Madonna: 'Bone Madonna (2006)
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 and Us 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 Ecstacyis 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'.
Track Listing: I'm Like a Cockroach (I Won't Go Away); Tasteless; Desparately Seeking Money; Blonde Dissolution; Do It on My Face; L. Ron Hubbard is a Stud; Thetan's Blues; Cigarettes and Male Organs; I'm Blonde; (Got Him by the...) Short Hairs; I Got Money; (I'll Do Anything) Tasteless.
Personnel: Madonna: trombone, vocals; an anonymous menagerie of geeks: various electronics.
Record Label: Blonde Dissolution
Style: Fringes of Jazz