Billy Gray

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Mama Don’t Reach

In Music on April 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Madonna’s latest album and fourth attempt at past prime legitimacy, is “MDNA.” The clubbing set will take the title as a riff on MDMA, the chemical ingredient in ecstasy. Madonna loyalists or  those tolerant of the disemvoweling aesthetic that also begot the STK steakhouse chain, will instantly make out the alarmingly jacked pop dame’s name. A D.N.A. riff slinks somewhere in the background, stealing credit from H.G.H. for its effect on Madonna’s sinewy arms.

But Madonna has never relied on album names to propel her infamy or record sales. (Fiona Apple, another reemerged pop curiosity of similarly chiseled limb and with a penchant for novella-length titles, still does.) Instead, there was the pre-fame nude photo scandal; the breakthrough V.M.A. stage humping; the tendentious Christian imagery; the lesbian dalliances (with Sandra Bernhard and, later and faker, Britney Spears, which at least makes you wonder if any other notable Sapphic can claim both those notches on her belt); the “sex” book, and its attendant serial oversharing on national television as Madonna, a genius in cloaking the art of the Big Three network shill in the cone bra of provocation, plugged her collection of B&W bondage photography. More recently, we’ve been subjected to Madonna’s foray into Kabala and Guy Ritchie. Ritchie reportedly got $75 million from the divorce. And he’s grist for the mill on “MDNA,” which, if it moves units despite an unprecedented 88% sales drop-off from its debut, means the British director will have defibrillated another creaky icon in the wake of his “Sherlock Holmes” reboot. Read the rest of this entry »