Liberation (RCA Records)
Featuring collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights Kanye West, Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz, the diva’s latest record breaks new barriers in both sound and message. Following a six-year absence after her last effort Lotus (which received a lukewarm reception), Xtina is back with a true vengeance — particularly on tracks like “Accelerate,” “Right Moves” and “Masochist.” While most songs here veer in more urban directions, there’s also a duet with Demi Lovato on an uplifting ballad called “Fall in Line” and is dedicated to all women who have struggled to accept themselves and find their true voices in a post-Trump world. While Liberation could benefit from a proper edit (15 tracks. Really, queen?), it’s fair to say this is the comeback we’ve all been waiting on for a very long time as the limber-voiced Aguilera has never been more fierce or confident. She’s hinted at a lengthy world tour later this year. For dates as they’re announced, join her 17 million Twitter followers @xtina.
Last modified: August 8, 2018