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"Not Myself Tonight" (CD single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single describes a girl who wants to escape her good-girl image by going to a club, drinking shots, and kissing "boys and girls." The explicit version of the song includes the f-word in parts, and overall, the song includes a somewhat alarming message about trying to be someone you're not.
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What's the story?
NOT MYSELF TONIGHT is the first single off the forthcoming album Bionic from power-pop princess Christina Aguilera. The album will be the first collection of new songs from the singer since her 2006 record Back to Basics. In the debut single, Aguilera reverts back to her former wild-child ways, talking about escaping her everyday self by hitting the club. While there's nothing inherently wrong with wanting to blow off some steam every once in awhile, Aguilera's lyrics go a bit beyond just a harmless night of fun, mentioning "I'm dancing alot and I'm taking shots ... I'm kissing all the boys and the girls / Someone call the doctor 'cause I lost my mind, 'cause I'm doing things that I normally won't do / And if you don't like it,f--k you." The edited version of the song bleeps out the f-bombs, but the troubling message about engaging in risky behaviors to avoid problems remains.
Is it any good?
Though it doesn't break any creativity boundaries, "Not Myself Tonight" is an undeniably danceable song, with a catchy beat backed by Aguilera's consistently fantastic vocals. It's this voice that always makes even the more mundane among Aguilera's songs sound just a little different than anyone else's.
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