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The dilemma Christina Aguilera will have to deal with in the early years of her career will be the constant comparisons to teeny-bop acts like Britney Spears and NSync. What a shame, because this girl is already miles ahead and can sing with the best of them! She has sung with blues legend B.B. King and will soon duet with Etta James, which shows her maturity! If you checked out her live rendition of "At Last" on VH1's "Men Strike Back", you know what I mean.
Her debut CD shows us a glimmer of the potential superstar that she is already becoming. Forget "Genie In A Bottle" and "What A Girl Wants" and jump directly to "Love For All Seasons", "Blessed" and "Obvious". These songs show her more mature side, while the more popluar songs were put on there for the younger crowd (flocking to the record stores!). "So Emotional" and "Somebody's Somebody" are also great uptempo tracks that will probably go unnoticed.
It must be difficult for an artist as talented as Aguilera to debut, as you must balance the importance of the audience you are needing to target in order to sell albums while still be true to your own talent and capabilities. I think Christina and her label did the best they could to balance the two, but it is obvious that she is far better than this album depicts. Its understandable that her debut CD was littered with some bubblegum ditties to attract a younger audience, but watch her grow on her next album. That will be the true sign of the artist that she will be.