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    You make me invisible

    Yes, of course, I’m in love (whoo!) with the new Kylie song and video–you had to ask?

    I suppose it does sort of sound like a Gwen Stefani song…or, rather, what a Gwen Stefani song would sound like if she weren’t the second-most ANNOYING PERSON ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Personally, I see “2 Hearts” more as accomplishing what she should have years ago with her cover of “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” which turned out murky and a little flat.

    Alice has seen the new Spice Girls video, in which most of the five have their scalpelicious assets on full display, and wonders why women stars in their thirties “all want to dress up as ladies of the night these days”? I don’t know–the inspiration has always looked more like stripping than like streetwalking to me. (I guess “ladies of the night” includes both.) The Flea manages to keep a straight face while proffering the argument that the girls’ message is that “you should be proud of yourself no matter what you look like,” even if you look like a bad boob job wrapped in electrical tape and topped with the head from a Rachel Roberts blow-up doll. Me, I’m not sure whether Baby looks like the spitting image of Bonnie Tyler through nature or art, but the resemblance is so uncanny it’s distracting.

    Anyway, yeah, slutty outfits and dance moves from pop stars. There’s no frisson left, really–witness the perfunctory clip for the lead single from Britney’s new album. You can practically see her thinking, Blah, blah…shake rear, gyrate, slide up and down pole, flip hair…yawn. It may be the single lamest attempt at titillation I’ve seen in my entire life, which is a shame, because the song deserves better. I think the Pussycat Dolls visual tropes will take a while to shake themselves out.

    4 Responses to “You make me invisible”

    1. Alice says:

      Honestly, I don’t think Britney thinks that many words in a row anymore.

      Kinda tragic.

    2. Sean Kinsell says:

      It is, but she’s only twenty-five or so. Given how long she’s been foisted on us, it’s easy to feel as if she must be (much) older, of course. But she still has time to get things together.

    3. Alice says:

      Yeah, I hope so.

      Also, I forgot to say GO KYLIE!!! Wow. I feel a bit bad for mentioning her and Posh in the same paragraph now. No comparison.

    4. Sean Kinsell says:

      Well, I actually think Posh is good at striking poses for photographers–by no means a contemptible skill. There are worse things than giving the public gorgeous images to linger over in magazines, and at least she’s rarely trying to convince us she’s a singer (or, like Kylie, a singing Personality) anymore.

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