Stripped

Stripped

by Christina Aguilera

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Overview

While her Mickey Mouse Club nemesis, Britney Spears, coyly clings to her not-a-girl/not-yet-a-woman status, Christina Aguilera has no qualms about proclaiming her hot-blooded grown-upness on her ambitious sophomore disc, Stripped. Aguilera appears strategically topless on the disc's provocative cover and totally nude in one of the booklet's photos. Despite all the flesh baring, however, the album is more about being emotionally naked than actually disrobing. On the 20 confessional, genre-hopping songs, Aguilera confirms why her 1999 Grammy win for Best New Artist was no fluke: She has viscerally soulful chops that rival a pre-breakdown Mariah on her best day. With songs such as the classic soul–inspired, Alicia Keys–penned "Impossible," the Latin-tinged homage to her ex, "Infatuation," and the girl power hip-hop anthem "Can't Hold Us Down," featuring Lil' Kim, Aquilera graduates with honors from the teen pop ranks of Britney and Mandy to the adult pop-'n'-soul realm of Janet and Whitney. Aguilera also takes a few cues from her rebellious "Lady Marmalade" collaborator, Pink, by working with Linda Perry of 4-Non Blondes. Perry reprises the gritty rock edge she lent to Pink's outstanding Missundazstood on four songs here, including the soul-baring ballad "Beautiful" and the haunting, acoustic guitar–laced "I'm OK," about growing up with an abusive father. What's most surprising is that Aguilera -- for all her pouty camera come-ons and porn star attire -- thinks of herself as a misfit. "Sorry I'm not a virgin/Sorry I'm not a slut/I won't let you break me/Think what you want," she belts on the "Stripped Pt. 2" interlude. While her image may still invite criticism, there's no denying this young woman is an unparalleled talent. Let's just hope Ms. Aguilera soon realizes that she doesn't have to take her clothes off to prove her worth.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2002
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636803715
catalogNumber: 68037
Rank: 19570

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christina Aguilera   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Glen Ballard   Guitar
Alexandra Brown   Background Vocals
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Richard Dodd   Cello
Larry Gold   Conductor
John Goux   Guitar
Gary Grant   Horn
Lili Haydn   Violin,Viola
Jerry Hey   Horn
Dan Higgins   Horn
Russell Jackson   Bass
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Michael Landau   Guitar
Tarus Mateen   Bass
Dave Navarro   Guitar
Linda Perry   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Strings
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Hammond Organ
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Arthur White   Guitar
Orion Crawford   Chart
Darryl Dixon   Horn
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Mike Elizondo   Bass
?uestlove   Drums
David Warner   Guitar (Electric Tenor)
Brian Frazier Moore   Drums
Rob Hoffman   Guitar,fender rhodes
David Siegel   Keyboards
David Watson   Horn
Charles Hines   Background Vocals
Eric King   Background Vocals
Alicia Keys   Piano,Background Vocals
Paul Alexandre John   Drums
Aaron Fishbein   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Stinson   Drums
Crystal Drummer   Background Vocals
Uriah Duffy   Bass
Shanti Randall   Viola
Damon Fox   Keyboards
Kameron Houff   Drums
Toya Smith   Background Vocals
Brian Macleod   Drums

