All I Need (Christina Aguilera song)

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"All I Need"
Song by Christina Aguilera
from the album Bionic
FormatDigital download
Recorded2009
GenrePop
Length3:33
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Sia Furler
  • Samuel Dixon
Producer(s)
  • Samuel Dixon
  • Sia Furler

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"All I Need" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, from her sixth studio album Bionic (2010). The song was written by Aguilera, Sia Furler and Samuel Dixon, while production was handled by Sam Dixon. It is a piano ballad made for Aguilera's son Max Liron Bratman.

The song received positive reviews from music critics; most of whom called it "beautiful" and commented that Aguilera truly shines on it. The song charted at number 56 on the Gaon International Download Chart.

Background and writing[edit]

Australian singer and songrwiter Sia Furler is the co-writer of the song.

In 2009, while working on her new album, Aguilera enlisted Sia Furler among others as collaborators of the project.[1] Aguilera told Billboard: "I'm definitely a fan of Sia's." "I was thrilled she also wanted to work together and, in turn, was a fan of mine."[1] She assembled the album not through RCA's A&R department but by contacting her partners directly-in several cases only after her former husband Jordan Bratman convinced her they'd pick up the phone.[2]

"Going into [each of these partnerships], I said, 'I'm a really big fan of yours, and I'm interested in stepping into your world and what you do'. " 'I want to combine that with my sound, and let's see what happens.' I feel like I can do so much with my voice. I would be so bored sitting on a stool singing ballad after ballad just because I can."[2]

In an interview with Idolator's Robbie Daw, Furler revealed that they worked in 4 songs:

"There are four of them. I think they’re called 'I Am' — I called it "Lullaby" but she’s given it another name. But I think it’s called, um— [she starts singing] — oh, 'All I Need'! And it’s 'All I Need,' 'You Lost Me,' 'I Am' and something like 'Stronger.'[...] She’s pretty awesome. It was pretty crazy when she sang at me for the first time."[3]

Composition and music[edit]

"All I Need" was written by Aguilera, Sia Furler and co-written and produced by Samuel Dixon.[4] It is preceded by its intro "My Heart", which features her son being encouraged to "sing like Mommy".[5] "All I Need" is a piano ballad and lyrically is an ode to her son Max Liron Bratman.[6] According to Dan Pardalis from "411 Mania", the lyrics can be interpreted as both describing a lover and a gestating child.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Slant Magazine's Eric Henderson compared "All I Need" to Britney Spears's "My Baby".[8]

The song received favorable reviews from most music critics. Bill Lamb of About.com picked the song as one of the best from the album, calling it a "gorgeous ballad".[9] Mesfin Fekadu from The Boston Globe called it "a beautiful ode to Aguilera's 2-year-old son".[10] Kerri Mason from Billboard praised "Aguilera's gloriously restrained delivery" on the track.[11] Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly praised the track, writing that "Sia, co-writing and providing backing vocals, turns Aguilera into a smoky, almost Fiona Apple-esque torch singer on the lovely sequential ballads 'All I Need,' 'I Am,' and 'You Lost Me'."[12] Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune wrote that the song "have a tacked-on quality, as if it was afterthoughts designed to sate those Aguilera fans who would complain about all the sci-fi dance track."[13] Brad Steirn from "MuuMuse" also praised the track, writing: "It is the next level balladry we’ve come to expect to come from Sia. Here is where Christina truly shines, delivering a wealth of vulnerability and control when needed and a signature yelp when it’s time to truly unleash."[14]

Eric Henderson from Slant Magazine compared the song to Britney Spears's "My Baby" (2008), writing: "She really makes it easy when she tries to one-up the Playskool procreation balladry of Britney's 'My Baby' by actually prefacing her own musical version of mom jeans, 'All I Need,' with a few vocalizations from her toddler son Max.[8] Chris DeLine of "Culture Bully" commented that "The far-more-bearable 'All I Need' follows 'Lift Me Up', echoing a similar tone but with an odd, intangible depth to it."[15] Dan Pardalis from "411 Mania" wrote that "the lyrics seem far above the standard that Christina could produce on her own. Because of this, they come off as insincere."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Upon the release of the album, "All I Need" debuted at number 56 on the Gaon International Downloads Chart on the chart issue June 6, 2010.[16]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations
  • Recording, Vocal recording  – The Red Lips Room, Beverly Hills, California.
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler, Samuel Dixon
  • Production – Samuel Dixon
  • Acoustic guitar  – Leo Abrahams
  • Piano  – Larry Goldings
  • Drums & Percussion  – Felix Bloxsom
  • Piano, Bass Guitar, Celeste & Programming  – Samuel Dixon
  • Strings  – Oliver Kraus

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bionic, RCA Records.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Gaon International Downloads Chart[16] 56

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Christina Aguilera Going Electro On New Album?". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wood, Mikael (May 14, 2010). "Christina Aguilera: 'Bionic' Billboard Cover Story And Video". Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  3. Daw, Robbie (March 9, 2010). "Sia: The Idolator Interview". Idolator. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  4. "All I Need | Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  5. Alexis Petridis (June 3, 2010). "Christina Aguilera: Bi-On-Ic | CD review | Music". =The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  6. Wink, Richard (June 7, 2010). "Christina Aguilera – Bionic / Releases / Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Pardalis, Dan (June 9, 2010). "411mania.com: Music – Christina Aguilera – Bionic Review". 411 Mania. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Christina Aguilera: Bionic | Music Review". Slant Magazine. June 2, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  9. Lamb, Bill. "Christina Aguilera – Bionic". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  10. Fekadu, Mesfin (June 7, 2010). "Review: Aguilera has an identity crisis on new CD". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  11. Mason, Kerri (July 10, 2010). "Bionic | Billboard.biz". Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  12. Greenblatt, Leah (June 8, 2010). "Bionic (2010)". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  13. Kot, Greg (June 7, 2010). "Turn It Up: Album review: Christina Aguilera, 'Bionic'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  14. Stern, Bradley (June 7, 2012). "CHRISTINA AGUILERA: BIONIC (ALBUM REVIEW)". MuuMuse. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  15. DeLine, Chris (May 26, 2010). "Christina Aguilera "Bionic" Review". Culture Bully. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Search: Gaon International Download Chart – Issue date: June 06, 2010 – June 13, 2010" (To access the applicable chart, change "년 (Year)" to "2010" and select the week "July 06 – July 12, 2010"). Gaon Chart. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  17. Bionic (liner notes). Christina Aguilera. RCA Records. 2010.

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