Crisis Control: Christina Aguilera (Pg. 6)

2. Be Yourself

Much of the hype surrounding Bionic offered the standard this is my bravest album yet narrative that has become as predictable as rock star drug overdoses. Yes, Aguilera should be lauded for working with the freak-flag waving likes of Peaches, Le Tigre, and M.I.A., but not at the expense of her own sizable vocal talents. “Bionic really is the embodiment of Clone-Tina,” jabs Perez. “I’ve given her that nickname because she’s clearly copying the people she’s working with along with Gaga and Madonna. She didn’t bring enough of herself to this project to make it authentic. I am a huge fan of Christina. I want her to give us more of who she is.”

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