It’s been so long and now one of the best singers of our age is finally back with an album that is not only diverse, danceable, charismatic but also meaningful and touching.
When you click play on “Liberation” you immediately get pulled into an emotional stream of what sounds like a dramatical movie soundtrack. Flowing effortlessly into “Searching for Maria”, the intro to the next song “Maria”, Christina takes you on a journey, narrating her own life story about the struggles of a teenage popstar. She has this gift of telling heavily emotional stories through her lyrics that will have you both empathize with and be inspired by her. A powerful voice like hers is made to tell powerful stories (think back to classic hits like “Fighter” or “Beautiful”).
On “Sick of Sittin” Christina goes on a little rant about her time as judge on American casting show “The Voice”. “I make it a policy not to tell anybody to sit down, I just still encourage everybody else to stand up”, she says. Yess Christina!! #empowerment
“Dreamers” is this epic intro to female empowerment hymn “Fall in Line” with Demi Lovato. On this intro young girls talk about what they want to be when they grow up and it’s the most touching thing ever. The message generally being that you can be whatever the hell you want to be and that you should believe in yourself no matter what. “Fall in Line” is also probably the most powerful song on the whole album. Pure united female power with a message that couldn’t be more current.
Listening to the following track “Right Moves” featuring Jamaican reggae and dancehall queens Keida and Shenseea you will see a completely different side of Christina that I guarantee you will love! At least I do! Yeah haters will say “oh and where’s the deep message in this one?” *rolls eyes* shut yo mouth and move di hips (I’m saying this in my fake Jamaican accent if you couldn’t tell) Oh and can we please get a music video to this one? Thanks! #viiiiibes
The next one “Like I Do” with GoldLink is just a piece of art that I won’t comment on any further. It speaks for itself. Musically immaculate and great use of varying vocal tone. #applause
“Deserve” gives me a little flashback to Back to Basics tracks “Understand” and “Without You”. Probably not my favourite track on the album because of its slightly exaggerated romantic dramatic but still solid and beautiful.
The song “Twice” can be in part seen a bit like a sequel to “Maria” where she says “I’d do it all again and won’t think twice”. So #noregretsjustlessonslearned
My opinion on “Accelerate” you already know or if you don’t you can read it here
Alright I didn’t think I would but I guess I’m really going through every single song on this album. *shrugs shoulders* I’m guessing if you hate Christina Aguilera you’ve stopped reading at this point anyways so here we go…
Next one is “Pipe” with artist XNDA. Yeah I know I had nooo idea who that was. I googled him and not even genius.com knows. I’ll give you an update as soon as I find out because I think he sounds pretty promising. Funny enough this track kinda gives me Tinashe vibes. So if you’re reading this T you should definitely make a cover version of this I think it would be pretty fire.
The second to last song “Masochist” is about an unhealthy relationship that it is hard to escape from “And maybe I’m just too damaged to really know what’s good for me” and “Cause loving you is so bad for me but I just can’t walk away”, Christina sings. We feel you girl! Way to stand up for female empowerment while still admitting weaknesses. #keepitreal #embraceyourflaws
Last but not least, or should I say the best comes last…Is that a saying? If you have a heart, this song will touch you. Guaranteed! “Unless It’s With You” is this super romantic ballad about love. And I have to say considering the amount of love songs that are out there already it’s pretty hard to come out with something that feels just slightly like something you haven’t heard before. But Christina you did it. *sobs* Just listen to the song. I can’t imagine that you won’t love it.