In the late '90s, during the boom of teen pop, Christina Aguilera was usually singled out by critics as the one with the potential to transcend the genre. Unlike her other picture-perfect bubblegum peers (namely Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore and especially Britney Spears), she possessed "real talent": a powerful, if slightly affected, singing style that evoked, at times, vintage Whitney Houston.
In the eight years since the release of Aguilera's monstrous, self-titled debut, which sold 12 million copies and spawned the ubiquitous smashes "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants," the artist has become something of a pop chameleon.
If you go Christina Aguilera performs at 7:30 tonight at 1st Mariner Arena. Tickets are $51.50-$87. Call 410-347-2020 or go to baltimorearena.com.