From Euro-hip superstar to mainstream pop newcomer, Kylie Minogue is surprisingly taking the North American pop charts by storm. Her album "Fever" debuted at the third position in the US Billboard Chart earlier this year and has so far delivered several radio hits.
With audiences demanding more, the Australian is now available in full-motion and Dolby-surround on her newest DVD "Fever 2002 - Live in Manchester."
The 34-year-old international pop kitten is small in person (Kylie measures a tiny 5'1"), but larger than life overseas. In Europe and Australia, Kylie is a true pop icon, selling millions since her debut in 1988.
Appealing to all demographics, she especially has a large, fanatic gay following. No wonder it was Kylie who chose to perform Abba's "Dancing Queen" at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The music and images on "Fever 2002 - Live in Manchester" were captured during the final lag of her European tour in Manchester, England. This DVD offers an exciting musical and visual spectacle, fortified by a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, visualization footage and interactive program notes. The production piles up an impressive 28 hits and seven different stage themes.
At the opening, the stage transforms into a hyper strobe-lit scene of the 1926 cult-movie "Metropolis." In stunning decor of '30s art-deco and sci-fi props, Kylie bursts onto the stage, showing off her hard-bodied looks in a glittery, futuristic outfit.
While masked dancers in robotic costumes circle down, the singer opens with a mild electronica version of "Come Into My World." The cybernetic feast continues with a hard-hitting techno mix of "Shocked."
Kylie cheers, "These scratches are making me itch!" during the following "Streetstyle" act, which is furnished with '80s breakbeats, Keith Haring screen visuals and bright, fluorescent projections and dresses.
This stage setting kicks off with "GBI," which develops into a sweeping dance sequence with images of the singer in pink Japanese hairdo pulsing at the stage's multiple video screens. The scene progresses into a sexy, cop versus bad boy play of "Confide In Me," one of Minogue's most under-rated tunes.
Also impressive is the lush "Sex In Venice" act in which the Australian croons a perfectly updated version of "The Locomotion," her first international hit. The singer slows down for a moment with the gutsy cover of Boy George's 1993 "The Crying Game." Minogue's thin, high-pitched voice lends itself well to her power pop, but proves a bit too frail for performing live ballads.
The singer continues her hit streak, performing songs such as "Light Years" (accompanied by mesmerizing kaleidoscopic visuals), "Better The Devil You Know," and "On A Night Like This." She finally encores with her smash "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," which features the singer solo, directly fronting the audience.
Since the start of her career, Minogue has created quality pop music that is infused with a slight dose of avant-garde electronica, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and memorable images.
"Fever 2000 - Live in Manchester" confirms that Kylie knows how to create pop that lasts. Viewers, beware of the fever. You might just get infected by her musical bliss.