Technical Credits

Glen Ballard   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Ron Fair   Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Linda Perry   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Instrumentation
Anson Dawkins   Choir Arrangement
Eric Dawkins   Choir Arrangement
Davy Vain   Pro-Tools
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
William Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
Rockwilder   Producer
Steve Morales   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Balewa Muhammad   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Wassim Zreik   Engineer
Oscar Ramirez   Engineer
Rob Hoffman   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestra Production
Christina Aguilera   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
E. Dawk   Arranger,Producer
Shane Stoner   Engineer
Matthew Morris   Composer
David Siegel   Composer
Heather Holley   Composer,Producer
David Guerrero   Engineer
Alicia Keys   Composer,Instrumentation
Glen Nakasako   Art Direction
Matt Morris   Composer
Jasper Cameron   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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Stripped 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christina Aguilera became a beautiful fighter! I loved this album. It was amazing. I still listen to it. Every track, you understand what went down in her childhood, her love life, her personal life, her career. How she over-come depression and became an example to all women or just people going through something. You can listen to every track and love it. I still love many of the tunes from this record, even "Keep Singing My Song" and "Fighter". When I need to, I sing them to heck with the rest of the world and universe. Just let myself, my family, true friends, and God hear me sing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This to me is one of her best albums to date and by far her most raw piece of work. Christina puts her heart on her sleeve and risks it all some would say for what became one of the best selling albums of 2002 and won her a fourth Grammy. There are NO fillers on this album it's all worth listening to and not a single track worth skipping. I reccomand this album when you're going through troubled times and need some release and relation this is the album for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge 32 yr. old music fan of all genres & have over 300 cd's ranging from pop, rock, classic rock, r&b, classical, easy listening, cont. country, dance/club, etc. I can truly say that Stripped is one of, if not, my favorite CD. CA has proven her unparalleled talent with this album as she was completely involved in writing/producing/composing. It is comprised of beautiful/inspirational lyrics, a multitude of musical diversity, & a powerful/soaring Angelic voice. And as far as her so called new revealing image, critics should take a look at all the H-H& rap music/videos. All you see are provocative & sexually exploited portrayals of women. CA's video is pure & wholesome compared to these other mainstream videos. CA reveals a little bit of sexuality & some skin & everybody freaks out. Fortunately, most of us have the ability to judge an artist for their talent rather than just their image. & it is unfortunate for those who get so offended over a little bit skin. Loosen up people. This album is brilliant. CA should never again be compared to bubble-gum pop as this album has completely ¿Stripped¿ her from this category. CA has soared to musical maturity & integrity. This cd is encouraging, inspirational, heartening, & invigorating. I recommend this CD to anyone from 5 - 100 yrs. old - seriously, it's that good. So what are you waiting for. Go buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the CD! In my opinion Stripped is much better(don't get me wrong, her other CD is really good). Her music isn't so poppy, and the lyrics are great. My favorites are Can't Hold Us Down, and Dirrty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the most diverse sound ive heard thus far this year.Its gonna kill!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is exactly the music i am looking for. Edgy, energetic, with a lot of spunk and very creative. This is the BEST album i have heard from her so far. DON'T stop now, keep the music flowing!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with Christina's voice in the past , but never actually bought her music , because it seemed too "Pop"...I knew that with her talent , she could do much better. I saw her sing BB Kings "The thrill is gone" when she was a young child , and it sent chills down my spine. It takes more than an "alright pop singer" to do that , this girl has soul. But it Seemed like the record company cared too much about her "pop" image than her talent and potential. This album shocked the hell outta me , I listened in amazement. It touched all topics , with different styles of music. If you love soul , and R&B you'll love "Love me for me " ,whice is my personal favorite that has an Erykah Badu , Jill Scott kind of feel .Or "Impossibe" which has a classic R&B sound...Hip Hop fan , you'll like "Cant hold us down" and "Dirrty"...to cut it short , this album is amazing , and she is a brillant young woman. I did buy this album , and will from here on buy anything she blesses with her heavenly voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll be going track by track: 1) Stripped Pt. 1- As far as I'm concerned every CD should have an intro, outro and interludes- I think they are so cool. And this is by far the best intro I have ever heard. It was edited perfectly, it said exctly what it needed to say and it made you wish it were a whole 4:00 song. 10/10 points 2) Can't Hold Us Down (Featuring Lil' Kim)- Christina said she wanted the first single to be something powerful and in your face and I think this should have been it. The lyrics are so true (Call me a #@&$% cause I speak what's on my mind, Guess it's easier for you to swallow if I sat and smiled) and the beat is awesome. My only problem with this track is Lil' Kim sounds like she doesn't want to be there. Christina has soo much energy and Lil' Kim just sounds bored. 