by Christina Aguilera


Considering all the trials and tribulations surrounding her 2010 album Bionic, Phoenix may have been a more appropriate title for Christina Aguilera's fifth album than Lotus. Plagued by delays, Bionic underwhelmed upon its 2010 release, as did Xtina's silver screen debut Burlesque, and her career appeared on the brink of meltdown until she signed up to be a voice on the NBC singing competition The Voice. Soon, she was duetting with her co-star Adam Levine on Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," her star was hotter than ever, and she was determined to not have it dim with Lotus. Streamlined considerably from the confused but often gripping Bionic and the sprawling double-album Back to Basics, Lotus isn't without risks -- "Red Hot Kind of Love" is a giddy, delirious piece of pop produced by Lucas Secon of "Lucas with the Lid Off" fame, as bracingly different as anything on the radio in 2012 -- but Aguilera isn't attempting a robotic future-soul, she's sticking with the belting soul ballads, hard disco, and pop that made her a star. And she feels comfortable in this familiar, slightly freshened territory, riding the glitzy pulse of "Let There Be Love," seizing the solo spotlight on the spare piano-and-voice ballad "Blank Page," sneering at her haters on "Circles," and spitting at them on the bonus cut "Shut Up." Christina may not pushing at her limits here -- a safeness underscored by the presence of not one but two Voice co-stars -- Cee Lo Green comes in for the pulsating party "Make the World Move," Blake Shelton duets on the slow, bluesy closer "Just a Fool" -- but it's hard to blame her for playing it safe, particularly because she wound up with such a strong pop album, one that reconfirms her gifts as a singer and savviness as a pop star. [A clean version of the album was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887654042729
catalogNumber: 540427

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christina Aguilera   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Chris Braide   Piano,Keyboards
Steve Robson   Keyboards
Pete Whitfield   Violin
Max Martin   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Daly   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
Songa Lee   Strings
Rodney Wirtz   Strings
Jamie Hartman   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Synthesizer Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Marisa Kuney   Strings
Karl Brazil   Drums
Simon Turner   Celli
Shellback   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sarah Brandwood-Spencer   Violin
Tyler Chester   Bass
Alisha Bauer   Strings
Aimee Proal   Background Vocals
Alex Stemp   Violin
John Garrison   Bass
Jon Keep   Synthesizer,Keyboards
J Browz   Bass,Guitar,Strings
Candice Pillay   Background Vocals
Mike Del Rio   Vocals
JulieAnn Cole   Violin
Jeff Bobko   Piano
Professor   Synthesizer Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Ruth Owens   Celli

Technical Credits

Irving Azoff   Management
Chris Braide   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Scott Hendricks   Vocal Engineer
Pete Hofmann   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Steve Robson   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Justin Stanley   Engineer
Pete Whitfield   String Arrangements
Brian Willis   Pro-Tools
David Glass   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer
Oscar Ramirez   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Christina Aguilera   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Sia   Composer
Steve Daly   drum programming
Wayne Hector   Composer
John Hanes   Engineer
Armando Trovajoli   Composer
Oliver Goldstein   Composer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Jamie Hartman   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Dem Jointz   Producer
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee   Composer,Producer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Vocal Producer
Jayson DeZuzio   Composer,Producer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Sam Miller   Engineer
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Graham Marsh   Vocal Engineer
Sam Holland   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Tina Kennedy   Management
Olivia Waithe   Composer
Lucas Secon   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Alex Da Kid   Producer
Josh Mosser   Engineer
Tiffany Amber   Composer
Jon Keep   drum programming
Aeon "Step" Manahan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jason Gilbert   Composer,Producer
Alexander Grant   Composer
Virginia Blackmore   Composer
Oscar Holter   Composer
Phil Bentley   Composer
Jakke Erixson   Composer
Ali Tamposi   Composer
Candice Pillay   Composer,Vocal Producer
Tracklacers   Producer
Mike Del Rio   Composer,Producer
Dwayne Abernathy   Composer

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