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Great, odd and unique - September 11 2001 !
on 18 February 2004
Your experience of this DVD will largely depend on your disposition, views and memories of the attacks on September 11 2001. At the time of watching this DVD it was some two and a half years since the attacks in the US.
The performance is outstanding with musicians at the absolute top of their game. Amazingly refined but not over-produced or clinical.
It is true though that the events earlier that day are somehow captured by the intimacy of this performance although not overtly. Sting deals with it in the best way he can and the continuity of the performance despite this is testimony to his and his band's professionalism. It's kept hidden but it is definitely there. Even now, as I write this review the day after watching it, I actually feel shaken - as though the tragic events have only just taken place. To be honest, for me, it detracted from the enjoyment this DVD should have brought. Not entirely but it did. All the way through it I was wondering to myself - what was going on right then, in the US??" Not a very comfortable experience but definitely worth watching. It will, with time, become known for the power it has inadvertently acquired to re-kindle feelings of that day, like no news footage can. We have seen the graphic news reels so many times but the images, to me, are so bizarre they almost don't register.
This DVD connects you in a surprising way. Sting cannot conceal his emotions entirely despite delivering a first class performance and you really can sense shock and bewilderment. Really quite an odd DVD.
This effect may fade with time but it's the special atmosphere of this live performance on such an infamous day which is unique.
If you can put your emotions aside, it is outstandingly good.