In yet another startling professional and personal re-invention, the rapidly aging pop songstress Madonna has incorporated the slide trombone and shades of jazz tones into her ever-evolving artistry on this latest release. Never one to rest on her laurels as a joyless, lip-synching, semi-obscene dancer, the Material Girl reportedly spent six months holed up in her lavish English estate working on 'Bone Madonna
, immersing herself in an intense exploration of the big brass horn. While recovering from a terrible and bizarre equestrian accident
where she fell and broke eight 'bones, Madonna faced the "wake-up call to her own vulnerability" with verve. The resulting recording takes bold innovationa constant in Madonna's artistic evolutionto a stunning new level.
While Madonna's blowing technique can best be described as rudimentary, it is a very daring rudimentary, much in line with her singing skills. And for long-time fans, not to worrythe Astringent Diva has not forsaken her trademark, goat-with-its-leg-in-a-steel-trap warbling, a sound that is awash here, as always, in a sea of nicely mindless electronic noise. The grunts and groans she elicits from her new trombone, woven around her vocal bleatings in front of a stiff cyborg beat on "I'm Like a Cockroach (I Won't Go Away)," are nothing short of jaw-dropping.
It's been rumored that the Material Girl's shift in focus is tied to her dumping of a fashionable fringe religion, Kabbalah
, for another, Scientology
, as photographers from People
magazines have spotted the songstress and her recently castrated husband yacht-trawling the Sea of Cortez, in search, reportedly, of Thetans.
A promotional world tour'Bone Ecstacy
is in the works for this summer, followed by a tentative spot at the Superbowl Halftime Show, with, of course, Britney Spears, a gallon of slide grease, and Madonna's passionate and daring thrusts of her new slide trombone.
And the censors are shakin'.
Personnel: Madonna: trombone, vocals; an anonymous menagerie of geeks: various electronics.