Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Another vulgar, overproduced halftime show

If you have the thighs of a fullback,
you should keep your pants on.

Hard to believe that some critics thought Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance was a great success. Seemed like a lot of grotequely overproduced flash and noise to me. Kia Makerechi had this take on her performance, maintaining the HuffPost's record of being wrong on everything:
 
For some, Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show was to be the Big Game's finest moment. But for all who tuned in to see the singer perform, it's clear she brought her A game. Beyonce worked through a medley of her hits, including "Love on Top," "Crazy in Love," "End of Time," and "Baby Boy" before she was joined by Destiny's Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. The trio started with "Bootylicious" and worked through "Independent Woman" before collaborating on "Single Ladies," which is a Beyonce song. Rowland and Williams then left the stage, leaving Beyonce to perform "Halo" solo.
 
If that's her "A game," I'd hate to see any other letters in her alphabet. I couldn't understand any of the lyrics of her "songs," if that's what they can be called. It's surprisng to learn that she was singing more than one song, since it all sounded the same. Her performance wasn't as bad as Madonna's last year if only because she's younger and didn't clutter up the stage with as many back-up dancers. But if you're a real singer, why would you choose to perform half-naked and do the bump-and-grind like a burlesque performer from days of yore?

See also Ken Levine on the Super Bowl commercials. Thanks to the excellent James Wolcott for the link to Levine's blog.

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