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| Pop princess||Type: Internet Article|
|Pop princess||Jun 18, 2000|
|by Lisa Wilton|
|CALGARY -- If the rows of empty seats at the Saddledome last night were anything to go by, pop princess Christina Aguilera has a bit more work to do in order to topple Queen Britney from her throne. |
But that doesn't mean the 7,500 fans who came to see Aguilera during the Calgary stop of her cross-Canada Psykoblast Tour weren't completely under her spell.
The diminutive 19-year-old ex-Mousketeer strolled confidently down a metal staircase, launching into her first hit, Genie In a Bottle.
Flanked by six co-ed dancers and joined onstage by two female backup singers and a six-piece backing band, Aguilera showcased the voice -- and body -- that shot her into the pop music stratosphere.
Clad in skin-tight white flared pants and matching halter top, Aguilera used her voice to its fullest potential, belting out anthem after anthem.
In fact, her vocal grandstanding was almost overwhelming at times.
You see, Aguilera is not one for subtlety. It's either go big, or go home.
She obviously comes from the Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston school for divas.
But what gives the over 25s a headache sounds angelic to a teenage crowd, judging by the reaction last night.
There's no denying Aguilera has a rich, full voice, and once she learns to harness its awesome power, it can only improve with age.
Winnipeg's McMaster and James started the pop music marathon with their slick, prairie-bred rhythm and soul.
To be fair, I was only able to catch the last few songs of the 30-minute set, but the two vocalists, Luke McMaster and Rob James, seemed to be in good form, encouraging fans to sing along and wave their green glow-sticks in unison.
In the grand scheme of musical things, McMaster and James don't pose much of a threat to pop giants such as 'N Sync or Ricky Martin, although they are far more accomplished singers.
Perhaps if McMaster and James -- backed by a well-oiled funk trio -- aim for an older audience, they will be able to enjoy a longer career.
Tragically, hunky Toronto trio soulDecision were forced to cancel as one of them -- tragically, the cute one, David Bowman -- had laryngitis.
But being the sweeties they are, the group made a brief appearance onstage to apologize and offered to sign autographs in the lobby.
And how the girls swooned!
SoulDecision's absence simply meant Dublin-based four-piece mytown had more time to play with, which didn't exactly upset anyone of the female persuasion.
As the lights dimmed, the two big screens flanking the stage flashed images of the band.
As each member was introduced onscreen, a spotlight was shone on the corresponding singer.
Dramatic, yes, but appropriate for the ensuing barrage of strobe lights and ear-splitting screams.
Mytown fared best when sticking to their faster, beat-heavy songs, like their imaginative cover of Wham!'s Everything She Wants and their hit single Party All Night.
Unfortunately, there weren't as many of those hot l'il uptempo numbers as there were the bland, sappy, R&B-lite balladry such as Lifetime Affair (co-written by the band that killed classic R&B, Boyz II Men), the hilariously titled Lovesent Angel and their latest single, Now That I've Found You.
Compared to the first two acts, The Moffatts sounded closer to Nirvana than The Backstreet Boys.
Dance moves were replaced by guitar solos and the four siblings breezed through a 45-minute-plus set of older hits and newer material.
While the cheers were louder for recognizable singles like I'll Be There For You, Misery and the romantic Girl of My Dreams, it was their heavier, rockier tunes that kept the show fresh and interesting.
However, cheesy between-song banter threatened the momentum the band had been building since its first song -- especially when the boys went fishing for girls in the audience by saying they wanted a girlfriend from Calgary.
Be careful, girls. They said the same thing in Edmonton the night before.
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