Like I’m Going to Tell You a Secret before it, The Confessions Tour is a CD/DVD souvenir set documenting a new millennium Madonna concert this time, a London show at Wembley supporting her 2005 neo-disco album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. Unlike Secret, whose centerpiece was a lengthy documentary, this is a straight-up live album with the DVD capturing a full 21-song set and the CD culling 13 highlights from the set, a whopping eight of them from Confessions (“Sorry” and “Sorry [Remix]” counted separately since they are, after all, indexed separately here). Even if the newer songs don’t sound radically different from their album incarnations they’re either delivered straight or puffed out like extended 12″ remixes the handful of oldies that do show up here are given disco makeovers: “Like a Virgin” pulses with electro keyboards; “Lucky Star” eventually gives away to the ABBA sample that drives “Hung Up.” This helps give the CD on The Confessions Tour a sonic cohesion that’s about as stylized and chilly and its accompanying album the unity means it holds together, yet that icy reserve means it’s not all that much fun to hear, even if the reinterpretations of the 20-year-old hits are interesting. The DVD doesn’t feel as cold thanks entirely to the pizzazz of the visuals and the determined efficiency of the show, but even so, this is primarily of interest to the diehards who don’t mind purchasing another live CD/DVD set just a year after the first.
The world can’t get enough of Madonna, and with CD/DVD sets like The Confessions Tour dropping regularly, it’s little wonder why. As a thrower of fantasy dance parties, she is peerless. As a physical role model for the 40-ish women who grew up on her music, she rules. And as an arbiter of what’s going to sound shockingly original in any given decade–well, duh. The Confessions Tour rounds up songs from way back–“Ray of Light” and “La Isla Bonita” make the DVD, and “Lucky Star” and “Like a Virgin” are on the CD as well as the DVD–but this concert, filmed in 2006 at London’s Wembley Arena, aims its sturdiest spotlight on Confessions on a Dance Floor, Madge’s 2005 disco disc. You could argue, then, that unless you’re in it for the sheer DVD spectacle (and what a spectacle it is), there’s no sense in owning this package. Only you wouldn’t be right. Because as any on-the-ball Madonna fan knows, what she’s doing musically is telling a story–you may already know the characters, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t completely reworked the plot. To that end, “I Love New York” gets its rock on, “Let It Will Be” has a musical temper tantrum, and “Hung Up” goes for the drama queen award. You’ve heard these songs before, but you’ve never heard them quite like this, to borrow a bad informercial phrase. As twisted and hopped-up as they’ve become, they’re all worth getting to know again. –Tammy La Gorce
Over her 25-year career, Madonna has gone on a remarkable seven world tours, each one with its own unique qualities.
On her most recent Confessions Tour, which danced its way through the United States last summer, Madonna proved that she may be a middle-aged mother, but she is just as talented as when she first started, if not more so. The Confessions Tour was arguably her best to date, so it is quite a treat to have the whole show captured forever on DVD and CD.
The show itself is spectacular. Singing many hits from her strong “Confessions on a Dance Floor” album, as well as some older goodies, Madonna wows the audience with her non-stop energy and incredible dancing. For those who saw the show in its crudely edited form on NBC in November, the version included on the DVD is completely uncensored.
One can finally see the much-talked-about song Madonna sings on a cross, which NBC was pressured into not showing; however, the message behind the spectacle, which involved helping AIDS-stricken African orphans, is apparent when watching the DVD.
Also absent from the NBC broadcast and included on the DVD are a controversial interlude involving current politicians, as well as three additional songs.
While the show itself may be close to perfect, one may not think so from just watching the DVD. The DVD’s director, Jonas i?1kerlund, is best known for directing music videos, including many of Madonna’s.
i?1kerlund’s expertise, unfortunately, seems to have influenced him to capture the show more like a music video than a live concert. Often the background screens are brought into the forefront or sliced into shots of Madonna and her dancers.
Such effects may be appropriate for a music video, but then take away from the live and palpable feel of a concert and only add unnecessary distractions.
The extras on the DVD include a photo gallery and some rehearsal footage, which can be interesting for major fans but boring for others. Perhaps rehearsal as well as behind the scene footage during the actual tour itself may have been a bit more enticing.
The Confessions Tour DVD also comes with a live CD of half the show. It is a bit baffling why Madonna did not just include a second CD so that fans could have the whole concert on CD.
The choice of some of the songs that are included are a bit odd as well, such as the spoken dancer interlude titled “Confessions,” which is somewhat boring when just listening to the audio. With only half the show on CD, the space could have been better utilized with another song.
Sure, the Confessions Tour DVD/CD set has some blemishes, but the show itself is so sublime that it may be worth it to overlook those flaws. Especially since Madonna’s last outing, the Re-Invention Tour, was never released in full, fans are happy to have this tour on DVD at all.
