Listen to Christina Aguilera’s ‘Bound to You’ from ‘Burlesque’

Posted by · 4:03 pm · November 29th, 2010

I’ve already stated my qualified admiration for Steven Antin’s “Burlesque,” likely the only live-action musical angling for a spot in this year’s Best Original Song race. Or two spots, given that we already featured Cher’s deliriously kitsch Diane Warren power ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” a couple of weeks ago.

Today, it’s Christina Aguilera’s turn to bust her lungs with a nine-octave belter from the film that she herself co-wrote — so while we’re unlikely to be mentioning her name much in the Best Actress race, Xtina could yet add “Academy Award nominee” to her résumé.

The song is something of an anomaly in the gaudy, thrust-heavy production: a stately, classically arranged torch ballad that sounds rather like an offcut from Aguilera’s retro-styled 2006 album “Back to Basics.” (It’s more likely, however, to be an offshoot of her 2010 release “Bionic,” in which the song’s co-writers Sia Furler and Samuel Dixon had a heavy hand.)

The song, a melodramatic expression of romantic devotion, is performed live midway through the film as Aguilera’s character Ali realizes the depth of her feelings for Cam Gigandet’s beefcake bartender — though their relationship is so incidental to the film’s narrative development that the passion on display feels a little out of sync. As if realizing this, Antin takes a cue from Rob Marshall and stages the performance in heightened music-video style, slightly awkwardly spliced with stock montage shots of cute-couple frolicking.

It’s not as melodic or as rousing as the Cher number, which also had a clearer narrative context, so if you were to bet on one of the tracks making it, that would be it. But it’s a well-crafted and forcefully sung bit of pop balladry, and given the branch’s noted preference for songs performed on screen, both could well make the cut — especially if voters have as much goofy fun watching “Burlesque” as I did.

Have a listen to “Bound to You” below, and as always, keep up with the Best Original Song race as it unfolds via the category’s dedicated page here.


[Photo: Screen Gems]

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21 responses so far

  • 1 11-29-2010 at 4:23 pm

    Miguel said...

    this song is amazing! this song is gonna be nominated! i believe Oscars 2011 believe young viewers, and Xtina is gonna be a ticket.

  • 2 11-29-2010 at 4:36 pm

    matsunaga said...

    Didn’t really like it..

    Thought it was usual Aguilera song….

    I prefer Cher’s… But not this…

  • 3 11-29-2010 at 4:43 pm

    Julian Stark said...

    I actually prefer this song to “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” but both are great songs as far as I’m concerned. “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” will probably get in for Original Song because it was written by Diane Warren; I’m unsure about “Bound to You.”

  • 4 11-29-2010 at 4:54 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I actually quite like this song. I haven’t seen the film, but the song alone stands out amongst the contenders, IMHO.

  • 5 11-29-2010 at 7:04 pm

    Andrew F said...

    I find the song rather boring, but when has that stopped the music branch before? I’m betting two song nominations from “Burlesque”, with Cher winning.

    (Is anyone else as sick of all these pop stars’ use of melisma as I am? If you can’t pull it off, don’t do it — and many of them can’t. Aguilera’s voice is fantastic, but she’s her own worst enemy. To quote Emperor Joseph II: “too many notes”.)

  • 6 11-29-2010 at 8:35 pm

    Chris said...

    This is my favorite song from the film, I really hope it gets an Oscar nomination. It’s so beautiful and she sounds fantastic.

  • 7 11-29-2010 at 9:23 pm

    M said...

    I really love this song. It’s my favorite song from Burlesque and oddly enough my favorite song from all the potential songs I’ve heard up for best original song. It really works as a stand alone track as well. Great lyrics, classic instrumental, and amazing vocals.

    This song actually worked better within the context of the movie for me than Cher’s ballad. Cher’s number seemed to come a little prematurely, in my opinion. They could have held it off a little bit longer until Cher’s character Tess was really about to fall apart, instead of putting it right before that began to happen. Both are great songs though, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them both get a nomination. It doesn’t seem like there is going to be too much competition this year in the original song race.

