The 2010 album Bionic, from which this morsel hails, was an infamous flop for Aguilera, coming after her career highlight Back to Basics and before her career resurrecting stint on The Voice.
Apparently ‘Say Something’ has caused quite a stir for months without managing to be heard by me even once.
The piano ballad was released twice before, once on a solo record by Ian Axel in 2011 and again by Axel’s indie band A Great Big World in 2013. But it wasn’t until Christina Aguilera performed the track with the band on The Voice that it took off.
It’s as if she reached a crossroads at that point and inexplicably turned down the completely wrong path. After recording her best batch of songs and receiving a level of critical acclaim that had eluded her for years, she decided to turn away from the neo-soul revival that fit her like a glove and toward watered down electronic pop.
Some cruel twist of fate has offered up a second track from Christina Aguilera’s cringe-worthy Bionic album less than two weeks after the first.
Perhaps this is the Random iTunes Fairy giving me the opportunity to reveal that I did not pay money for this album. I’m not sure how exactly it came into my possession, but let me assure you that Ms. Aguilera received no financial compensation from me.
Christina Aguilera has had a strange career. She started out hot, riding the same Mickey Mouse Club teen starlet wave that gave us Britney Spears, but then cooled off quickly. Her sexed-up sophomore album, Stripped, came across as dirty rather than provocative.
She rebounded well with Back to Basics, an excellent double album that showcased her amazing voice and earned both critical raves and strong sales. But then she disappeared for a few years before appearing in the 2010 bomb Burlesque and releasing Bionic, a weak collection that sounded like an attempt to become Lady Gaga.
I saw the first ever performance of today’s SOTD, Maroon 5’s ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ when front man Adam Levine performed it on The Voice with fellow coach Christina Aguilera.
But then it fell completely off my radar. And, I assumed, neither did anybody else. I dismissed it as a failed attempt to capitalize on a large TV audience. Nice enough song, but instantly forgotten.
And the truth is, they didn’t always click in the several performances they gave to open or close episodes of the show. The result was about as disjointed as you’d expect it to be.
But this performance, of Cee-Lo’s big hit ‘Crazy’ (which he recorded as part of Gnarls Barkley) was a case where the four coaches really meshed.