|Artist: Christina Aguilera|
True to its title, Stripped, the audacious new RCA Records release from Christina Aguilera, strips away the last remnants of her previous teen idol persona and what’s left is as real as it gets.
The sixteen new tracks that comprise Stripped, including her sensational debut single, "Dirrty," showcases an unadorned, unfettered and fearlessly outspoken artist who has liberated herself, her soul and her music on an album that is as much a declaration of independence as it is a convincing demonstration of her fierce and original talent. Simply put, this is the real deal.
Stripped has yielded a production and songwriting team that includes, among others, Pink producer Linda Perry; the team of Redman and Rockwilder; Alanis Morrissette producer Glenn Ballard; fast rising studio wizard Scott Storch, as well as artist/producer Alicia Keys.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Christina Aguilera (background vocals); Aaron Fishbein (guitar, electric guitar); Linda Perry (guitar, strings, piano, drum programming); Rob Hoffman (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, programming); Dave Navarro, Glen Ballard, Michael Landau, Arthur White, John Goux (guitar); Ram¢n Stagnaro (acoustic guitar); Lili Haydn (violin, viola); Shanti Randall (viola); Richard Dodd (cello); Dan Higgins, Gary Grant, Darryl Dixon , Jerry Hey, David Watson, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (horns); Alicia Keys (piano, background vocals); Greg Phillinganes (piano); Damon Fox, David Siegel, Randy Kerber (keyboards); Brian Macleod , Paul Alexandre John, Kameron Houff, Brian Frazier Moore, ?uestlove, Matt Chamberlain, Mike Stinson (drums); Steve Morales (drum programming); Alexandra Brown, Charles Hines, Crystal Drummer, Toya Smith, Alfie Silas, Maxi Anderson, Maxine Willard Waters, Eric King (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixers: Dave Pensado; Peter Mokran; Tony Maserati .|
|Recording information: Conway Studios, Hollywood, CA; NRG, North Hollywood, CA; The Enterprise Studio, Burbank, CA; the Record Plant, Hollywood, CA.|
|Photographer: Miranda Penn Turin.|
|Arrangers: Christina Aguilera; Balewa Muhammad; E. Dawk; Glen Ballard; Jasper Cameron ; Steve Morales.|
|Although STRIPPED is supposed to refer to Christina Aguilera's emotional rather than physical state, you couldn't tell based on her topless pose on the album cover, where the only nod to discretion is some strategically placed hair. Like Britney before her, Christina yearned to get away from her wholesome pop image. In the process, she hooked up with a wide range of collaborators including hip-hop producers Rockwilder and Scott Storch along with a myriad of guest musicians including Eve, Linda Perry, and Dave Navarro. Despite all the glitter and glam, there's no getting away from the fact that Aguilera's singing ability puts her head and shoulders above her poppy peers. Her rich, throaty style works well on slower numbers like a soaring Alicia Keys collaboration "Impossible," piano-driven nugget "Soar," and the Mariah-like "The Voice Within."|
|Other highlights include the snappy, Lil' Kim hip-hop workout "Can't Hold Us Down," sweeping self-empowering rant "Make Over," and the ribald, jeep-beat crazy joint "Dirrty" featuring Redman. Most revealing (on an emotional level) is "I'm OK," an acoustic guitar-heavy autobiographical remembrance of childhood abuse. Britney Spears may not be quite a woman or a girl, but the newly minted Christina is definitely closer to the former.|
Producer: Christina Aguilera; Balewa Muhammad; E. Dawk; Glen Ballard; Jasper Cameron; Linda Perry; Rockwilder; Scott Spencer Storch; Steve Morales; Heather Holley; Rob Hoffman
Engineer: David Guerrero; Shane Stoner; Wassim Zreik; Linda Perry; Oscar Ramirez; Scott Campbell; Rob Hoffman
Aaliyah | Billie Holiday | Celine Dion | Deborah Gibson | Gloria Estefan | Janet Jackson | Madonna | Mariah Carey | Michael Jackson | Minnie Riperton | Paula Abdul | Samantha Fox | Selena | Spice Girls | Toni Braxton | Whitney Houston
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Associated Artists and Works
|Genie Girls (The)|
|Release Date : 2002|
|Original Release Date : 2002|
|Catalog ID : 68037|
|Label : BMG (distributor)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00078636803722|
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...With its lack of gimmickry and a surplus of sweet Seventies soul, STRIPPED is almost an album for grown-ups....Sophisticated fare..."
- 6 out of 10 - "...STRIPPED is Aguilera telling us what a girl pop star really wants: to be free with her body, her art, and her heart..."