The one and only Christina Aguilera is officially back after an extremely long hiatus. What seemed like more than just 6 long years after dropping Lotus, the vocal powerhouse has returned with her new single along with a music video titled “Accelerate” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. The song was co-produced by none other than Kanye West, as well as Che Pope and Mike Dean.

The song itself has a deconstructed drum-heavy beat which sounds to be very inspired by one of the producers Kanye. We appreciate when artists’ take risks by experimenting with different music styles and switch up their sound, but only if it’s done correctly. This song was anything but what we expected. The genre may have changed for the beginning of this new era, but in reality it’s another song about sex which isn’t new when you look back into Xtina’s discography. Her most “successful” song from her last album was about the same subject. The features in this song did not do it much justice either. We had Ty Dolla $ign attempting to sing which may didn’t even fight the song style, and a lackluster rap verse from 2 Chainz. In addition, this song also didn’t push Christina’s vocal abilities like she did when we watched her sing Carpool Karaoke with James Gordon.

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It would’ve been an interesting duet, if only the person she were singing it with new how to sing professionally. It was a back and forth where she sang one part and he finished the other but basically saying the oposite, for example in the first verse, when she said, “New York, Worldwide” Ty said, “L.A., Worldwide” and if there wouldn’t technically be an oposite of something, we would just repeat or say “yeah” just to fill a void and not forget he was featured.

It might grow on people after a few listens, and we still have the rest of her album, which she executive produced, to look forward to. Aguilera has announced that her sixth studio album ‘Liberation’ will be released on June 15th. Let us know in the comments what you think!

(4 / 10)