  • 8 11-30-2010 at 12:17 am

    the other mike said...

    we must continue to celebrate Guy’s braveness.

  • 9 11-30-2010 at 2:04 am

    Glenn said...

    It’s actually a very fine song and those final minute is simply gorgeous. I prefer the Cher track, but both would make worthwhile nominees. Certainly better than garbage like “Shine”. Blegh. Although I wonder whether the branch would nominate two torch ballads. I’d love to see something like “Show Me How You Burlesque” nominated, to be honest.

  • 10 11-30-2010 at 2:10 am

    Glenn said...

    THAT final minute.

  • 11 11-30-2010 at 3:48 am

    Graysmith said...

    Why do so many original songs this year sound so generic? It’s not a terrible song, but there’s nothing to really hook me either, there’s nothing memorable about it.. And that feels like the case with most of the original song contenders I’ve heard so far. They’re mostly decent songs, but nothing so far has really stood out as something that ought to be nominated let alone win an Oscar.

  • 12 11-30-2010 at 8:50 am

    A.J said...

    Just on the contenders page “Today Was a Fairytale” from “Valentine’s Day” wasn’t written for the film. Once Swift was cast in the film she gave the songs to producers because she didn’t think it would fit on Speak Now.

    “I wrote that song last summer, and when this movie opportunity came about, I reached back into my pocket and thought, ‘I think this is perfect for the soundtrack. I hope it’s perfect for the soundtrack.'” -Taylor Swift

  • 13 11-30-2010 at 10:03 am

    Maxim said...

    I sort of have to admit that the song is actually pretty good.

  • 14 11-30-2010 at 4:43 pm

    Tom Houseman said...

    I just saw this movie today, and this song stuck out like a sore thumb. It didn’t fit in with the rest of the movie at all. Instead it just slowed down the action. I vastly preferred the more upbeat songs, like Express and But I Am a Good Girl. I also vastly preferred You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me to this one. Still, a thoroughly enjoyable movie.

  • 15 11-30-2010 at 5:32 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Still pleasantly surprised to hear that people are digging the movie (finding it fun). I went in with zero expectations. That’s the best way to enjoy it.

  • 16 12-13-2010 at 8:38 am

    RajibDavid said...

    I love you Sia & Sam! Both of you form a valuable team! This is one of Christina’s best ballads ever. She definitely shows off her voice and along with the lyrics, it will probably make you want to cry. The song is very moving and she could prove the superb vocals she added to the tune, when she performed it at Jay Leno. I can absolutely see her receiving an Oscar for this!

  • 17 12-13-2010 at 8:39 am

    Cheese said...

    The pitch and speed of the file that was uploaded isn’t correct.

  • 18 1-20-2011 at 8:32 am

    singers333 said...

    Bound to You is soooooo beautiful and powerfully sung by christina. I uploaded a video of me singing it on youtube and sooooo many others did a cover of the song as well. It is really popular and loved by all ages. Christina has an awesome voice. I love Cher’s song as well, it is powerfully sung by Cher and in the movie brought tears to my eyes. Love both!

  • 19 2-09-2011 at 6:59 am

    Ashlie Chapa said...

    To the comments at the top, this song was Amazing, “Typical Christina song”, You know what who cares, she did this song and she can sing this song, AND SHE PULLED IT OFF! GET OVER IT!!! Cher’s song was beautiful as well, put I think both if possible should get an award for amazing song and performance. Christina your amazing baby, keep doing great, I AM AND WILL ALWAYS BE A FAITHFUL FAN!!! And Cher I love you, your Amazing Still!!! GO BBURLESQUE!

  • 20 5-07-2012 at 6:47 am

    Natalie said...

    This song is sooo beautiful and i Sing it everyday…… I play it on the piano. Im very independent and not sur ehow people will respond to my voice. Should I show myself, or stay hidden in the dark? But good song <3

  • 21 1-14-2014 at 11:50 am

    serann said...

    just Watch my cover of this song and tell me what you thing about it :