It’s been 10 years since Christina Aguilera took it supersonic with the release of her sixth studio album Bionic, and to mark the occasion, she’s made bonus track “Little Dreamer” available on streaming for the first time.
On the mid-tempo electro-pop ballad, which was previously available only as a bonus track on iTunes, the pop star bids farewell to her titular dreamer over a skittering beat filled with beeps, glitches and trills. “So long, my little dreamer, I will miss your face/ We’ll always stay connected through time and space/ The journey that we shared, but now have to leave/ Will live inside of us for eternity,” she declares on the track’s churning chorus.
Released on June 4, 2010, Bionic occupies a unique space within Aguilera’s oeuvre. Featuring brashly sexual lead single “Not Myself Tonight” as well as the raunchy Nicki Minaj-assisted banger “Woohoo” and the soaring, oft-overlooked ballad “You Lost Me,” the album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 — Aguilera’s lowest entry on the chart in her career at the time.
Furthermore, Bionic was met with both mixed reviews and underwhelming sales, particularly compared to the smash successes of 2006’s Back to Basics, 2002’s Stripped and Aguilera’s 1999 self-titled debut. However, while it was quickly overshadowed by the singer’s starring turn alongside Cher in Burlesque just five short months later, Bionic has become known as something of a cult favorite LP among her most passionate fan base in the decade since its release, complete with regular calls of #JusticeForBionic on social media.
Listen to “Little Dreamer” on Spotify below.