The Max Martin production revels in downcast depravity
With her brand new single, "Your Body," Christina Aguilera becomes the next major artist to appropriate the downcast depravity of Drake's R&B vision. It's mostly in the sound — a mellow thrust that hits muted transcendence for the chorus before dipping back down into that bummer bump — but her delivery of the hypersexual lyrics suggests a certain desperation.
When she says, "Hey boy! / So don’t even tell me your name / All I need to know is whose place / And let’s get walking," we know what she really means is: "The economy is in the tank, congress can't agree on anything, war and natural disasters consume us ... so, what else can we do but make love?"
The song hails from Aguilera's November 13 Lotus album and was produced and written by Swedish hit-makers Max Martin and Shellback. So there goes our hope that it was inspired by Los Angeles beat auteur Flying Lotus.
On Air with Ryan Seacrest debuted "Your Body," and shared some intel from the artist formerly known as Xtina: "This album is about self-expression and freedom. There is a lot I have gone through personally over the past few years and this record represents a rebirth for me. The record is about freedom and getting back to the root of who I am and what I love to do."
We'd labor over an ending to this introduction to "Your Body," but it turns out Aguilera's got it covered: "If you don’t know where to go/ I’ll finish off on my own."