Single Review: Christina Aguilera – Accelerate (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz)

Christina Aguilera returns with sexy hip-hop pop hybrid
it feels like a lifetime ago that Christina Aguilera released her last album. Lotus came out in 2012 and we have not heard much from her ever since. There was the fantastic disco tune ‘Telepathy’ for the soundtrack of series The Get Down and ‘Change‘, the song she released for the victims of the shooting in the gay bar in Orlando in 2016. Now it time for her proper comeback! She appeared in James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke recently and now her new single ‘Accelerate’ is out!

My first thought after listening to the song was: for a comeback after six years it could have done with a little more… Christina Aguilera! ‘Accelerate’ is a pop and hip-hop hybrid with dominant features from rappers 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign and while it is not necessarily a bad song, it would be more suitable as 4th single release after properly kicking of your new era. We do get to hear a decent hook in the chorus, but there is something messy about the production and especially how the vocals of the three involved artists are layered. The sexual metaphors in the lyrics we all heard before and they are underlined by the eye-catching and sometimes explicit visuals in the music video. I hate to say it but by the time ‘Accelerate’ finishes, I am left here with my hunger. Hopefully her upcoming album Liberation, out on June 15th, will give us more Aguilera!

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