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Lotus is Christina Aguilera's seventh studio album that was released on November 9, 2012 by RCA Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Lotus Intro 3:18
  2. Army Of Me 3:27
  3. Red Hot Kinda Love (featuring Cee Lo Green) 3:06
  4. Make The World Move 3:00
  5. Your Body 4:00
  6. Let There Be Love 3:22
  7. Sing For Me 4:01
  8. Blank Page 4:06
  9. Cease Fire 4:08
  10. Around The World 3:25
  11. Circles 3:26
  12. Best Of Me 4:08
  13. Just A Fool (with Blake Shelton) 4:16
  14. Light Up The Sky 3:32
  15. Empty Words 3:48
  16. Shut Up 2:54
  17. Your Body (Martin Garrix Remix) 5:12

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Lotus" debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 73,408 units. As of May 2018, it has sold over 300,000 copies in the United States and has also been certified gold by the RIAA for selling 500,000 units.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Lotus" received generally mixed reviews from music critics.

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 56, based on 12 reviews.

Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe called it "a good start in the effort to refocus attention on Aguilera's skills", but observed "several tracks that sound mindlessly repetitive as sedentary listening experiences".

Q called the album "generic" and felt that "nothing really stands out."

Annie Zaleski of The A.V. Club felt that the album "often plays it safe" and accused Aguilera of "dumbing down her voice or lyrics for the sake of lightweight tunes or prevailing trends."

Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly found the album's "self-empowerment anthems ... as contradictory as they are unoriginal" and criticized its production for "digitally smother[ing]" Aguilera's vocals and "draining all the emotion".

Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani asserted that because it is "Aguilera's shortest album since her debut, it boasts less filler, but also fewer obvious standouts."

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times felt that the album's conventional direction is "its biggest crime, more than its musical unadventurousness or its emphasis on bland self-help lyrics or its reluctance to lean on [...] Aguilera's voice, the thing that makes her special".

Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone dismissed it as a "vitriol-tsunami of a record."

In a positive review, AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that Aguilera "feels comfortable in this familiar, slightly freshened territory".

Simon Price of The Independent felt that the album's "best moments are its electro-pop numbers".

Kitty Empire of The Observer characterized its subject matter as "wiffle of the highest order", but wrote that "one of the pleasures of Aguilera is that she can use polysyllables, even when talking the rot that fills women's mags".

Although she criticized the album's "upbeat pop anthems", Melody Lau of Exclaim! found Aguilera to be "reinvigorated" and felt that she "shines most when she's direct, honest and vulnerable".

Celina Murphy of Hot Press felt that the album's "safer" direction and Aguilera's "default mode" makes it an improvement from "Bionic."

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