Although we here at Idolator like to joke about how laughable much of the movie musical Burlesque looks (from the poster to the scenes themselves), we know something brilliant when we hear it — the film’s ballad, “Bound To You”, co-written by Sia Furler, Samuel Dixon and the film’s ingenue-turned-flashdancer, Christina Aguilera, is a gorgeous, controlled tune, and could be the frontrunner to nab next year’s Best Original Song Oscar. Listen to it below.
The instrumentation reminds us of Aguilera’s “You Lost Me” and “Lift Me Up”, both on Bionic. We’d say this song should have joined them on Bionic, but there were already enough ballads on the overstuffed LP. (Although we can’t say we would have minded if Christina scrapped the desperate sex-minded tracks and released an album entirely made up of sweeping ballads, which is pretty much the one type of song she can nail every single time.)
Powerful, emotional and gripping, “Bound To You” is Christina at her best. We almost don’t know what a song this gutwrenchingly beautiful is doing in a movie that appears to relish in its eye-winking cheesiness.
Thoughts on Xtina’s latest Burlesque number? Will you be picking up the soundtrack?