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August 28, 2011

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Another view of Britney

It is always easier to write about the failures of a public icon rather than the successes (“Britney pulls out the stops - and it’s all for show,’’ g, Aug. 9). It was disheartening that Marc Hirsh’s review failed to interpret the intrinsic value of the over-the-top pyrotechnics, predictable and unimpressive dance moves, and revealing outfits. These elements are simply part of the very fabric of a Britney Spears concert. Accordingly, Hirsh’s review summed up what the general public is already well aware of, that Spears is a superficial pop icon. Were her fans there to hear her stunning vocals and see impressive dance moves? Of course not. Instead, many of those who attended her concert were women in their mid-20s, there to sing and dance along to the mindless lyrics that take their minds off the intensity of everyday pressures.

There is an authentic underlying value in Spears’s show and her music. This value lies in each set change, each embarrassing costume interpretation of Egyptian/Japanese culture, each shot of glitter into the air. Spears is able to touch her fans on a deeper level. Spears’s iconic status has allowed her to transcend the many aspects one may ordinarily expect when paying to see a concert of an artist we have not grown up with, or grown to love as much as Spears.

Westwood

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