Xtina - Liberation (2nd birthday listen party)

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Liberation - better than Chromatica I. Not as good as Bionic.
 

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Sorry I'm late by the way, I thought I could sneak in some quick porn after my group call
 
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Two intros , already starting off NOT STRONG
 

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Maria is a really committed exercise in creating an almost 5 minute song with not a single melody, hook or moment of any interest whatsoever. Tuneless!
 

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I got a strong deja-vu writing that post about Maria, which either means I said something similar before or my theory about time being non-linear really is correct
 

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She sounds a bit rough still on “Maria” like the remnants of Lotus are still lingering but I like the sentiment. It gets better as it goes on.
 

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Legend X: makes a hundred milli sitting on her ass for god knows how many seasons of The Voice. writes bitchy anthem about how it was holding her down. :disco:
 

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Contrary to how I remember it Sick of Sittin' does have a certain enjoyable energy almost harking back to Dangerous/HIStory-era MJ
 

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“Sick of Sittin” sounds like a Back to Basics (disc 1) meets Stripped reject. Totally uninspired on every level.
 

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“Dreamers” is useless as the song that is about to follow
 

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Fall In Line is a bit of an "almost" affair. It's almost there, but actually finds itself teetering dangerously on the corner of anthemic and screamfest.

Demi sounds good!
 

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OK - now we got the "rock" songs out the way this album can begin proper :disco: (I'll pause for a hot min to sync)
 

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Fall In Line is a bit of an "almost" affair. It's almost there, but actually finds itself teetering dangerously on the corner of anthemic and screamfest.

Demi sounds good!
I was going to say same thing. It’s definitely a showcase for Demi but very unexciting by both their standards. They should have collaborated on “I Love Me” - that would have been fitting.
 

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“Right Moves” sounding very out of place with what preceded it. But finally something different. Her Rock Steady moment.
 

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Right Moves is fucking impeccable honestly. Genuinely quite a sexy song and both guest verses are killer. EXCELLENT adlibs, DELICIOUS island vibe :disco: who'd have thought she'd sound so natural on something like this?
 

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“Like I Do” is exquisite. Her confidence oozes throughout and finally suits the song/mood. This song reminds me of the day I quit my last job- It leaked that day and I listened to it at least two dozen times while walking the streets of Boston :disco:
 

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Like I Do is fucking stellar - probably my standout track on this record. The production is fresh as fuck, that flute gives me life.

Sidenote - I'm glad she did not cave to the sub-3 minute optimised for Spotty Fry TREND with this album. Maximalist opuses are the name of Xtina's game. :disco:
 

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“Deserve” is the slept on grower of the album for me. The calypso verses against the percolating synths are divine.
 

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The verses of Deserve are indeed very delicate, understated and quite beautiful. This album begins to hit a solid stride in its middle section.
 

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Her voice is very busted. But with the right songs she sounds really good. In "Twice", the paino compliments her softer vocals so well.
 

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I find the verses in "Deserve" just too lightweight. The chorus is the only thing I enjoy.
 

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Her voice is very busted. But with the right songs she sounds really good.
What a load of crap :D have you seen any of her live performances in the last two years? Her voice has never been in better shape.

I was quite agog at how good she sounded on the X tour last year.
 

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“Twice” is pretty drab but not horrible.

this album is more inconsistent than I remember!
 

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