Back to Basics (Double CD)

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Back to Basics (Double CD) Music Poster Image
Xtina flirts with jazz, blues, and soul; some sex.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Lots of playful flirtation throughout.

Violence
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
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Includes a couple of references to drinking.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008

Excellent!

AWESOME CD! Great music and a wonderful voice. I just wish the few inapropriate lyrics had edited versions for my girls age 12 & 14 to dance to for thei... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 22, 2010

1 curse word.

"Ain't No Other Man" says "You've got style/you're bada**", repeatedly.
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 August 4, 2011

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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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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