Bionic is Christina Aguilera's sixth studio album that was released on June 4, 2010 by RCA Records.
Tracklisting[edit | edit source]
- Bionic 3:21
- Not Myself Tonight 3:06
- Woohoo (featuring Nicki Minaj) 5:22
- Elastic Love 3:34
- Desnudate 4:25
- Love & Glamour (Intro) 0:11
- Glam 3:40
- Prima Donna 3:26
- Morning Dessert (Intro) 1:37
- Sex For Breakfast 4:49
- Lift Me Up 4:07
- My Heart (Intro) 0:19
- All I Need 3:33
- I Am 3:52
- You Lost Me 4:17
- I Hate Boys 2:24
- My Girls (featuring Peaches) 3:08
- Vanity 4:22
Chart Performance[edit | edit source]
"Bionic" debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 110,000 copies. It was certified gold by the RIAA.
As of June 2018, the album has sold 500,000 copies in the United States.
Critical Reception[edit | edit source]
"Bionic" received generally mixed reviews from music critics.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of hundred to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 56, based on 21 reviews.
In a positive review, AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine viewed that the "robot-diva hybrids are often interesting even when they stumble".
Margaret Wappler of the Los Angeles Times said that Aguilera's "hyper-sexed lover bot" persona is the album's "most successful vein".
Pete Paphides of The Times gave the album four out of five stars and found it sounding "older and more confident" than her previous work.
Kitty Empire, writing in The Observer, found it to be "very strong, but only in parts", and said that its strength "lies in its core limb-shaking sass, even as it confuses girl-on-girl action with sisterhood."
Drew Hinshaw of The Village Voice called it "precisely produced club-pop that moves bodies, if not spirits."
Alexis Petridis, writing in The Guardian, commented that "Bionic" is an "occasionally brilliant and brave, occasionally teeth-gritting and stupid album."
The album was criticized as an attempt to take advantage of electropop's popularity and imitate the sound and image of Lady Gaga.
Slant Magazine's Eric Henderson said that it is as "efficient a pop entertainment" as was Britney Spears' album, "Circus", but felt that its attempt at hedonistic themes "feels synthetic and compulsory."
Andy Gill of The Independent said that, apart from its basic R&B balladry, the album imitates Spears' and Janet Jackson's "electro-R&B schtick" to disguise Aguilera's "lack of any original approach."
Jon Pareles, writing in The New York Times, remarked that its musical direction "makes her sound as peer-pressured as a pop singer can be."
Omar Kholeif of PopMatters said that the album is not good because of "Aguilera's overzealous penchant for excess."
Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt blamed her "penchant for stock step-class beats and an aggressive, exhausting hypersexuality."
The A.V. Club's Genevieve Koski wrote that the album sounds "muddled" because of its heavy reliance on a cadre of songwriters and producers.
Dan Martin of NME said that the occasionally "daring" tracks are marred by ordinary house licks that inhibit Aguilera's singing.
Entertainment Weekly later named "Bionic" the fifth worst album of 2010 in a year-end list. It was named by Billboard the "best mainstream pop album of the year thus far" upon its release.
Sam Lansky wrote for MTV Buzzworthy that the album was "precociously brilliant" and "how thrilling most those songs are", claiming that "the songs on the deluxe edition are forward-thinking and even timeless, galactic pop with subversive, ambient production."
Lansky noted that: "In its own way, Bionic neatly illustrates the dangers artists face when aggressively trying to keep up with 'current' music. As a result, futuristic pop tracks can already sound dated by the time they're released. And even when they don't, those chart-chasing songs don't age particularly gracefully. But two years after the fact, Bionic's moments of greatness remain about as good as it gets."
In similar vein, Mike Wass of Idolator wrote that "the album holds up better than expected, and is actually an intriguing — if somewhat disjointed and often meandering — collection of songs. Christina's assertion that she was ahead of the curve is inarguably correct."
Wass acknowledged that Aguilera "was the first mainstream artist to call on Australian singer-songwriter Sia, who has since been courted by everyone from Adam Lambert to Rihanna."