9/10 points 3) Walk Away- God, I LOVE when she does the blues. This song is perfection if I ever heard it. This song is more than likely about her relationship with back-up dancer Jorge. "I was naive, your love was like candy. Artificially sweet, I was decieved by the wrapping." This is a song that alot of people can relate to. 10/10 points 4) Fighter- Don't even get me started on this song. I love it!!! I love everything about it, from the second it starts to the second it ends. People that are saying that is just Christina just trying to do "rock" are sadly mistaken. This song is about power and the instrumental of the song fits the lyrics to a tee. This song is absoltely incredible. 10/10 points 5) Primer Amor Interlude- Ummm.....it's in Spanish so I don't understand what she's saying but it sounds great, and it does a great job at leading into the next track...which is exactly what an interlude should do. 8/10 points 6) Infatuation- When I first this song in February when Christina performed it at the closing ceremonies of the Olympic games I loved it and 8 months later I still think it's a great song. This is the song that picks up where "Mi Reflejo" left off. I think will always add a little latin flavor to whatever she does. 9/10 points 7) Loves Embrace Interlude- When this interlude starts I am reminded of a place that I wish I were at....you hear water running and bird's chirpping and serenity fills you. At the end she says "I was so afraid, afraid of love's embrace." The track continues non-stop into the next song. Very pretty. 8/10 points 8) Loving Me 4 Me- Here is the first truly happy song on the CD. Her voice is as smooth as silk here, it is an absolutely beautiful song. The song is just so sexy and cool, I love it. 9/10 points 9) Impossible- The song that Christina does with Alicia Keys. You know for sure that this is an Alicia track...it just sounds very Alicia. Such and amazing song though, Christina's vocals shine on this track. The lyrics are cool, and Alicia's background vocals vocals mend with Christina's perfectly. This is a single worthy track. 10/10 points 10) Underappreciated- This song fits perfectly right where it is on the CD. After the previous two ballads you want something a little more upbeat. Another Jorge song... the chorus really sells this song for me, it is just cool. Another song that everyone could relate to, I mean who doesn't feel underappreciated 9/10 points 11) Beautiful- And that's what it is- Beautiful. This song is impeccable. I am sooo glad it is the second single. The lyrics are perfect, the paino and orchestra sound amazing and Christina's voice is as strong as ever. She just has so much emotion when she sings this. 10/10 points 12) Make Over- This is for sure the odd track of the album, but nonetheless one of the best. It is a sound I haven't really heard before. I would say it's a mix of pop, electronica, rock and blues. This song is about her problems with her managment that she had a few years back. It's such a cool and different song. 10/10 points 13) Cruz- This is the best rock ballad I've heard in a long time. It sounds like
Guest More than 1 year ago
she absolutely beat miss spears..... again i cant beileve they tried to compare the 2 omg......... but anyways christina's voice is so powerful its amazing.... the album is awsome go get ur self a copy or download it on the internet hehehe......... thats what i did so i dont need to buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She sounds amazing and that's why i say WOW! Ever since i've heard 'Dirrty' i knew that she've prepared for us something extraordinary, absolutely different from 'genie in a bottle' *thingy*, she's proven that she's better than Britney and dem other so-called "pop divas". Xtina sounds DIRRTY and that's what i like about this new album. She's finally shown us what she's about, and I guarantee ya gonna luv it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Aguilera is back, more beautiful and powerful as ever. Her teeny-bop pop days are over and she's here to let the world know she's 21 and proud. The track "Beautiful" sends a clear and concise message to all listeners to never give up. And, her fun-number 1 hit "Dirrty" pleases fans with fast beats and a catchy chorus. Aguilera clearly enjoys redefining herself overtime and only one can wonder what the changing songstress has next in store.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Aguilera's new CD "Stripped" is totally different from her first...but dont expect better. Christina has a great voice, but most of it is covered up by the loud music in the background. The songs are mostly ballads, and not that great. However, songs such as "Beautiful" and "Fighter" are pretty good. If you didn't like her song "Dirrty" your probably not going to like this CD so much becuase no matter what they say, most of the songs are pretty much like that. I guess this CD is, like I said on my title, OK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Aguilera has finally shed the teen pop diva visage. New single "Dirrty" is the groundbreaker for this phenomenal artist to state her place in the music industry. She may have lost tons of pop airplay with this song, but who cares. The song is great and the album is a sure fire hit. Go Agy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, Christina is very, very Real! She's a beautiful girl with an amazing voice and I respect her. All of these songs are terrific. I just want Miss Aguilera to know that I am still her biggest fan. I love her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew she was a big azz voice hiding behind pop tunes that she didn't even want to sing. Her voice is WAY TOO BIG FOR THAT! ONLY ONE OTHER WHITE FEMALE GIVES HER A RUN FOR VOCAL SUPERIORTY THAT SELENE DION. BUT THATS ANOTHER STORY. ALL and ALL THIS ALBUM IS OFF THA CHAIN YO! AND I AM A BROTHA INTO NEOSOUL!! SHE IS A MUSICAL CHAMELEON! SOMETHIN FOR EVERYONE ON THIS ALBUM. MUCH PROP CHRISTINA YO YOU DID YO THANG!!!!!!!!!! HOTTEST JOINTS ON ALBUM: Get mine u get yours Impossible Cant hold us down w/ lil kim YO TRUST ME THIS AINT NO POP SHytt ALBUM I DONT BUY THAT MESS!!!!! AINT INTO NO BRITTANY AND ON THAT NOTE YO IT'S A DAMN SHAME SHE EVER GOT COMPARE TO BRITTANY
