NYT Review: Madonna Is Still Taking Chances
Jon Pareles, The New York Times‘ chief pop music critic since 1988 and a musician himself explains how Madonna’s Madame X show reimagines pop spectacle for a theater stage, merging her newest music and calls for political awareness with striking intimacy in a concert focusing on new songs and the present moment. In other words, Madonna is still taking chances.
As both album and show, “Madame X” is Madonna’s latest declaration of a defiant, self-assured, flexible identity that’s entirely comfortable with dualities: attentive parent and sexual adventurer, lapsed Catholic and spiritual seeker, party girl and political voice, self-described “icon” and self-described “soccer mom,” an American and – more than ever – a world traveler.
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