Young takes a listen to the brand new single, ‘Your Body’, by Christina Aguilera and thinks it could and should be a hit for the singer.
UK release date: T.B.A.
The past few years have been a run of ups and downs for Christina Aguilera: her last album, Bionic, received mixed reviews and was met with low sales figures; she divorced her husband of nearly five years, Jordan Bratman; got a lukewarm reaction to her début film, Burlesque; flubbed the words to the US National Anthem at the Superbowl; and came under heavy media scrutiny for her drunken nights out and noticeable weight gain. However, now the ‘Beautiful’ singer has been preparing her comeback whilst being a coach on the successful show The Voice (US), and is now ready to prove to the world she has not been beaten. With ‘Your Body’, the new and highly-anticipated single taken from her forthcoming seventh album Lotus - due for a UK release in November – Aguilera will be hoping to do just that.
A fun, sexy and upbeat club track, ‘Your Body’ harks back to her previous albums’ lead singles – ‘Dirrty’ from Stripped and ‘Not Myself Tonight’ from the aforementioned Bionic - with its blend of R&B and electro-pop. The sexually suggestive lyrics, to which Christina is certainly no stranger, speak of a woman attempting to get over an old flame by going to a club to seek out a one-night stand. While the song’s message might not appeal to some people, you can’t deny its catchiness and ability to make you move on the dancefloor. The tempo in the verses is slightly slower and more seductive as Aguilera coos lines such as: ‘So open the box, don’t need no key, I’m unlocked / And I won’t tell you to stop (uh oh, yeah)’ and ‘It’s true what you heard / I am a freak, I’m disturbed / So come and give me your worst (uh-oh, yeah)’. Then the track’s throbbing beat picks up as she then belts out the chorus: ‘All I wanna do is love your body / Uh-oh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-oh / Tonight’s your lucky night, I know you want it / Uh-oh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-oh’. There is an explicit version of this track which replaces the word ‘love’ with an easily guessable expletive.
Towards the end, as Christina repeats the phrase ‘I think you already know my name’, her trademark voice is shown to be in top form. Throwing in numerous riffs and runs, she turns a song which could have easily been done by the likes of Britney Spears, into one that few singers these days could match for such vocal force and sexual energy. After the disappointing reception to Bionic, and the controversy she has faced before for releasing such sexually-charged songs, you’d have thought Aguilera – who is in need of a good comeback – wouldn’t do so again. Well, she has, but this time we hope the radio and club-friendly ‘Your Body’ will sway more towards the success and legacy of ‘Dirrty’, than the less impressive ‘Not Myself Tonight’, becoming her ticket back to the top.