So here we are now with an 18-second clip of the Polow Da Don-produced “Not Myself Tonight” on our hands. It’s a brief but telling glimpse into the electro dance-pop swagger Xtina is said to be aiming for with the new album. Listen below and see if you dig Xtina’s electro vibe.
Now, granted, it’s tough to judge a song on a clip this short. But here’s hoping that when “Not Myself Tonight” is revealed in full on Tuesday (March 30), it doesn’t portray Christina as artist hopping onto the current dance-pop trend just because that’s what’s filling the charts right now.
This wasn’t the type of music Aguilera started out with, and when singers hop on bandwagons, it not only rings false (Jessica Simpson’s country album, anyone?), but puts a blemish on their career. It also makes for songs that don’t stand the test of time. After all, how often do you hear Madonna’s hip hop jam “Human Nature” or Janet Jackson’s metal-tinged “Black Cat” popping up on the radio as opposed to, say, “Take A Bow” or “Escapade”?
We shall see. In the meantime, here’s Christina’s “Keeps Gettin’ Better” from 2008, a song she took some criticism over for its similarities to Goldfrapp’s “Ooh La La”: