Live Review: Jesse McCartney – Nokia Theatre, New York
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:28:34
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Memo to all dateless dudes. So, you wouldn't be caught dead at a Jesse McCartney gig? Well, that's your mistake.
Put aside your general disdain for his frothy pop confections and his Timberlake- Lite, butter smooth moves and get your ass to one of his shows stat because they are teeming with ladies, young and old. You're bound to meet someone in your appropriate age group. There are teens, co-eds and MILF's crawling all over the place. And through it all, McCartney is impossible to dislike, because he's so incredibly talented and easy to like.
When the smoky voiced Anjulie asked the sold out crowd if they were ready for McCartney, a chorus of shrill, estrogen-soaked screams filled the Nokia Theatre. Anjulie was way too sexy voiced for this crowd, sailing way above the heads of the 13-year-olds and their skinny jean-clad mothers. While Anjulie's decidedly Euro, beat-flecked pop could easily be appreciated by fans of Winehouse and Allen (that's Amy and Lily for the score keepers), she was a bit too esoteric for the girlies who were waiting impatiently for their boy wonder to take the stage.
When a gray suit, white sneakers and aviator shades sporting McCartney bounced onto the stage with two dancers, the roof was raised by the screaming voices. The kid might not be very tall, but he's set his sights on usurping JT's throne as the prince of pop. There were a host of choreographed moves, but this 21-year-old has talent can't be denied. When he took off his sunglasses, it was like the second coming of Christ, with his fans shrieking at the chance to see his eyes. He's a consummate charmer, that McCartney. "Beautiful Soul," the second single from his Departure album, went over incredibly, while his back dancers initiated a cover of Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl," which also led to some bloodcurdling shrieks. All the bells and whistles made it feel like it an arena show that was condensed into the 3000-capacity Nokia. McCartney changed into jeans and jacket and brought an adoring fan onstage and serenaded her for "Oxygen" before busting into the infections "How Do You Sleep?"
McCartney ended with his biggest hit, "Leavin'," where the crowd's voice eclipsed his. It's easy to see why the girls like him so much. He's cute, he's got the moves and he makes catchy pop music. So if you want to meet girls, go to one of this shows!
— Amy Sciarretto