Guess flashing age-defying perky nips and a hulked out booty eating a black lace thong isn't enough for Madonna to win over all critics. Madge's body parts have grabbed more headlines for her MDNA tour than her music, choreography or art, but a scathing review from Vogue Italia following the Rome stop will change that (and probably not in the way the Material Mom had hoped). (*Obvious spoiler of the MDNA tour and set list follow*)
Sounds like Vogue Italia's Giulia Blasi wasn't a fan of the show:
The Queen of Pop, Madonna, has left the building. Seconds after the last echoes of the closing number, Celebration (which saw Rocco Ritchie dancing with his mother and sister Lourdes) faded out, a couple of luxury cars were seen speeding out of the back of the stage. There would be no encores, no coming back for more, no extra songs to make up for a very late start: Madonna's show leaves nothing to chance or spontaneity.
The MDNA Tour, like all other Madonna tours, is more akin to musical theatre than music gig. Huge, spectacular, often slightly tacky, obvously expensive, it feels like a very longGlee fantasy sequence crossed with a particularly lavish Eurovision Song Contest performance, with better songs and a lot less humour.
The tracks from her latest album, MDNA, struggle to keep up not only with her earlier material, but also with some of her more recent output: Human Nature and Hung Up seemed to get a far better reception than any of the newer songs, with the possible exception of Girl Gone Wild and Give Me All Your Luvin'. A slowed-down, BDSM-themed re-reading of Like a Virgin drew quite a few hisses and boos from the crowd; elsewhere, honesty paid off, as in the case of a rousing, relatively simple performance of Like a Prayer that had everyone on their feet.
The blame may in fact lay in the poor quality of the sound for anyone not standing directly in front of the stage. The overall feeling was that some of the audience were quite simply left out of the show, which lost most of its punch when viewed from a distance.
Blasi goes on to follow Madonna's lead and compare the Queen of Pop with Gaga, basically calling the former tired and the latter a true performer.
Still, some might find the comparisons between MDNA and Glee made in this review even more reason to cash out their 401k early and check out the show.
(Source and image: Vogue Italia)