This is a picture about Aguilera’s performing in her Back to Basics Tour in 2006. She finished a perfect pose and leaves us in the debate of her vocal ability, as well as the white latex leggings.
Aguilera has the vocal range of a soprano and has been referred to as the “voice of her generation” and a blue eyed soul singer. Aguilera also topped COVE’s list of the 100 Best Pop Vocalists with a score of 50/50 and came fifth in MTV’s 22 Greatest Voices in Music.
Her rendition of “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” at the 49th Grammy Awards ranked third in the Grammy’s Greatest Moments List behind Celine Dion’s performance of “My Heart Will Go On” and Green Day’s performance of “American Idiot”.
In an interview, Dion described Aguilera as “probably the best vocalist in the world.” Rolling Stone ranked Aguilera at 58 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, the youngest singer on the list.
Los Angeles Times writer Margaret Wappler adds Aguilera can deliver “a well-executed legato.”
However, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky said: “She has no breath support and often sings out of tune. People say she can cover four octaves, but it’s not true because below A3, the low notes are forced, unsupported, her belting voice is throaty and forced, for her highest notes she doesn’t use head voice but falsetto or whistle register, they are disconnected registers.”
“So, she can only hit good notes from A3 to B4. Her melismas are always show-off; they are almost never connected with the rhythm and the structure of the songs.”
Although praised for her vocals, Aguilera has been labeled for oversinging in her songs and concerts. Longtime producer and writer, Linda Perry, commented on working on the record, “Beautiful”, saying, “I tried to keep it straight. I told her to get rid of the finger waves. Every time she’d start going into “hoo-ha”, I’d stop the tape. I’m like, ‘You’re doing it again.’”
Perry ended up using the first take saying, “She had a hard time accepting that as the final track. It’s not a perfect vocal – it’s very raw. She knows her voice really well, and she knows what’s going on. She can hear things that nobody else would catch.”
In fact, what we concern should not be her vocal ability, but those heart-moving singles, which is really the practical thing.