Christina Aguilera is back! Aguilera, a judge on NBC's The Voice, has returned to the music scene with her fifth studio album (not counting the Spanish-language Mi Reflejo or the holiday album My Kind of Christmas), Lotus. The album gets off to a sexy start with "Lotus Intro." The easygoing beat complements Aguilera's softer side with lyics like, “I look at my reflection and embrace the woman I’ve become/The unbreakable lotus in me/I now set free." She hints at the kind of themes, self-love and empowerment, that her fans expected from this album.
Aguilera transitions into the album's first proper song, "Army Of Me." She seems to be defending herself, preparing to battle the haters in her life. She has come under scrutiny over her weight in recent months and could be talking to those who have criticized her the most. The song comes off like an anthem for taking on the world. "Make the World Move," with fellow Voice judge CeeLo Green, is another empowering song. It's upbeat and not too serious, with Aguilera singing, "Turn up the love/Turn down the hate." In "Circles" she affects a Jamaican accent for a reggae-type sound with an edge. She trash talks a hater in her life. This is a big theme with the album so far. Aguilera is angry and wants to rally support for the underdog.
Aguilera is ready to move on and wants to talk about sexy love. "Red Hot Kinda Love" is a feel good song with a jumpy beat. "Your Body," the album's first single, reminds us that she can sing. It's a fun club song. If it makes it to the airwaves, "Let There Be Love" could be a hit. It shows off her strong vocal ability and it's a good song to dance to with its sexy nature and pop beat. Aguilera gets aggressive for "Cease Fire," as she returns to her fighting stance. The beat is a little harder and more severe compared to the other tracks.