Back to Basics (Double CD)

 
Xtina flirts with jazz, blues, and soul; some sex.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of playful flirtation throughout.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

A lot of innuendo. Only explicit in a couple of instances with lyrics: "Sip on my champagne/cause I'm gonna give you a little taste/of the sugar below my waist," on the track "Nasty Naughty Boy." And the song "Candyman" describes a "one-stop shop" that "makes the panties drop."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Includes a couple of references to drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is a lot of sexual innuendo on this album, as well as some pretty steamy photos in the CD insert. But it's all delivered with a wink and a smile.

What's the story?

The first album by Christina Aguilera in four years, BACK TO BASICS features the pop music star feeling her oats on two CDs' worth of classic-sounding love songs. She pays tribute to the jazz, blues, and soul arrangements of the past while adding her contemporary, flirtatious spin. The pop princess vamps her way through lyrics like "Sip on my champagne/cause I'm gonna give you a little taste/of the sugar below my waist" (on "Nasty Naughty Boy"). Though these lyrics leave little to the imagination, most of the other sexy stuff (and there's tons of it) is the teasey double-entendre kind that won't register with kids too young to understand.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The first disc features help from high-powered friends, including DJ Premier, Kwame, Tony Reyes, and Ben H. Allen. The second disc appears to be the "Linda Perry Show": The celebrity songwriter/producer leads Christina through her paces with artistry and finesse, and delivers a few lovely musical surprises. Many of the mixes sound a little drab, and some judicious editing could have made the album feel more focused, but if you're a true-blue fan, Back to Basics provides a lot of Christina to sink your teeth into.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the interesting phenomenon of young performers paying tribute to musical forms that have been around awhile. Is Christina's voice better suited for the pop music she's known for performing, or the jazzy, bluesy, classic sound she's going for here?

Music details

Artist:Christina Aguilera
Release date:August 15, 2006
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 August 4, 2011
age 14+
 

Jazz/Blues and Soul sung by Christina Aguilera

I haven't heard all of the songs, I like that jazz/blues/soul vibe and her voice is awesome. But the one song I've heard on Pandora is "Candyman" which is pretty iffyand "Ain't No Other Man" which uses "bada--. Overall this album O.K. for older teens.
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Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old September 22, 2010
age 5+
 

1 curse word.

"Ain't No Other Man" says "You've got style/you're bada**", repeatedly.
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Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 April 18, 2009
age 11+
 

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