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Keeps Gettin Better: A Decade [Best of]

Christina Aguilera Audio CD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christina "Keeps Gettin Better" Aug. 10 2011
By Sangel4
Format:Audio CD
Love it - most of my favrite songs are listed with the CD "Keeps Getting Better" I would purchase again if I had too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xtrina the best Jan. 9 2014
By Left-T
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
How can you not like Xtrina.. Her voice is simply amazing..... Have to admit that Xtrina is getting better physically as well. She looks great.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I love everything Christina Aguilera has ever done. She's been with me since she first came out in 1999 with 'Genie In A Bottle' and she's been apart of me ever since. I think this 'Greatest Hits' compilation is a great way to cap off 10 years of hits and constant change in musical styles and personalities. The remix of 'Genie In A Bottle' (entitled Genie 2.0), the single 'Keeps Gettin' Better' and the other new track 'Dynamite' are fantastic tracks to preview what is next for Christina on her upcoming new album due out in late 2009 or possibly sometime in 2010 - which I can guarantee will be making its way to my CD shelf when it is released. My only objection is the remix of 'Beautiful' (renamed You Are What You Are), I think it sucks to be honest but that not withstanding that's just my opinion.

This album sums up Christina's first 3 studio albums - the self titled, Christina Aguilera, Stripped and Back To Basics and a couple non-album tracks such as Lady Marmalade from 2001 which features Mya, Pink and Lil' Kim and Nobody Wants To Be Lonely featuring Ricky Martin.

Of course, we kick off with 'Genie In A Bottle' the song that started it all, followed by 'What A Girl Wants' and 'I Turn To You'. She included the radio version of 'Come On Over (All I Want Is You)' which differs from the actual album version because of the different lyrical content, being more mature and semi-sexual. I personally think that the radio version of 'Come On Over (All I Want Is You)' is better than the album version, no disrespect to the album version intended!

Switch gears to the Stripped era where Christina took more control of her career and music, writing what she wanted and saying what she wanted, and of course - doing what she wanted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is exactly what I was looking for June 28 2009
By Doc Shred - Published on Amazon.com
I waited a long time for a "best of" Christina Aguilera, and now there is finally one available with this CD/DVD set. I'm not a die hard fan, but I like several of her songs and admire her vocals. I didn't like her enough to buy any of her regular albums but always thought if she released a greatest hits I'd check it out. All the familiar radio hits are here. The DVD of her popular MTV videos is a nice bonus, but I won't really watch it much I'll listen to the CD. I was disappointed to discover after I got mine that there are other versions of this release with more tracks. My CD only has 14 tracks, others have 16 or 17. A Decade of Hits also only covers three albums, which is interesting. It used to be bands would put out 10 albums in a decade, now Christina can get away with only three. If you want to get her hit songs without buying all the CDs, this is a good disc. It suits my Christina Aguilera needs perfectly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice sampler for new listeners May 16 2010
By rmcrae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Keeps Gettin' Better isn't meant to be a greatest hits collection. Rather it's a chronological runthrough of some of Christina's biggest hits and her evolution as an artist over the past decade. All 4 singles from her debut are featured (Genie In A Bottle, What A Girl Wants, I Turn To You, and Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)) with only 3 from Stripped (Dirrty, Beautiful, and Fighter) and Back To Basics (Ain't No Other Man, Hurt, and Candyman). She flips the script on 2 of her biggest staples. Genie 2.0 is a techno inflected makeover of the original and the self love anthem Beautiful transforms into an icy slice of electronica. The new tracks Keeps Gettin' Better and Dynamite preview the futuristic electropop of her upcoming disc Bionic. Casual listeners and hardcore fans, enjoy. Everybody else need not apply.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps Gettin' Better Jan. 27 2011
By rmcrae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The past year hasn't been the best for Christina Aguilera. The pop songstress' last album Bionic tanked (thanks to her label) and her 5 year marriage to husband/music marketing exec Jordan Bratman came to an end. Latest reports allege the diva attempted to physically assault her Burlesque co-star Julianne Hough at a Golden Globes after party and passed out drunk in the bed of actor Jeremy Renner during his birthday party. Personally I think both stories are fabricated soap opera storylines (the tabloid's forte), but I digress.

While many people are questioning if Aguilera can make a comeback, I thought it'd be nice to take a trip down memory lane. Enter 2008's Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits, a chronological runthrough of some of Christina's biggest hits and her evolution as an artist over the past decade.

The 1999 debut single Genie in a Bottle introduced the giggly, midriff bearing blonde Chrissy to the pop music scene. The suggestive come-on "I'm a genie in a bottle, baby/Gotta rub me the right way, honey... Come come, come on and let me out" caused some mild controversy from the press, but it wasn't that big of a deal. The R&B flavored What a Girl Wants thanks a guy for standing by his girl through the tough times. "What a girl wants/What a girl needs/Whatever makes me happy sets you free..." The ballad I Turn To You, penned by Diane Warren, is another dedication to a lover or friend for being a "shield from the storm". By the single version of Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You), Christina was ready to upgrade the sexuality of her image: "I'm not just talking about your sexuality/But I can't help myself when you put your hands on me.... It's paradise, when you and I/Get close, get tight/One on one I wanna/Go on all night/I wanna play that game with you, baby!"

