Christina Aguilera lays it all out there in her new ballad “Blank Page,” lamenting in an emotion-racked vocal delivery that she’s “been no saint” but isn’t quite sure of how to say sorry.
“I was scared, I was unprepared, for the things you say,” she sings in the song, off upcoming album “Lotus.” “If I could undo, that I hurt you, I would do anything for us to make it through. Draw me a smile and save me tonight. I am a blank page waiting for you to bring me to life.”
Accompanied only by a piano, Aguilera digs deep in her performance but never crosses into showy terrain; it’s a subtle bit of wizardry from the “Voice” judge, who spoke to Billboard about the song a week ago.
“[It’s] a beautiful, vulnerable, amazing ballad that reminds me of the emotional vulnerability yet empowerment feeling that you get from listening to say a ‘Beautiful’ from previous records,” she told editorial director Bill Werde (@ bwerde).
One of the more effective moments in the ballad comes when Aguilera lowers her booming voice to a delicate almost-whisper, proposing to her victim: “Let our hearts stop and beat as one together; Let out hearts stop and beat as one forever.”
The singer leaked the song herself on Saturday (Nov. 3) on Twitter. Aguilera is revving up to focus on “Lotus,” which hits stores and digital on Nov. 13.
“I wrote and recorded a lot on this record that was made to hopefully inspire the next generation of vocalists,” she said. “My experience as a coach on ‘The Voice’ has really helped me dig deeper to find new inspiration because I almost feel like it’s my responsibility to uphold a certain vocal standard.”