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Britney Spears' 'Circus' tour

One doesn't go to a Spears concert looking for improvisation and artistic transcendence. Instead, one is looking for spectacle. On that level, Spears' return to the touring world was a resounding success. The Times' Ann Powers witnessed Spears' New Orleans debut and noted that the artist "renewed her claim as one of the world's most adept manipulators of the public interest. Powering through a 90-minute show that integrated her impetuous teen hits with the more perverse material from the albums she released after a very public breakdown that made her a constant in the tabloids, the Louisiana native flashed her famous good ol' girl smile at the fans, mostly female, who still find her a worthy patron saint of the erotic arts." - HIT --Todd Martens, L.A. Times Getty Images for Jive Records
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