Glorious nostalgia as Shania Twain elevates at 3Arena gig

by James Hendicott
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It comes as a surprise to most, but Shania Twain’s ‘Come On Over’ is the seventh biggest selling album of all time.

With album releases from the star relatively thin on the ground, and tours equally so, the Canadian country-pop icon’s appearance at the 3Arena feels like a bit of a throwback.

Twain has broad appeal, and a show of hers quickly unveils why: this is a SHOW in capital letters; an action packed, colourful, sparkly, full-sensory experience. She begins at the back of the crowd, somewhere up in the Gods in a trench coat and dark glasses, being rolled through her cowboy-clad fans as she sings. Once down on the stage, the engagement is constant and the vibe jubilent.

There’s a bunch of couples on stage for ‘From This Moment’, and sing-along moments with a fan from France, and a youngster from Cork. The violinist runs from aliens and ducks marauding horses that form part of a cinematic, almost overbearing backdrop. It’s Twain herself and her magnificent vocal that make this all worthwhile, though.

‘Still The One’ is every bit the tear-jerking, sappy moment you’d hope for, and the twin 90s dance-floor smashes of ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’, and ‘Man, I Feel Like A Woman’ the finest encore you could hope for. It also feels like Twain is one of those singers who has a small heap of hits your forget about until she starts into them. It’s shining and obvious, easy-listening but laden with personal meaning and happy pace changes. While the cost of seeing Twain live made national news this week, there’s no question she offers a whole lot for the money.


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