Review: Madonna pushes dark buttons

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 4, 2012 - 8:22 AM

The Queen of Pop was back in the Twin Cities for the first time in 25 years, with a show tinged with violent themes.

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petergokeyNov. 4, 12 6:47 AM

The show is an exploration of the violence - sexual and otherwise - that The Church and society propagates against women, and the various reactions women have to that. There's a clear narrative progression, too, that evolves from the dark reactions to one of redemption and spirituality by deciding to not hold oneself to the standards society expects of one. I guess Bream missed that. Such an understanding would have changed a number of comments he made about the show.

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olderchickNov. 4, 12 7:01 AM

Sounds like I was right in deciding to see the touring company of So You Think You Can Dance. Real talent, not over the hill milk toast that needs to be covered up by flash & bang, auto tune, & lyp synching. I think when your in your 50s it's time to quit acting like your're in your 20s. The cheer leader bit? Ridiculous!!

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madonnanov4Nov. 4, 12 8:46 AM

This reviewer did miss out on a spectacular Madonna performance, sadly shown in his narrow commentary. Madonna paved the way for Lady Gaga and the others whose names he mentioned that i have already forgotten. Madonna is an uber-professional, master performer and has continued to shine for 30 years! Too bad you "missed the point" - Madonna aims to provoke, and that she does, whether by drawing attention to the violence, blood and guns in society or freedom of expression for all of us. There's only one queen, and it's Madonna

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leac0010Nov. 4, 12 9:01 AM

As long as Madonna rips the hypocrisy ridden church to shreds, it's a show worth seeing in my book!

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goochindyNov. 4, 12 9:06 AM

I find it amusing when a concert reviewer clearly does not care for the performer. Mr. Bream fits into that category. Why bother? His review of Madonna’s MDNA concert is far from the truth about the show; which is nominated for 3 Billboard Music awards. I am longtime admirer of Madonna’s work and recently attended her concert in St. Louis. I have been to 4 of her last tours, starting with Reinvention, Confessions, Sticky and Sweet, and MDNA. This show rates right up there as one of my favorites. No denying there’s lots of great talent in today’s world of female pop music. However, Mr. Bream and any others who think there’s talent to replace Madonna’s position at the top are sadly mistaken. Madonna’s reign as Queen of Pop is far from over

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jdh5813Nov. 4, 12 9:38 AM

I'm not sure of your background but none of the other artists you mentioned reach the record breaking sales Madonna has reached for this tour. To those old timers who don't keep up with her current recordings you're missing out. I bet this critic.would give kudos to grand-daddy entertainers such as U2, Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling.Stones. how can you critique something you. obviously don't get? There's only one queen and that's Madonna!

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Tinye67Nov. 4, 1210:08 AM

I could have done without all the tracks off of MDNA. Didn't recognize half the music last night.

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Tuy1929Nov. 4, 1211:52 AM

How far has our sophisticated society really progressed? “I am going straight to hell” must be the new “cool?” ******* No regrets, Madonna? Well, sure, not for now at least.

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minneg56Nov. 4, 1211:59 AM

I've always found Madonna a paradox from the perspective that she is able to 're-surface' every 4-6 years using the same 'tools' of sex, violence and religious imagery. I do find a couple of things curious/ironic- not criticizing -just observing. 1. Madonna for decades has used imagery and references highly critical of religion in general and particularly of the Catholic Church, (yep- an insitution with many visable warts these days) but she has managed to make scads of money off the very thing she criticizes. If it all went away- she'd either have to 'pack it in' or change her act! 2. It would be interesting to know what percentage of the audience was 40-50 something moms/wives who raised their kids in some form of faith; sang in the church choir while their kids were in Sunday school; sent their kids to private school; are/were active 'pro-lifers' marching at planned parenthood against abortion and birth control and who are anti gay marriage types ... and taught their sons and daughters that these things are either wrong or perverted. 3. How many of these same 40-50 somethings would like to see their daughters (or sons) featured in a coffee table style book which Madonna came out with some time ago? I guess that's what makes art interesting.

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magicmunyNov. 4, 12 1:43 PM

Jon was right. I overpaid for a concert that turned to be an act and for 3 songs I had to watch these guys perform while she was backstage. I paid for a Madonna concert, that's not what I got. I've seen over a hundred concerts over the years and this honestly ranks as one of the worse shows. Seriously, what was she doing with "Like a Virgin", that version sucked. Why change something that worked great for almost 30 years into a terrible piano tune? 357 bucks a ticket down the drain.

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