The 2001 Latin pop track Nobody Wants to Be Lonely teamed the diva up with Mr. Livin' La Vida Loca Ricky Martin and Lady Marmalade, a Missy Elliot produced cover of the 70's Labelle classic, brought Pink, Mya, and Lil' Kim on board to pose the question "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?" "Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?" in English. Christina's powerhouse pipes shut. it. DOWN!

2002's Stripped said "peace out" to Chrissy and "wazzup?!" to Xtina, the sexed up, aggressive bad girl with multiple body piercings, ratty weaves, and a phony "ghetto" accent (yo!). Dirrty, both the video and the song, made mouths drop all over the country. You remember her "sweatin' until my clothes come off", although she wasn't wearing much clothing to begin with. The self-esteem booster Beautiful was released as the follow-up and swept away the controversy of her new image. "We are beautiful no matter what they say/Yes, words won't bring us down/We are beautiful in every single way/Yes, words can't bring us down/Don't you bring me down today!" And don't you forget it! The rock influenced Fighter thanks all the backstabbers and naysayers who try to take you down with their hate. "Made me learn a little bit faster/Made my skin a little bit thicker/Makes me that much smarter/So thanks for making me a fighter!"

2006 saw the creation of Back to Basics, a throwback record inspired by the pioneers of jazz and blues like Etta James and Billie Holliday. The exuberant lead single Ain't No Other Man praises Christina's (or Baby Jane as she was called at the time) then husband Jordan for being "the only one who's ever passed every test" and prove himself worthy of her love. Candyman gives the 1941 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy swinger a raunchy twist: "He's a one stop, gotcha hot, making all the panties drop!" Hurt is a dramatic Barbara Streisand styled ballad of Tim Burton proportions agonizing over an estranged parent's passing. "I'm sorry for blaming you for everything I just couldn't do/And I've hurt myself/By hurting you."

The compilation boasts 2 new songs based in the futuristic electropop of her 2010 disc Bionic. Keeps Gettin' Better is a cocky and fun reminder that Xtina 2.0 is always in control and Dynamite is an electric dance track all about being free and having fun. Genie 2.0 is a techno inflected makeover of the original that passes with flying colors. I am deeply in love with the icy slice of electronica remake of Beautiful retitled You Are What You Are (Beautiful). Recalling the dreamy ambience of Zero 7 and The Knife, Christina's vocals are robotic and restrained, but the emotion of the original is still there. Her slightly muffled melisma runs toward the end are gorgeous. I can play this one a dozen times in a row and not get sick of it.

Christina isn't the first nor will she be the last star to hit a few bumps in her professional career. Mariah Carey, anyone? I'm sure she'll come back harder than ever, kickin' butts and takin' names. Lord knows she's come too far to throw in the towel for good. Get 'em, girl!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first greatest hits compilation of a living legend Dec 25 2010
By Alex D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Now to some people it may seem slightly early for Ms. Aguilera to be releasing a greatest hits collection after just 3 mainstream studio albums, but this special ten year career anniversary collection definitely does a very good job in bringing together & highlighting some of Christina's trademark & in some cases iconic songs, the tracklisting for the album runs in chronological order to the hits from her 1999 debut Christina Aguilera, then to the sophomore release Stripped & finally to her 2006 retro influenced album Back to Basics and there are 4 new songs, 2 being different & fresh renditions of the original back catalogue material & the other two being compleatly new such as `Dynamite' & the electro-pop influenced single `Keeps getting better'. overall it is a smashing hits collection from living legend Christina Aguilera & just to add very fond of the album artwork and the booklet which includes futuristic pics of christina!! here comes the new decade of hits!!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Retrospective From Xtina July 19 2010
By Cory T. Shaeffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Despite the omission of the beautiful ballad "The Voice Within," all of the biggest solo hits from Christina Aguilera are contained in chronological order on this disc. Missing, however, is the 2001 smash "Lady Marmalade" because it was part of a movie soundtrack.

As for the songs on this collection, the wonderful pop singles "Genie in a Bottle" and "Beautiful" are worth the album's price alone, as they are two of the finest pop songs of the last decade or so. There are other ballads, "Hurt" and "I Turn to You" which are not to be overlooked. The 2006 smash hit "Ain't No Other Man" and the marvelous "Candyman" are also included here.

There are also two new songs, "Keeps Gettin' Better" and "Dynamite" which both kind of have an electro vibe to them, kind of like Goldfrapp meets Madonna. To her credit, the songs sound like legitimate hits and not just filler. There is also a new version of "Genie" which is just okay. But overall, this is a fine collection from one of the greatest and most recognizable voices of our time.
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