Amsterdam prosecutors said Monday they had decided not to press charges against US singer Madonna for blasphemy in relation to a concert she gave in the Dutch capital in September.
The youth wing of the orthodox Christian SGP had applied for the singer to be charged.
A scene in her act in which Madonna wears a crown of thorns and is raised on a cross during the song Live to Tell caused offence across Europe during a tour last year.
Prosecutors said, however, that the scene reflected Madonna’s “disappointment and frustration over certain events in the world” and did not qualify as a punishable act.
Madonna has always maintained that the song is a call for people to show greater humanity to each other.
source : dpa
I’ve never had much desire to see Madonna in concert, but The Confessions Tour has changed my mind. The new CD/DVD combo is stuffed with so many unintentional moments of spit-take comedy and high camp that it may well have been worth $350 a ticket to see the show after all.
What’s the finest moment? The crucifixion and crown of thorns (complete with dangling red crystal droplets of “blood”) during Live To Tell? The guitar-hero moments as Madonna pantomimes some radical shredding on a black Stratocaster, grabbing chords that don’t exist? The John Travolta/Saturday Night Fever-style dance-off? Or the repeated “rebel” gestures to the crowd as if she’s just discovered she has a middle finger?
One is reminded of the old joke that the only thing actually “live” on a live album is the applause. So with Madonna’s heavy use of backing tracks and rather transparent, er, “vocal enhancement,” one wonders just how much singing and playing was done at this show. For some songs she’s not on the stage at all, with prerecorded video and dance routines covering for her endless costume changes.
The 13-song CD is almost an afterthought. The best songs here, including Live To Tell and Ray of Light, appear only among the DVD’s 21 cuts. You also have the obligatory behind-the-scenes footage, where buff twentysomething dancers swear that Madge dances circles around them.
The comedy just doesn’t end.
She arrives by giant disco ball, which opens like a glittery spaceship. Out steps Madonna, done up as a horsewoman, to whip up excitement at London’s Wembley Arena.
She earns the adulation in Madonna: The Confessions Tour. The DVD, which will be out Tuesday, serves as an important reminder. Madonna may make headlines for controversies, from adopting an African boy to hanging from a cross in the concert. She may keep reinventing her image to stay in the public eye.
Yet what matters most is that Madonna remains an electrifying entertainer, a determined singer and a tireless dancer.
NBC edited that “Live to Tell” segment, which Madonna performed on a cross, when the network aired this special in November. She could be seen wearing a crown of thorns as she issued a heartfelt plea to remember the 12 million African children made orphans by AIDS. The concert quotes the Bible to reinforce that plea.
NBC did her a favor, actually, because “Live to Tell” takes a splashy show in a jarring, serious direction. The DVD allows you to judge for yourself by giving you Madonna uncensored.
The special, shot with 15 cameras, provides an eye-popping record of two concerts from August. Madonna’s razzle-dazzle showmanship echoes Cecil B. DeMille, Bob Fosse and even Steven Spielberg.
You want a light show? Madonna gives you one on “Future Lovers,” which opens the concert, and another on “Ray of Light.” Her pride in her dancers comes through in the showcases “Jump,” “Sorry” and “Hung Up,” the rousing finale.
Fans should be dazzled by the mix of videos, lighting and dancing. Maybe she’ll win a few new admirers.
In the end, this concert DVD buttresses her status as the hardest-working woman in show business.
In recent months, Madonna has appeared in a world tour, released an album, voiced a role in a movie and begun the process of adopting an African child.
So when asked by reports at the London premiere of her latest film, Arthur and the Invisibles, if she planned to retire anytime soon, she responded with a smile – and a resounding: “Absolutely not!”
But the singer, who voices a character in the animated Invisibles, showed that family is her top priority. Leaving 15-month old Malawian youngster David snoozing at home, Madonna, walked hand in hand with husband Guy Ritchie and kids Lourdes, 10, and Rocco, 6.
Madonna and Ritchie, who have shot down rumors of a rift in their marriage, got cozy together to pose for family pictures. Madonna, clad in a Dolce & Gabbana coat and knee-high Stella McCartney boots, also stopped to sign autographs for fans.
When asked by reporters what she had coming up next in her busy career, the multi-hyphenated star answered: “H&M,” referring to her “M by Madonna” line with the global fashion chain, which launches in stores worldwide March 25.
Also on deck for the singer is the release of her special edition CD/DVD The Confessions Tour on Jan. 29. The DVD, filmed during her eight-night stint at London’s Wembley Arena last year, includes the controversial crucifixion scene that excluded from the NBC special that aired last November.
source : people.com
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