|1. Stripped Intro|
|2. Can't Hold Us Down (feat. Lil' Kim)|
|3. Walk Away|
|5. Primer Amor Interlude|
|7. Loves Embrace Interlude|
|8. Loving Me 4 Me|
|12. Make Over|
|15. Get Mine Get Yours|
|17. Stripped Pt.2|
|18. The Voice Within|
|19. I'm OK|
|20. Keep On Singin' My Song|
However, I wasn't going to buy an album based on one song. And of course, Stripped was the album that spawned "Dirrty," literally one of the worst songs ever recorded by a major artist. I was skeptical until I heard the next single from the album, "Fighter." I wasn't fooled into thinking that this is a "rock" song (I still don't know why she got someone as famous as Dave Navarro to play a guitar riff this simple), but Aguilera's vocal delivery is so impressive it gives you goosebumps. And really, the music isn't that bad, either.
Okay, so that's two songs I really like. Now, what are the chances I'll like even one Christina Aguilera song? Not very good, I figured, so I decided to buy the album, because it had already shattered all my preconceived notions about it. I'm glad I did. This is truly a very good album- so good, in fact, it doesn't really even qualify as a guilty pleasure (Okay, I won't shout from the rooftops that I like it, but I am ready to defend it!).Read more ›
The songs on this album also show tremendous growth from Christina's "Genie in a Bottle" days. Gone is the fluffy bubblegum pop that made her so popular, replaced with heartfealt ballads, inspirational songs, a few angry-sounding rockin' tunes, R&B-flavored songs, and so much more. A few of the songs do seem a little inappropriate for kids, including "Get Mine, Get Yours" (a song about casual sex), "Dirrty" (you've all heard this one by now), "Make-Over" (Christina throws around the word "bulls***" in this song a lot), and "Can't Hold Us Down" (featuring some cussing).
However, this is truly a fantastic album. If you didn't like Christina back in her "girlie" days, listen to this CD, and you'll see her in a totally new light. She's changed so drastically, some of the pictures in the booklet with lyrics picture her completely naked! As Christina claims in the introduction, this is the REAL her, and she's not gonna let anyone stop her from doing what she wants to do. I highly do recommend this CD.
BEWARE: If you're looking for happy, upbeat pop songs like "Genie in a Bottle" or "What a Girl Wants" do not go buy this CD. Many of the songs are ballads or R&B types. Don't expect to find teenybopper songs, because from this CD, you can tell that Christina is branching out from pop into mainly R&B.
There is a bit of cussing on this CD, and some of the pictures in the booklet with the lyrics feature Christina [out of her] clothes. However, there aren't cuss words on every song. I don't think this CD would be appropriate for anyone under 12, especially beacause of some of the words and lyrics.
Now for the songs: If you hated "Dirrty" (one of my favorite tracks on the CD), and you make an assumption that every song will be like this, you're wrong. Like I said, there are mostly ballads and R&B songs here. "Fighter", "Make-over", and "Can't Hold us Down" were great songs, and I loved the powerful feeling of "Cruz", "Soar", and "Keep On Singin' My Song". "Beautiful", "Infatuation", and "Get Mine, Get Yours" were also nice. The rest of the album's content were mainly ballads and interludes.
Overall, this CD would be a good buy, but not for people expecting (and wanting) teenybopper pop songs.