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  • Summary: The first full-length for the pop singer since 2012's Lotus features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, GoldLink, Keida, Demi Lovato, Shenseea, Ty Dolla $ign, and XNDA.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    Aguilera lets her talent fly as high as her freak flag, solving pop’s current obsession with box-ticking by nudging their lines into shapes more her liking.
  2. Jun 15, 2018
    80
    Her eighth album is a healthy mix of hit-chasing, theatrics and soon-to-be classic power ballads that emphasize her immense skills over half-baked conceptual themes.
  3. Jun 18, 2018
    74
    It’s a well-calculated offering from a living legend whose abilities are still very much intact.
  4. Jun 13, 2018
    70
    Even at its busiest, though, the music emphasizes Aguilera’s powerful voice, which more than anything is what separates her from the younger stars whose popularity has eclipsed hers in recent years. She runs through the full gamut of moods, from flirty to depressed to joyful to furious--each a response, or so we’ve been trained to think, to some real-life situation.
  5. Jun 20, 2018
    67
    These ["Maria," "Sick of Sittin’" and "Fall in Line"] are sturdy moments on an album that feels less like an end in itself than a promising first step toward a genuine pop rebirth—moments that are strong enough to inspire hope for Aguilera’s own The Velvet Rope or, at least, My Love Is Your Love. She has certainly still got the range.
  6. Jun 18, 2018
    60
    Every track is polished and purposeful, but the sheer busy quality of her singing and overactive variety of the production ensures that Liberation never settles into a coherent listening experience.
  7. 58
    Liberation never reaches the heights fans likely wanted from Xtina, it serves as a pleasant refresher for a voice that has earned its place in the annals of pop history. That said, it’s a bit sad to feel like her finest moments are, at least for now, also in her past.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 569
  1. Jul 3, 2018
    10
    The best album of 2018! No words can express how this album is such a masterpiece! congrats xtina!
  2. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    Probably the best album by Aguilera in 10 years. She keeps her reign with Liberation!
  3. Jun 15, 2018
    10
    xtina release a masterpiece.
    best songs: maria, sick of sittin', right moves, pipe, masochist and unless it's with you
    worst track: any
  4. Jul 1, 2018
    10
    The production values are top-shelf and the result is fun, amazing and cohesive album. Must Heard tracks: Deserve, Pipe, Unless It's With You,The production values are top-shelf and the result is fun, amazing and cohesive album. Must Heard tracks: Deserve, Pipe, Unless It's With You, Twice and Maria. Expand
  5. Guh
    Jun 16, 2018
    10
    Masterpiece. Another amazing project by Christina Aguilera. Strong, vulnerable and beautiful album. Maria = anthem!
  6. Jun 18, 2018
    10
    gritty and raw talent! christina "maria" aguilera delivers what she's been aiming for and more. worth the wait! no fillers, all the songs aregritty and raw talent! christina "maria" aguilera delivers what she's been aiming for and more. worth the wait! no fillers, all the songs are standout on its own right. the album is very diverse and yet cohesive, she goes hard at the same time goes soft, she's so powerful at the same time vulnerable. she's plays nice but naughty all at once. only xtina can pass the duality at its finest! welcome back MARIA! you deserve all the success in life and this record needs to be heard by many people. so much respect! hands down the best album she put out. Expand
  7. Jun 21, 2018
    0
    I'm sorry Christina but...this is a no from me. Her previous album was better, at least in my opinion.

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