Michael T. Rognlien | Chicago, IL USA | 06/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It would be easy to typecast Christina Aguilera as a teen phenomenon, but one viewing of this DVD should convince even the most anti-teen singer skeptics to realize the simple fact that her voice is one of the best in music today. This video, which is a compilation of her big pop hits, Christmas classics, cuts from her less radio-saturating Spanish-language album and a few choice covers is a view into Christina's ability to do what she does best - sing live.She is lumped in with Britney Spears, but her vocal talent far exceeds that of her Britney and their other peers. Her cover of the Etta James classic "At Last" not only shows she has the voice, but the soul to go along with it. While other reviewers have commented negatively on her sometimes overly-theatrical vocal acrobatics, it's amazing to watch a young singer discover the power and range of her own voice. She does so on this DVD.Few performers can match the quality of their studio recordings when performing live, and even fewer can exceed it. Christina Aguilera exceeds it, and we can only hope that she will continue to assert her artistic nature and branch out beyond the quick success of bubble gum pop and into bigger and better genres.Whitney and Mariah - watch out!"
Worth for the voice!
Joyce Yeo | Singapore | 05/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Captured live in concert, Christina shows why she has become a multi-platinum phenomenon in the music world. She has the moves, the grooves and the voice that sell out show after show around the world.Lighting the stage on fire, Christina performs her number one hits from her self-titled debut and tunes from her first Spanish language album, 'Mi Reflejo.' Special guests Brian McKnight, Lil' Bow Wow and Dr. John.Songs include: 'Reflection,' 'Genie in a Bottle,' 'Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You),' 'What a Girl Wants,' 'So Emotional (performed with Lil' Bow Wow),' 'I Turn to You,' 'Climb Every Mountain,' 'Falsas Esperanzas,' 'Alright Now,' the unaired 'Merry Christmas Baby' (a remarkable duet with Dr. John), 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' and 'Christmas Time.'The unaired songs also include 'Contigo En La Distancia,' and 'At Last.' And the release will also feature the 'Genio Altrapado,' 'Por Siempre Tu,' 'Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tu)' and 'The Christmas Song' music videos.'Celebrated for her impressive vocal range, eye-catching appearance and agile moves, Christina has soared up the music charts with one smash hit after another. Since her 1999 entrance onto the music scene, she has become the 'musical voice of her generation' with over 12 million album sales, three Number 1 singles and numerous industry awards. Her sold out concerts are a theatrical event featuring a full band, dancers and spectacular choreography intertwined with the voice that has won legions of fans worldwide and made Christina a household name.'The program includes behind-the-scenes footage, home movies and interviews. The DVD contains DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks."
TT | Chicago, IL | 06/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ten times better than "Genie Gets Her Wish", this DVD features Christina live in concert with a big band and orchestra complimenting her performance as she takes you through her pop hits, her Spanish album, and Christmas selections.This DVD only reiterates the fact that Christina truly has great vocal range, not only in highs and lows, but also in style. In Christina's concert performances, her vocals are pure and live with minimal pre-recorded supporting tracks. You watch and listen for the vocal performance, not the supporting pop effects tracks and pop melody.If you have seen "Genie Gets Her Wish", you may notice that Christina's demeanor is more mature in this DVD, especially in the way she speaks. However, her playfulness shows through her performance.The audio mix includes a 5.1 surround-sound track, which was not available on Christina's previous DVD. However, this DVD does not feature the American music video of "Come On Over Baby", which I would have expected on this DVD release. It does include four music videos from her Spanish album release, and the Spanish version of "Come On Over Baby" is on this DVD. I should mention that the Spanish music videos are just re-edited versions of the American release with all the shots replaced where Christina sings (where her lips wouldn't match). The dance and beauty shots are for the most part intact.The DVD is 65 minutes long, with enough pop selections to satisfy the teeny bopper fans and several other great selections not available on the same recording. The Christmas selections are nice, but it's kind of strange to watch them and be transported to December in the middle of June. Overall, this DVD is a must-have and is well worth the price for every Xtina fan!"
stripped_butterfly | Los Angeles,CA,USA | 03/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With this concert, Christina has proven that she will be on of the greatest singers of our generation. Maybe many people don't see it yet, but trust me, Christina Aguilera is a legend waiting to be seen. So why 4 stars?Well, first of all, when Christina was speaking, I felt she was rather fake, as though she had learned the lines, and was being told what to say, instead of just speaking from the heart.I'm also not a fan of her teen pop hits, so that part of the concert didn't interest me.But other than that, I am completely speechless, and in utter amazement.Her voice is just extraordinary.Better than Mariah's, better than Whitney's,just one of the best voices I've ever heard in my life.If you want to hear a phenoemenon live just buy this dvd.And if you're not a fan of the music Christina was performing back then, don't worry,because Christina performs only a few of her teen pop hits, and I must say she does make them very enjoyable.But the true beauty of the concert comes after Christina has re-hashed her chart toppers.Belting out classic old songs, and singing Christmas,traditionals, Christina makes it all about the voice, and not about the show, or the choreography, or the special effects.While Christina oversings frequently, do not let that set you off, because, it's some damn good oversinging;no doubt with this concert you get to see all that she can do.Climb Every Mountain just brings tears to my eyes.She sings it with so much power, just regal over the gospel choir.Alright Now-Darn, she just tears it up!Contigo En La Distancia is just gorgeous.A beautiful, Latin tinged ballad performed in Spanish.Without a doubt, her vocals on this song should get your attention-so much emotion.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-She sounds wonderful, but Brian Mcnight just ruins the song with his off-key wailings.Merry Christmas Baby- Christina an sure do those old-time blues well.But the highlight of the entire concert, what makes this entire dvd worth the price, what makes you forget about every single thing you've ever disliked about Christina Aguilera, is her rendition of the Etta James classic, At Last.Can you feel the soul, the range, the voice,all the feeling.You can tell she puts her all into this song, and this performance just leaves me in disbelief;every now and then I have to listen to it again and again, just to make sure I didn't dream that someone could sing like that.Nothing I said is an exageration, and I guess you really do have to buy it to understand why I feel the way I do, because no matter how much I ramble, on and on, nothing even begins to describe the sheer phenomenon which is Christina Aguilera."