Shania Twain review – barnstorming, thigh-slapping spectacular

SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Brash staging, old-school charisma and a bulletproof back catalogue power an energetic performance from the Canadian superstar

Her 2017 comeback album was titled Now, but Shania Twain is taking a moment to revisit the past. Thanks to large-scale technical wizardry, the Canadian superstar can channel-surf through promos from her 90s imperial phase, each sumptuous, golden-hour visual (a smorgasbord of beaches, stallions and covetable knitwear) projected on to a gigantic white leopard-print curtain. “I used to be able to do backflips in my videos,” she says, with mock regret. “So that’s fun to look back on.”

It is one of the quieter, funnier moments in this two-hour spectacular. The packed opening night of Twain’s first UK tour since 2004 is an impressively barnstorming, thigh-slapping, eye-searing revue that marries her bulletproof back catalogue with a cautious sprinkle of new material. In the 15-year break between album releases, Twain has overcome illness, endured the tabloids pecking over the breakdown of her marriage to producer Mutt Lange and witnessed Taylor Swift’s deft cover version of her country-pop crossover career.

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