Which Christina Aguilera do you prefer: dirrty or nice?

145842__christina_lChristina Aguilera may not have a title or a release date for her new album (due some time this summer), but as she hinted to EW back in January, she’s finding inspiration in the music of jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Pearl Bailey, as well as in modern, gritty pop music. The ”Beautiful” singer confirmed this direction in a recent interview with Billboard, noting, "Some of the songs are kept authentic, sticking to a really raw, old-soul sound, where others combine elements of old blues, jazz and soul with a hard modern-day edge."

Now I’m not saying Xtina shouldn’t explore all her artistic passions, but I also think it’s fair to ask: Which version do you prefer? The well-coiffed, sophisticated lady who recently collaborated with Herbie Hancock or the chaps-sportin’ tartlet who glared her way through the ”Dirrty” video alongside freaky plushies and Redman? I enjoy both varieties, but I’m gonna have to cast my vote for the latter. (C’mon now, how can you deny a song that helped Drew Lachey score his Dancing With the Stars trophy?)

What do you think, PopWatchers?

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  • Todd

    I’m going to have to go with the former, largely because she can only go so far with that slutty image. She doesn’t want to become another Britney Spears, so I’m all for any changes that could be for the better. Look at Mandy Moore. When she was a pop singer (back in her “Candy” days), she was just the third Britney rip off. Now I’m a big fan of her acting career (another person who benefited from the brilliant “Saved!”). You can only be teen pop for so long. No one’s buying that crap, so I applaud her change. I mean, I still probably won’t buy it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t applaud the effort.

  • Terry

    I am all for the likes of Christina Aguilera, who actually has pipes, opening up a whole new generation of music listeners to the classics of the Jazz songbook. Hopefully she won’t butcher them as Rod Stewart did in his inexplicably best selling shlock renditions of the Great American Songbook. The fact that she teamed up with the likes of Herbie Hancock – for the rendition of A Song For You – allows me to believe that she will be respectful of the spirit and the artistry of the artists that she will choose to cover. And so, to the other question, you have the answer: which one of the former mouseketeers will have a career that stands the test of time? The one that covers Pearl Bailey, or the one who finds inspiration in the Bobby Brown vast repertoire?

  • Roxanne

    How about silent.

  • K.I

    Neither. She spend too much time worry about her hair color and style, her music is not so interesting anymore.

  • Ned

    I like both, depends on my mood I guess. I really liked the black hair she was sporting awhile back, but she’s hot no matter what.

  • Hans

    Dirrty all the way. She was fearless, somewhat shocking, and seemed to behaving fun. but, really, as long as the music is good, either would do for me.

  • blah

    While I respect where she’s going, and trying to be a “real musician”, and not just a pop star, I like her pop music. It’s good! If her new music is as good as dirrty, then I’ll vote for the new xtina.

  • Thad

    I don’t really care, just give us some new tunes. Its been way too long. I loved her last cd and its time for a new cd. I hate to wait for years for a cd that ends up having 8-9 tracks. No matter what it is, it is a let down (are you listening Michael?)

  • Ryan

    I dont get what you people want out of artists. If they do the same old thing you berate them for that and if they try to change it up you persecute them as well. Artists are humans and our interests change as we grow, I dont listen to the same stuff I did when Xtina came out and Im sure she doesnt either. Get over it. Let her do her thing you haters.

  • Nicole

    If she can pull of songs with the power and ferocity of “Beautiful” and “Fighter” again I’m all for whatever she has coming my way.

  • brandonk

    I liked her last CD, but I think I prefer classy Chrissy better. I’m intrigued by her new direction.

  • mgf

    i like the combo, i think the combo is good for her, dirrty but soulfood. Because we all know she can sing, she doesnt have to prove this, she can just sing whatever she freakin wants! I do however prefer the dirrty side.

  • mari

    I LOVE CHRISTINA AGUILERA. SHE HAS A VOICE AND HER MUSIC IS GREAT. I LOVE THE SONG “A SONG FOR YOU”. SOUL MUSIC IS HERE TO STAY. I BELIEVE SHE WILL DO A GOOD JOB ON HER NEW ALBUM

  • Sean M

    I like the fact that she keeps changing her music style so people won’t get bored of her music. I’m sure her new album will be as good as her last 2 albums!

  • Kyle

    It’s hard to say. I loved all the controversy with “Dirrty” and everything, but I like how she keeps re-inventing herself with each album…it’s very refreshing. So, I like both.

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