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"Bobblehead" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera for the deluxe edition of her sixth studio album Bionic (2010). The song was written by Aguilera, Santi White, John Hill and Dave Taylor, while production was handled by Hill and Switch.

The song pokes fun at girls who pretend they are dumb to get male attention. On "Bobblehead", Christina raps for the first time. It received favorable reviews from music critics, who named it a "surprising fun song."

Background

In an interview for Sirius XM Radio, Aguilera revealed that she was working with different artists, such as Santigold, who also contributed to "the album's title track 'Bionic'".[1] Aguilera commented: "I think I'm most proud of this work than I've ever been, just because I worked with so many amazing and incredibly talented people. I got a chance to sort of write with Santigold, M.I.A., Lady Tron — artists that I really love."[2]

Aguilera also explained to Today host Matt Lauer in 2010, how becoming a mother served as an inspiration for Bionic's sonic adventures:

"I was completely inspired by a lot of electronica music when my son was born and we both were listening to it a lot together". "You know, having a child makes you think of the future and the next generation, and I got really inspired by electronica, which is so no-holds-barred with its sound and technology, and I wanted to really experiment with that. He definitely inspired a very playful side of me that I didn't have prior to having him. He really inspired this album... and got me really in touch with my original pop roots of a decade ago, so it's been really fun.[3]

Composition and lyrics

"Bobblehead" was written by Aguilera, Santi White, John Hill and Dave Taylor, while production was handled by Hill and Switch.[4] Lyrically, it pokes fun at girls who pretend they are dumb to get male attention.[5] The song finds Christina rapping against chunky beats[5] and its chorus consists in the lines, "When you talk all I hear is 'wah-wah-wah-wah-wah'."[6] In another part, she sings "You talkin’ out your ass like a wobblehead, you bobblehead."[6] Kitty Empire of The Observer simply described it as "a diss track."[7]

Critical reception

Pip Ellwood of "Entertainment Focus" praised the song, writing that it "is unlike anything Aguilera has recorded before."[5] Pip also praised Aguilera rapping skils, writing that "she fares much better than you’d expect her to. Some people may find the track a bit annoying but we love it."[5] Javi of EQ Music also enjoyed the track, writing that "It's a song about girls who play dumb to get guys. Xtina convincingly raps (yes, I said raps!) and does a spot-on imitation of airhead Valley Girl speak over Switch’s zany sound samples and Double Dutch meets New Orleans thump."[8]

Becky Bain of Idolator was negative towards its lyrics, writing that "The hook of this track is on a whole new level of irritating — it’s as though Christina sampled Charlie Brown’s teacher with his repetition of 'wah-wah-wah'. But there is no such thing as a 'wobblehead', and when you resort to making up words Dr. Seuss-style, it’s a pretty clear indication you’re being a lazy lyricist."[6] However, two years after "Bionic'"s release, X. Alexander of Idolator noted that "[...] certain tracks will 'forever live on,' because we still occasionally play 'Vanity' and 'Bobblehead' when we need a good chuckle at Christina’s expense."[9]


Credits and personnel

Recording locations
  • Recording: Dubsided, Los Angeles, California;
  • Vocal recording – The Redlips Room, Beverly Hills, California.
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Christina Aguilera, Santi White, John Hill, Dave Taylor,
  • Production – John Hill, Switch
  • All instruments – John Hill, Switch

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bionic, RCA Records.[10]


References

  1. "Christina Aguilera: Collaborating with M.I.A., Sia, Santigold and more on SIRIUS XM". Sirius XM Radio. June 17, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns-6lF_F1f0&feature=relmfu. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  2. Vena, Jocelyn (August 14, 2009). "Christina Aguilera Experiments With M.I.A., Santigold On Next Album". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1618798/christina-aguilera-experiments-on-next-album.jhtml. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  3. "Christina Aguilera - Interview + Bionic + Not Myself Tonight - Live on 'Today Show'". YouTube. June 7, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1DTgwBfzRU. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  4. Levine, Nick (May 16, 2010). "Aguilera reveals 'Bionic' production credits". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.com/music/news/a221899/aguilera-reveals-bionic-production-credits.html. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Ellwood, Pip (June 14, 2010). "Christina Aguilera - Bionic: Deluxe Edition". Entertainment Focus. http://www.entertainment-focus.com/music/articles/christina-aguilera-bionic-deluxe-edition. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bain, Becky (June 8, 2012). "The Top 10 Worst Lyrics On ‘Bionic’". Idolator. http://idolator.com/5529861/the-top-10-worst-lyrics-on-bionic-christina-aguilera. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  7. Empire, Kitty (June 6, 2012). "Christina Aguilera: Bionic (RCA)". The Observer. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jun/06/christina-aguilera-bionic-cd-review. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  8. Javi (June 8, 2010). "EQ Album Review - "Bionic" by Christina Aguilera". EQ Music. http://zxlcreative.blogs.com/electroqueer/2010/06/eq-album-review-bionic-by-christina-aguilera.html. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  9. Alexander, X. (September 22, 2012). "Christina Aguilera Defends ‘Bionic,’ Calls It “Ahead Of Its Time”". Idolator. http://idolator.com/6928362/christina-aguilera-defends-bionic. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  10. (liner notes). "Bionic". Christina Aguilera. RCA Records.. 2010. 


Christina Aguilera singles
Christina Aguilera
Mi Reflejo
My Kind of Christmas
Stripped
Back to Basics
Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits
Bionic
Lotus
Soundtrack singles
Promotional singles


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