Music: Madonna MADAME X / Ryuichi Sakamoto BLACK MIRROR: SMITHEREENS
Madonna MADAME X
This record… is sort of “BEDTIME STORIES goes Latin!” The music is REALLY cool, but the vocal trappings feel like pandering and ring false. There’s even some odd tracks that sound like Tomita or early Wendy Carlos. But it all soon becomes typical Madonna – the clothes mat vary, but… at least, she tries to sweeten the pot with the inclusion of real Latin artists. Overall, the record is pretty fuckin’ forgettable. This is Product – well-made Product, but Product nonetheless. My suggestion… skip this and listen to BEDTIME STORIES instead.
Ryuichi Sakamoto BLACK MIRROR SMITHEREENS
This is Ryuichi Sakamoto at his most electronic / ethereal. Tracks run from super ambient to soundscapes and noise. There’s some GSM, but… it’s a film score, so… Overall, it’s a pretty even mix with the good here being VERY good and the rest, well… It’s all still cool (hey, it’s a Ryuichi Sakamoto film score!) and a welcome return to electronics after all the solo piano records Sakamoto did. Solid stuff from a stellar artist.