We’re not quite sure what to make of Christina Aguilera‘s cover artwork for her upcoming new studio album Lotus. On one hand, her hair, makeup and body are bangin’, albeit highly airbrushed. On the other hand, she’s channeling circa-2002 Stripped-era Xtina with the nude-cover-shot-with-hair-covering-breasts angle, emerging seductively from a pale pink lotus flower like some pastel parody of the Birth of Venus. And it’s hard not to ignore the fact that there’s a subtle glow effect obfuscating her lower half, which gives the disconcerting effect that her, um, Xtina is literally radiating heavenly light.
Maybe the album art is serving Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment kitsch-glam visual hyperbole, but if this is meant to be satirical, it’s not clear enough. Oh, Christina. You charm us with the tongue-in-cheek, campy “Your Body” video, and then confuse us with the doggedly self-serious Lotus visual campaign. At least your weave looks good.