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Madonna: Erotica

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (11/26/92, p.70) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...EROTICA is everything Madonna has been denounced for being--meticulous, calculated, domineering and artificial. It accepts those charges and answers with a brilliant record to prove them..."

Spin (1/93, p.62) - Recommended - "...largely poignant, reflective, and compassionate in tone..."

Q (12/92, p.121) - 3 Stars - Good - "...the substance of EROTICA resides in a range of straight-talking, almost intimate songs based, not on an idea about sex, but on experience of relationships..."

Musician (1/93, p.90) - "...ranges from the snazzy, deep house groove of `Deeper And Deeper' to the luscious, slow-tickling pulse of `Rain'..."

Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #22 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.

Album Notes

Personnel: Madonna (vocals); Paul Pesco, Jerome Dickens (guitar); Danny Wilensky (saxophone); James "Sleepy Keys" Preston (piano); Joe Moskowitz (keyboards, drums, programming); Shep Pettibone (keyboards, sequencing, programming); Tony Shimkin (keyboards, sequencing, programming, drum programming, background vocals); Andre Betts (keyboards, strings, synthesizer, piano, bass, drums); Doug Wimbish (bass); Anton Fig (drums); Sander Selover (programming); Donna Delory, Niki Harris (background vocals).

Producers: Madonna, Shep Pettibone, Andre Betts.

Recorded at Mastermix and Sound Works, New York, New York.

Madonna released EROTICA around the same time she released her SEX book, and that's exactly what it sounds like. The title song has a sensuously static groove over which she commands, "Put your hands all over my body." "Where Life Begins" demands that you do something a whole lot more intimate (and quite unrepeatable here) to her. The CD booklet has a photo of Madonna in bondage. To get across the album's naughty feel, Madonna dispensed with the pop prettiness of LIKE A PRAYER and returned to her hard-core dance club roots.

She and co-producer Shep Pettibone, who had made his name as a club DJ and dance remixer, craft some alluring bad-girl grooves (catch the ocean-deep bass on "Waiting") while still managing to keep things catchy. "Deeper And Deeper" is celebratory dance-pop (with a brief Latin break that nods to the music's true roots) and "Rain" stands among Madonna's major ballads. There's a strange heaviness amidst the fun, games and bondage on EROTICA, which "In This Life" goes a long way toward explaining: it's about AIDS and homophobia. At her naughtiest and most R-rated, Madonna still carries a message, and it resonates well beyond the dance floor.


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