Bionic CD (2010)

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Product Overview


Label RCA Records/sbme
SKU 215626325
UPC 886977148620
UPC 14 00886977148620
Format CD
Release Date 6/8/2010
Author Christina Aguilera
Associated Artist/Work Genie Girls (The)
Technical Info
CatalogID 71486
Lable Name RCA
Released 06/08/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 28s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00886977148620
Musical Guests
Nicki Minaj
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Dreamland Studios; Dubsided, Los Angeles, CA; Kilburn Lane, London; Kung Fu Gardens, North Hollywood, CA; Larrabee Studios, Universal City, CA; Mad Decent Mausoleum, Philadelphia, PA; Mr. Dan's; No Excuses, Los Angeles, CA; Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Bank, Burbank, CA; The Boom Boom Room, Burbank, CA; The Red Lips Room, Beverly Hills, CA.
Photographer: Alix Malka.
Subtlety not being part of Christina Aguilera's vocabulary, she trades the retro-swing of Back to Basics for the future-pop of Bionic, receiving assists from a roster that reads like a who's-who of progressive pop in 2010: M.I.A., Le Tigre, Peaches, and John Hill & Switch, known for their work with Santigold. But like the half-cyborg/half-diva illustration of the album cover, this revamp is only partial. Aguilera hedges her bets by adding a ballad from old friend Linda Perry, gets Tricky Stewart to produce a trio of cuts, drafts Polow da Don and Focus. to produce some heavy and slow R&B, respectively, letting enough air into the machines to reassure hesitant fans that she hasn't abandoned her roots. All this hesitancy means that for as many risks as it takes, Bionic doesn't feel daring. Apart from the stuttering opener of the title track and glassy chill of "Elastic Love," notably the two Hill & Switch productions, this never delivers the future shock it promises, but that's not necessarily a bad thing because the robot-diva hybrids are interesting even when they stumble. The deluxe edition of Bionic does suggest what the album could have been: it's supplemented by four bonus songs that are wildly imaginative, whether it's the clattering, chanting "Bobblehead," the cool synth glide of "Birds of Prey," the perfect new wave pop of "Monday Morning," or Sia's mournful ballad "Stronger Than Ever." In their place on the album proper are odes to fashion and fabulousness and power ballads, songs that play to Aguilera's persona without inhabiting it. The rest of the Bionic -- not just the hipster flirtations and Sia's trio of richly ruminative AAA ballads, but the tracks directly within Aguilera's wheelhouse, like Tricky Stewart's wildly successful, slinky "Desnudate" and the sultry slow burner "Sex for Breakfast" -- finds Christina not playing to expectations but simply acting as a natural diva and is all the more compelling for it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.44) - "[F]rom the fidgety intro of the dub-tastic opening title track to punk-brat driving song 'My Girls' to Aguilera's gloriously restrained delivery on 'All I Need,' the 18-song set shows an artist confident enough to take direct cues from her tuned-in creative team."
Disc 1
1 Bionic
2 Not Myself Tonight [Clean Version]
3 Woohoo - (featuring Nicki Minaj)
4 Elastic Love
5 Desnudate
6 Love & Glamour [Intro]
7 Glam
8 Prima Donna
9 Morning Dessert [Intro]
10 Sex For Breakfast
11 Lift Me Up
12 My Heart [Intro]
13 All I Need
14 I Am
15 You Lost Me
16 I Hate Boys
17 My Girls - (featuring Peaches)
18 Vanity
Product Attributes
Artist Aguilera,Christina
Label Rca Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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