The Bottom Line
From the opening sax tones and vocal fanfare, we know we're in for a hot, funky ride. This is an invigorating, welcome return by Christina Aguilera. She has returned from some of the bewildering shifts in style of the album Stripped to a confident strut shamelessly showing off one of the most powerful set of pipes in the music business, and it's all in praise of her husband and life partner.
Visit Christina Aguilera's official site to hear "Ain't No Other Man."
- Perhaps the only current voice to rival the power of Mariah and Whitney
- Brash, flashy horns
- Love and commitment rarely has sounded this fun
- Maybe, and it's only a maybe, the voice is a bit over the top
- Brash, flashy horns
- Upbeat, danceable 2-count beat
- Virtuoso vocal performance
- Singular praise for the joys of love and commitment
Guide Review - Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
It's always difficult to truly judge from a first single, but after a few spins of "Ain't No Other Man," it looks like Christina Aguilera could be this year's Mariah Carey. She is an accomplished, established star returning with her first album after a significant disappointment to show others in the business just how a true star struts her stuff on record and in person. Obviously, marriage has been good so far for Aguilera. This single is one of the hottest expressions of joy in a committed relationship in recent pop history. "Ain't no other man" indeed.
Producers DJ Premier of Gang Starr and Charles Roane successfully welded together big band jazz influenced horns, upbeat old school bass and Christina Aguilera's brassy vocals for a song that will kick any summer party into high gear. "Ain't No Other Man" leaked early to radio but had its official debut on the MTV Movie Awards show with a bravura live performance on June 8, 2006. Pop radio has responded enthusiastically giving the song the fastest start in airplay in the past 8 years, according to Billboard.
Look for this single to return Christina Aguilera to the top of the pop singles chart as a solo artist for the first time in 6 years. It is a strong contender for single of the summer 2006 and a great kickoff for the upcoming album Back to Basics due out in August.