Here’s a review of the Britney Spears gig at the Odyssey that ran in the Big List a while ago.It was definitely an experience…
Britney Spears at the Odyssey, Belfast.
Tonight, in front of a three quarters full Odyssey Arena, wilting pop star Britney Spears arrives out onstage backed by a handful of dancers, a few big screens and, um, that’s about it really. Admittedly around half the crowd (who are all clad in rather fetching “It’s Britney, Bitch!” t-shirts) don’t seem too bothered that there is no live band-and perhaps more importantly-no live vocals, but the rest of us are left feeling a little bit let down by the whole affair, if we’re being honest.
Looking like the last decade has completely passed her by, everyone’s second favourite former slap-head (the first being James Nesbitt obviously…) lip syncs her way through the likes of ‘If You Seek Amy,’ ‘Gimme More’ and ‘Boys’ while giving the odd wave to the crowd and, rather ironically, only a cover of Rihanna’s ‘S & M’ really lifts the mood of a perplexed crowd who begin to head for the bar.
With her pop peers such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry putting a lot of effort and money into their live shows, Britney’s Femme Fatale tour looks cheap and cobbled together in comparison and when she signs off with ‘Womanizer,’ after only arriving onstage an hour previously, this reviewer feels that a robber’s outfit would have been appropriate for her final costume change. Don’t call it a comeback. No really….don’t.