Stripped Live in the U.K.
Release date: October 12, 2004
In 2002, Christina Aguilera created a new alter ego by the name Xtina and released her fifth and ultimately one of my favorite albums, Stripped. She embarked in a tour aptly titled Stripped World Tour and released this concert DVD to commemorate one of her shows in the United Kingdom.
Unlike any of her previous and following concerts, Stripped is a pretty laid-back event and there's no pop extravaganza unlike her most successful tour, Back to Basics. Honestly, this is the Christina that I fell in love with when I was 12 (yea, I watched her dance in cowboy pants and mud-fight with other chicas... my parents have no clue about any of this).
Much like to her obvious theme, Xtina is very sexy, aggressive and pretty much baring her all on the stage. Songs like 'The Voice Within', 'At Last' and 'Beautiful' help solidified her diva persona on the small Wembley stage, even though her stage outfits couldn't be any smaller and skimpier than that!
Meanwhile, performances of tracks like 'Dirrty', 'Lady Marmalade' and 'Fighter' are, well, definitely not made for the prime time television viewing hours.
Nonetheless, Christina is empowering women in a way that only her music can. None of her later records can replicate all of the things she brought in Stripped and I really hope she'll do this type of stuffs again soon.
Stripped Live in the U.K. is what the album Stripped is all about: bare, naked, unpretentious and holds no restriction. Kudos!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.