This Day In Music - 19th September
September 19, 2012 @ 10:00 am
1999, Christina Aguilera was at No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled debut album.
Christina Aguilera is the self-titled debut studio album by American recording artist Christina Aguilera released on August 24, 1999 in the United States by RCA Records. The album became a worldwide commercial success peaking at number 1 in the US and Canada, making Aguilera a worldwide star with her breakthrough hit single "Genie in a Bottle", as well as the later singles "What a Girl Wants", "I Turn to You", and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)".
"Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" all reached number 1 in the US. It also featured the song she recorded a year earlier for the Mulan soundtrack, "Reflection". Billboard ranked Christina Aguilera at number 23 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade. To promote the album, Aguilera embarked her first tour Christina Aguilera: In Concert, which ran from May to February with 81 dates.
In 1998, Aguilera sent in a demo of her singing Whitney Houston's "Run to You" to Disney who were looking for a singer to record the song "Reflection" for their animated feature film Mulan (1998).The demo caught the attention of producer and label executive Ron Fair who would later mentor her throughout her career and led to Aguilera earning a contract with RCA Records the same week. After being signed, Aguilera and her label started working on her debut album.
The album's lyrics focused primarily on youthful themes, such as love, parties, and joy. Christina Aguilera is foremost a pop and R&B album. The self-entitled album also consisted of Latin inspired tracks, such as the number one hit "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)", in which Aguilera showed off her Ecuadorian roots. "Obvious", the final track on the album, was one of the original demo tracks that was sent to Ron Fair before Aguilera was signed with her record label, RCA.
Aguilera's vocal range on this album is 3 octaves and 2 notes. She sings C3 in "We're Miracle" as the lowest note. Highest note is F5 in "I Turn To You" in full voice. Highest falsetto note is C6 in "Somebody's Somebody" and there is E6 whistle in "What A Girl Wants".
Christina Aguilera received mixed reviews. Allmusic gave it 4 out of 5 stars, saying " The songwriting is strong — the ballads are engaging, the dance numbers are catchy — the production is clean and uncluttered, letting Aguilera's voice take the foreground. Most impressively, she not only has charisma, she can actually sing, bringing conviction to these love and heartbreak songs." Beth Johnson of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B-, saying "A frustratingly erratic album -- She's Tiffany! She's Whitney! -- Christina still makes a credible bid to be the late-summer soundtrack to romantic rebound." Amazon, based on reviews, gave Christina Aguilera a 4.5 out of 5.
A review by Rolling Stone said: "Is there room on the pop charts for one more ex-Mouseketeer? When the results are as sophisticatedly saucy as Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle," pedigree isn't even an issue. A midtempo argument for soulful affection weaves rolling hip-hop rhythms, hypnotic keyboard countermelodies and sensually sensible poetry into a deftly underplayed performance from an eighteen-year-old bombshell whose greatest assets are her powerhouse pipes. Too bad the rest of this ingenue's debut skimps on the single's ingenuity. Anxious to establish Aguilera as heir to Mariah's diva throne, the usual producer-songwriter suspects (Diane Warren, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers) clone Monica-Brandy-R. Kelly tunes too closely — "So Emotional" even cribs a Whitney title. Bubble-brained lyrics give Aguilera little substance to spin into gold, so her copious vocal curves and trills sound secondhand. Pop's next It Girl deserves to be outfitted in something more flattering than the empress's old clothes."
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