Madonna, I’m sorry for calling you ‘desperate’

hen Madonna called out ageist reactions to her 14th album this month, I felt a nasty lurch of guilt in my stomach. ReviewingMDMA in 2012, I was mean about her decision to invest so much “desperate” energy into maintaining the impression of eternal youth, leaving her looking and sounding “exhausted and unhappy and making me feel the same”.…

The Independent reviews Madame X ***

Queen of Pop’s 14th record is such a cultural melange that it sometimes verges on collapsing in on itself. At other times, though, what is thrown at the wall sticks beautifully Madonna’s new album is full of dance tracks. But if any one of them came on in a club, there would be at least…