She's all grown up now.
Britney Spears, who once famously sang “I'm not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman,” left no doubt that she's entered adulthood with a sexually-charged though ultimately disappointing show before approximately 14,000 fans at Glendale Arena.
Taking the stage in a black cat suit and stiletto-heeled boots singing her current single, “Toxic,” Spears joined her eight dancers of both genders in a bevy of suggestive moves. It was a practice that would be repeated throughout the night.
Following the second song “Overprotected,” Spears addressed the crowd through her headset microphone. It became obvious that she'd been lip-synching her vocals during the songs when, as she spoke, every heavy exhale rumbled air loudly through the sound system — something not heard while she was dancing and “singing” so vigorously.
She may have mimed her entire 90-minute performance.
“The lip-synching sucked and she did it all night,” groused David Stone, 39, of Phoenix.
Worse than that was Spears’ complete lack of stage presence. Her interactions with her five-piece band were painfully forced, her patter with the crowd stiff and her choreography awkward.
“She just didn't connect with the audience,” said Bob Roth, 41, of Scottsdale. “Her voice sounded off and the dancing was horrible. I'm very disappointed.”
Promoting her current album, “In the Zone,” Britney's set consisted of 10 of that disc's 12 songs, with only six tunes coming from her first three albums. When she did revisit her teenage pop princess past, it was with a bit of revisionist history. Her breatkthrough smash “...Baby One More Time” was joined with “Oops!... I Did It Again” in a jazz club-cum-cabaret style that suited Spears’ new vamp image but rendered the songs practically unrecognizable and utter flops.