Christina Aguilera’s ‘Bionic’ Album Turns 5: Stan & Deliver
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9. “Lift Me Up”
While “Lift Me Up” was never released as a single, it is still a personal favourite of throughout all of Christina’s discography. Most fans prefer the live version of the song, which the diva sang for Hope For Haiti before the albums release, but for me, I feel as if the studio version has something the live version lacks. I feel like I can to relate to it more as a person.
Written and produced by long-time collaborator Linda Perry, I knew instantly that “Lift Me Up” would become one of my favourite Xtina songs as Linda always brings out the best in her. This empowering power ballad is about asking for guidance or help when you’re feeling down, and because of this, it remains one of the Xtina songs that people can most relate to. Everybody feels that way once in a while, but most remain stubborn and refuse to ask for help. In this song, she tells us that it’s OK to ask for a little help once in a while. Xtina herself described the song as the “Light at the end of the tunnel,” which it is for me. Whenever I feel down, or in despair, “Lift Me Up” is my go-to song to bring me back up again.
It may not be as punchy and upbeat as the rest of Bionic, but that’s the point; it has a deeper meaning to it. What’s impressive about “Lift Me Up” is the way the lyrics are delivered. This song is part of a category where Xtina holds it back, and refrains from riffs and runs. This helps to give the songs a laid back feel, and essentially make it Stripped. The part of the song where she begins to do the “AAHS” showcases her majestic vocal ability even more, as it shows that she can go from throaty to tender perfectly, providing further proof that she is The Voice Of Our Generation.
“Lift Me Up” is my favourite non-single Christina Aguilera song, and it deserves all the acclaim and praise in the world.