on 20 November 2004
I have been dying to get this on DVD for roughly a year now and it's been virtually impossible to get. Amazon said for MONTHS that it was "temporarily unavailable", and every other USA website I tried wouldn't deliver to the UK. And I got royally conned on Ebay, but I'd only just started using it at the time. It's unbelieveable that a concert in the UK is STILL not available over here on DVD, but is in America! When I finally realised Amazon had it, it was ordered straight away, and arrived within a couple of days. And all I can say about this concert & DVD is - WOW!
I'll let Christina off with the fact that she died her hair black a couple of months after I did, but she is one of my idols! I like Britney too, but Christina is a much better live performer, and (hopefully) isn't ruining her voice unlike Britters by smoking. She gives a great performance!
Most of the songs performed are from her fantastic Stripped album, but there are three songs from her debut album. Genie In A Bottle is given a rockier twist, but to be honest, it's given the feel that Christina doesn't like the song, as she only sings a verse & a chorus at the most. Come On Over is sung accoustically, which sounds even better than the original, and What A Girl Wants, albeit short too, is made funkier.
In all, there are 16 or 17 tracks on it, including some cool video sequences of Stripped Intro Part 1, Loving Me 4 Me & Stripped Intro Part 2. The rest of the tracks are: Dirrty (which DOESN'T feature Redman, despite what the tracklisting says), Get Mine Get Yours, The Voice Within, Genie In A Bottle, Can't Hold Us Down (DOESN'T feature Lil' Kim), Contigo En La Distancia/Falsas Esperanzas, Infatuation (one of my favourites), Come On Over, Cruz, Impossible, At Last, Lady Marmalade, Walk Away, Fighter, What A Girl Wants & Beautiful. At Last was a song originally done by Etta James, one of Christina's favourite singers, and who I'd never heard of, until I realised it was the singer of "I Just Wanna Make Love To You" from the Diet Coke adverts years ago. Lady Marmalade & Walk Away are also the slightly raunchier songs, and have to be seen to be believed!
(Incase anyone was curious, Contigo En La Distancia/Falsas Esperanzas, translated roughly, means With you In The Distance/False Hopes)
There was a lot in the press a couple of days after this concert, criticising her fashion sense. Frankly, although the Dirrty outfit was slightly dodgy, the rest of the outfits were fantastic. I loved all the outfits, especially the long black coat she wore during The Voice Within. And any girl who is wearing too tight outfits, or outfits that are not meant for sitting down in are going to show up bulges. Thank God Christina has more confidence about her body, cos the way the press were going, they could have given her a complex.
The only criticisms I can make about this DVD (or the concert for that matter) is the fact that sometimes the mix of vocals, instruments, and backing track doesn't sound right, and particularly the over zealous production doesn't let Christina shine enough. I noticed it most during the more upbeat tracks, particularly Dirrty.
This DVD does actually have extras, which I haven't watched yet, but will do. These include: exclusive interview with Christina about her album Stripped, the Stripped tour, and her life & causes outside of music; an introduction to the supporting cast: meet the musicians, dancers, stylists, and choreographers who help Christina put on her dazzling show every night; Gilbert's Bus Tour - take a tour of Christina's tour bus with backup dancer Gilberto Saldivar; One Night In Milano - Christina meets up with Doantella Versace in Milan, the fashion capital of the world and RSVP - Christina answers questions directly from her fans.
This DVD is best played loud as possible to actually feel like you're there. I don't have that great a sound system, unlike some, but when the crowd roars, my chair was practically shaking. I dread to think what it would sound like with a sub woofer, and all the rest of that stuff!
This you HAVE to get. Believe me, it's well worth it, as Christina beats any of her other peers/contemporaries hands down.