Guest More than 1 year ago
. . . .' Stripped ' Herself as of the means of the essential good - girl pop tart glam , This time she's steppin out of what held her back and doing what she defines as " The Real Me " , Her new smooth tunes consist of diffrent genres such as some soul and R&B and a little bit of Latin Rythm which one song " Infatuation " a song about her 1st Latin Love ; Jorge Santos , along with a Co - written song with the Miss Alica Keys " Impossible " , To the eerie inside look of Christinas Childhood in "Im Ok" Give's a real look about what she went through with her abusive father, and its wonderful how she has stepped out and said to him " I look back at yesterday , But im Okay " ,Her new music proves to show her growth as an artist and where she stands as a women , Yup ; Miss. Aguilera has made it clear to lay everything down on the table and to prove " Hey this is the real me , No strings attached . "
Guest More than 1 year ago
people aren't giving this album the props it deserves! the fact that christina helped write the songs shows that she's trying to take more control of her music. her songs are very impressive. my favorites are: "walk away" (for people in a relationship you know is bad but you can't leave), "loves embrace" (the perfect interlude for a beautiful song), "Loving me 4 me" (beautiful song about true love), "impssible" (alicia keys piano playing is the perfect cameo), "beautiful" (for when you need encouragement and feel bad about yourself), "cruz" (for when u just want to pack up all your bags and get away from everything, "Soar", "get mine, you get yours" (for those girls who dont want to be in relationships!), and "i'm okay" (wonderful song showing christina's childhood memories). wow! i didn't expect such a wonderful album but that's what my $13 got me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never was a big fan of Christina's until I listened to this album. I didn't think I would like it, until I listened to the awesome beats and truthful lyrics. It's honest and upfront! She's a beautiful singer and writer! Get the album and you'll see...and hear what I mean! After one song, I was hooked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is the best cd done by a female.i give props to christina at least she has grown up and this cd is deep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every Generation has that one vocalist that just blows the competition away... True thier still is still Ms. Carey around but now not as powerfull as Miss Aguilera at the moment. Escaping the cookie cutter genre of pop princess, she goes on to explore all types of music in her own carefully crafted album, Stripped. From her edgey intro, announcing her departure from the old puppet Christina and introducing us to the real Christina who is in control. Leading us through a women empowering uptempo, r'n'b, song called Can't Hold Us Down featuring the raw lic.s of the Queen B herself, Lil Kim. Hard vocals and lyrics are a match for its equally edgey music of Figher with guest guitarist Dave Navarro. Her latin roots don't just stop at her last name. Infatuation takes her sound to an urban latin vibe which makes anyone just want to move in thier seats. So many great tracks just in the first quarter of her album. Don't worry, her album doesn't give away all of it's great songs in the beginning. Great ballads, such as Beautifull, and exciting dance beats, Dirrty, are all spread out with in this jaw dropping album. Christina Aguilera does an exceptional job in proving that she deserved to win the Grammy's News Artist of the Year award three years ago, and deserves more. Her vocal talent alone far exceeds anyone else in the charts today. Producing her own tracks gives us an insight to what this woman is all about. She strips away all gloss and gives an honest look to what she really is in a entertaining and pleasurable way... an outstanding vocalist. One who will last longer then just 3 singles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really loved the cd. i listen to it at least twice a day. i have over 100 cd's and this one is my favorite. i also like christina as a person, but NOT briney spears she is a slut and cant't sing or lip good. Christina has so much talent and she deserved more then two grammys. Stripped interlude-*****- because i like the talking in the beginning and it just sounds cool. Cant Hold Us Down-*****- this song is about men having more rights and if men and women do the same things the girls will get a rep and the guys won't it also deserves more then five stars. Walk Away-*****. Fighter-*****. Infatuation Interlude-****. infatuation-*****. love embrace-*****. loving me 4 me-****. impossible-*****. underappreciated-*****. Beautiful-*****. Make Over-*****. Cruz-****. Soar-*****. Get min get yours-*****. dirry-*****. Stripped Part 2-*****. The Voice With In-*****. I'm Okay-*****. Keep on singin my song-*****
Guest More than 1 year ago
While many think that Christina Aguilera has become too "raunchy," or too "permiscuous," this is only because she has changed. She is no longer the fake, cute pop star most people know her as. She has spent a long time going through a lot, and with that transformation, she has created a CD with beautiful and inspirational music. She wrote many of the songs herself, and cowrote several others. She has so many different sounds on the CD-- rock, latin, soul, and dance. SOme of the best songs include "Beautiful," "I'm OK," (a very personal song about growing up watching her mother being abused by her father) and "Soar." Also "cruz," "Get mine, Get yours," and "Can't Hold Us Down." I know that many people are dubious about how pure her music will be, but trust me--this CD is worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cd's i have ever heared. if you are a christina fan. buy this cd.