But Stripped's scattershot feel contradicts Aguilera's pleas for intimacy. From Pinkesque rockers to Rockwilder-produced club bangers to Glen Ballard-penned power ballads, Stripped feels more like Aguilera's attempt at hitting a demographic -- any demographic -- than at revealing any larger truths about herself. Sure, the disc does have encouraging moments: "Walk Away" is an equally broken and beatific torch song, and "Make Over" is a symphonic, Sheryl Crow-like scorcher. Cuts such as these give promise to Stripped, but the disc's overlong, cover-all-bases nature ensures that, in the end, the main thing Aguilera reveals is her flesh.
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