.U.S.S.,Save Me From Myself
9 On Our Way,Right Man, The
10 Without You
11 Still Dirrty
12 Here To Stay
13 Thank You (Dedication To Fans)
Reviews
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review Aguilera doesn't have the gravitas of her heroes, and her forays into bluesy torch singing and '40s-style swing are stiff and mannered. But she needn't genuflect before the past - she can make her own glorious kind of 21st-century noise. CD 1 is helmed by DJ Premier (of '90s rap duo Gang Starr) and a host of other hip-hop producers, and their rugged dance tracks, mixing electronic beats with honking brass and other '70s soul samples, are perfectly suited to Aguilera's powerhouse belting...The second disc - a collaboration with Linda Perry, the writer-producer behind Aguilera's 2002 schlock-pop masterpiece ''Beautiful'' - ratchets up the bombast.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Jody Rosen
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Now Magazine
Review If you take Aguilera's idea of the 2-CD set at face value, Back To Basics is the singer's tribute to pre-WWII-era jazz...Primo indulges Xtina's retro fetish with Jazzmatazz-y scratchy samples and raunchy 60s R&B loops, but it's wholly a contemporary soul-pop assault, with one killer track (lead single Ain't No Other Man), some standout floor-fillers, decent ballads and one gross misstep in fan-fellating (Thank You). And ultimately, Aguilera's the only one of her peers with the vocal prowess to pull it off.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Sarah Liss
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Aguilera,Christina
Label Rca Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Quotes
Dot Music No doubt the album of her career.
PopMatters Good taste in collaborators and a voice that has the capability to head heaven-bound...
Stylus Magazine A truly soulful pop album...one of 2006's best...

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