Lift Me Up (Christina Aguilera song)
|"Lift Me Up"|
|Song by Christina Aguilera from the album Bionic|
Kung Fu Gardens
(North Hollywood, California)
The Redlips Room
(Beverly Hills, California)
|Bionic track listing|
"Lift Me Up" is a song by American singer Christina Aguilera, from her sixth studio album Bionic (2010). The song was written and produced by Linda Perry. It is an empowering piano ballad about asking for a lift, a guidance, if you are feeling down. Aguilera first premiered the song during the Hope for Haiti Now telethon that was held on January 22, 2010 and later, it was included on the charity album, Hope for Haiti Now.
The song garnered mixed reviews from music critics; some praised Aguilera's vocals and the inspirational theme, but others felt it was an obligatory, but boring ballad. The song charted on the Gaon International Download Chart, UK Singles Chart and on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.
While working on her then upcoming album Bionic, Aguilera revealed that Linda Perry, who had previously worked with her was to be included in the project. Perry have worked on a number of successful songs with Aguilera, including "Hurt," "Keeps Gettin' Better" and "Beautiful." In an interview with Billboard in October 2008 Aguilera said that the album would be mostly produced by Perry. However, only one song on the album was produced by Perry.
While commenting on the song, Aguilera talked about working with Perry, once again:
She's always on my "go-to" list, she's just an amazing artist and songwriter, we just make magic together. She and I collaborated on 'Lift Me Up', she had written the song, as well as having written 'Beautiful' years ago, took a first listen and I knew I have to interpret this song.
A 30 second sample of "Lift Me Up", a piano ballad about overcome the difficulties and get back up again.
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"Lift Me Up" was written and produced by Linda Perry. The song is a piano ballad about overcome the difficulties and get up again. In the chorus, she sings: "When you see me crashing and there's nowhere left to fall, will you life me higher?". According to Aguilera on her "track-by-track" commentary, she described it as a "light at the end of the tunnel." Aguilera further commented:
It is a beautiful song, asking for a little lift, a little guidance, a little help, if you are feeling a little down or distressed and I knew that it will be related to a lot of people.
Margaret Wappler from Los Angeles Times wrote that the song is "an 'American Idol'-ready ballad and a classic demonstration of the singer's range from tender to throaty." Mesfin Fekadu of Boston Globe wrote that "she wins you over on the Linda Perry-assisted track." Dan Martin of NME called it "serviceable and obligatory", while Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield named it "the inevitable Linda Perry snoozer." Bradley Stern of "MuuMuse" wrote a positive review, stating: "The gorgeous Linda Perry-penned ballad is the next best candidate to follow Aguilera’s already established classics, “Beautiful” and 'Hurt'." The UK website Scotsman wrote that the song is a "feeble, pedestrian, standard issue ballad." Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote that it is a "patented self-help ballad."
Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic called it a "boring inspirational song", while Allison Stewart from Washington Post named it "the obligatory but still goose-bump-raising inspirational ballad." Jon Pareles from New York Times commented that the song "tries to invoke 'Imagine' but falls short." Michael Cragg of MusicOMH agreed, writing that "Perry contribute in a typically cloying and cliché-ridden ballad." Omar Kholeif of PopMatters wrote a negative review, stating: "It's one of those shallow, vomit-inducing laments barely good enough to pass for a winning song on an American Idol finale; it’s certainly no better than a retro Aguilera B-side like 'Too Beautiful for Words' or an A-side like 'I Turn to You'." Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune questioned: "But, really, does the world need another over-emoted power ballad like the Linda Perry-written and produced 'Lift Me Up'?". Jordan Richardson from Blogcritics wrote a mixed review, stating:
"A drab Linda Perry-penned ballad, the track feels like just about every other Xtina ballad except with smaller notes. Its position is peculiar, too, as it doesn’t really work as the cool-down from the sexy mealtime number ('Sex for Breakfast')."
Upon the release of the album Hope for Haiti Now, "Lift Me Up" debuted and peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 183 in the chart issue February 6, 2010. It also debuted and peaked on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at number 25. In South Korea, the "album version" debuted at number 35 on the Gaon International Downloads Chart on the chart issue June 6, 2010.
In 2010, Aguilera performed a stripped-down performance of the song on the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon that was held on January 22, 2010. Perry accompanied Aguilera playing piano during the performance. It was also included on the album Hope for Haiti Now. Jayson Rodriguez of MTV News wrote that "The elegant singer belted out 'Lift Me Up' with vigor and a chilling vitality." Luke Crampton from Huffington Post wrote that "Aguilera had the courage to debut a new original song. Supreme balladeer, with all her success she remains an underrated singer-songwriter. Impeccable delivery, but as a stand-alone composition, not within a mile of her glorious 2006 hit, Hurt." Dave Karger from Entertainment Weekly's Pop Watch listed the 10 best numbers of the night and "Lift Me Up" was number 6. He wrote the following:
"We’ve always known Xtina was a gifted singer. But her belt-tastic performance of her new ballad “Lift Me Up” (a track from her upcoming Bionic CD) was reminiscent of Whitney Houston in her prime."
Credits and personnel
- Recording locations
- Recording – Kung Fu Gardens, North Hollywood, California
- Vocal recording – The Redlips Room, Beverly Hills, California.
- Mixing – Larrabee Studios, Burbank, California.
- Songwriting – Linda Perry
- Production – Linda Perry
- Piano, percurssion, bass, programing, guitar and keyboards – Linda Perry
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bionic, RCA Records.
|Gaon International Downloads Chart||35|
|UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)||183|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||25|
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