Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Audio Beaverhausen: Madonna's Rebel Heart
Actually, to call this effort mediocre is a compliment! I know fans may flame me and several critics have confoundedly taken Rebel Heart seriously, but sorry, this cd made my eardrums hurt. I doubt very much that the download would offer different results.
Madge is recycling on this album: about NYC, about L.A., an intro from Vogue, S&M (a major theme), rap, guitar-driven (and freaking boring) ballads, and foul language spewed gratuitously throughout like a trail of little poops. Often meaning to shock and be controversial, her words come across yawn-inducing instead. Haven't we been there with her before? I truly think we have.
Her first single from Rebel Heart, "Living for Love," kicks off the album in high style. Unfortunately, afterwards, everything turns to dross. A droning, desperate attempt to stay relevant, edgy, punk, young and youthful, and guess what? She pulls off none of that. Major failure, though I expect it will sell well due to the money backing its promotion. Herein, however, the empress has no clothes. Literally and, at times, figuratively on its cd liner notes images. Bedtime Stories? This sure was one big snooze all right.