A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this greatest hits album is a mixed bag, content-wise. There are some super-sexy songs, like "Dirrty" and "Candyman," but there are also positive ones like "Beautiful" and "Fighter." Many of the tracks have been played on pop radio for years, so they'll probably be familiar to kids. The sexuality that's present is a tamer variety than you'll find on many hip-hop or rap albums, and Aguilera is flirtatious and playful at most, never misogynistic or tawdry.
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What's the story?
KEEPS GETTIN' BETTER combines 10 years of Christina Aguilera's top hits in one album. The pop veteran's first "best of" LP also introduces four new tracks and a new electronica sound. The new singles consist of remakes of two of Aguilera's classics, "Beautiful" and "Genie in a Bottle," as well as new songs "Dynamite" and the album's title track.
Is it any good?
Aguilera has always been the sexier, more outlandish diva on the pop scene, whether she was being compared to Britney Spears 10 years ago or Miley Cyrus today. But despite her often raunchy appearance and over singing, one thing has kept Aguilera relevant through the years: her powerhouse voice. On this album, fans will get to enjoy all of her fun, danceable tracks that have topped the charts over the years. Most of the songs have stood the test of time.
But what about the new tracks? Fans will be surprised by Aguilera's toned-down vocals and futuristic electronic feel on tracks like the updated "Genie in a Bottle" (titled "Genie 2.0"). The prize for most distinctive sound on the album has to go to the rerecorded "Beautiful," now titled "You Are What You Are." It's a hypnotic retro interpretation that cuts through some of the song's old sentimentality.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Aguilera compares to younger pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. Do you think today's female pop stars are more toned down in their sexuality than singers from a decade ago? If so, why? Is there room for singers like Aguilera and Britney Spears in today's pop music environment? Also, why do you think Aguilera chose to release the album through a chain store like Target?