Christina Aguilera - Liberation
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #638 / 735
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Based on 265 ratings
2018 Ratings: #672
June 15, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Rolling Stone

On Liberation, she gets closer than ever to zeroing in on the right path for her immense skills: her eighth album is a healthy mix of hit-chasing, theatrics and soon-to-be classic power ballads that emphasize her immense skills over half-baked conceptual themes.

80
The Observer
It’s tricky to ascertain the true extent of Aguilera’s newfound freedom, but she’s giving it one hell of a go.
74
HipHopDX

Liberation — her first full album in six years — is a return to relevance in a sense, as she wisely chooses to adhere to the culture’s current lifeblood of Hip Hop/R&B spoils, thanks to assistance from the likes of Kanye West, Anderson .Paak, Dumbfoundead, among others.

70
AllMusic
Christina's growth as a writer and singer helps balance her lingering sentimental streak, a tendency that can occasionally curdle into the saccharine.
70
musicOMH

An album that keeps pace with modern pop trends while remaining true to Aguilera’s past.

67
Consequence of Sound

Aguilera’s voice is arguably at its very apex — stronger, deeper, and fuller than we remember — and Liberation is a showcase of exactly what she can do with those pipes.

67
Pitchfork

The pop survivor shows off her powerhouse voice, dabbles in try-hard slang, and takes tentative steps toward creative rebirth on her first album since 2012.

60
The Independent

Liberation is symphonic and dramatic – everything diehard Aguilera fans would want in an album. But like most Aguilera albums, there are some hits and some misses.

60
Slant Magazine

Liberation is largely freed from the bombast that has marred Christina Aguilera's past releases.

60
The Guardian

Liberation sounds like it suffered a crisis of confidence midway through, as if Aguilera was beset by doubts at her ability to pull off a whole album of modern R&B.

60
The Telegraph

Every track is polished and purposeful, but the sheer busy quality of her singing and overactive variety of the production ensures that Liberation never settles into a coherent listening experience.

60
NME
‘Liberation’ may lack the grand ambition and massive pop bangers of her glory days, but by the end, it’s hard to deny that she feels reasonably relevant and contemporary again.
58
Pretty Much Amazing

In the end ... Liberation never reaches the heights fans likely wanted from Xtina, it serves as a pleasant refresher for a voice that has earned its place in the annals of pop history.

50
FLOOD Magazine

Liberation, her latest album, resurrects Xtina’s considerable presence as a vocalist, though her attempts at navigating the modern pop landscape still verge on aimless.

BM5X5
70
Voice doesn't match some songs, but it's ok album
EdwardBlake
100
Materpiece
Polieklaar
56
Guuurrl, are you kidding?? I mean this album is so uninteresting and whatsoever in any way that I literally had to force myself to listen to the songs til the end except for like maybe 2-3. But I didn't have any high expectations to begin with, so...
Plus how can I overcome the trauma that Accelerate caused?? jk miss thing even the trauma was not that effective lol
drumsdreaming
77
After listening to the album for the fourth time, the tracks have started growing on me. Having said that, Liberation is by far Christina's most cohesive piece of work ever and possibly, her most personal as well. It's utterly interesting how every track recalls the sounds and style of Christina's songs of the past, without sounding dated at all. I think the album should get a lot more attention from both the critics and the public, because it is really worth a listen.
RandyXXX8
70
Liberation shows that Christina is not afraid to risk between genres, the songs are not alike and that's great.
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Track List

  1. Liberation
  2. Searching For Maria
  3. Maria
  4. Sick of Sittin'
  5. Dreamers
  6. Fall in Line (feat. Demi Lovato)
  7. Right Moves (feat. Keida & Shenseea)
  8. Like I Do
  9. Deserve
  10. Twice
  11. I Don't Need It Anymore (Interlude)
  12. Accelerate (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz)
  13. Pipe
  14. Masochist
  15. Unless It's With You
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