How Madonna Blurred the Lines Between Personal and Persona on ‘I’m Breathless’

Tied to her turn in Dick Tracy, the album offered a sneakily subversive spin on the Disney blockbuster, with songs like “Vogue,” “Hanky Panky,” and more Moviestore/Shutterstock Thirty years ago this month, Madonna released one of the most fascinating records in her catalogue, I’m Breathless. Attached to her role as the nightclub singer/femme fatale in Warren Beatty’s 1990 film Dick Tracy, I’m…

30 Years Of Madonna’s ‘I’m Breathless’

CREDIT: Warner Music   Exactly 30 years ago, Madonna turned the music world upside down by releasing an album of show tunes called I’m Breathless. Doubling as one of three (!) soundtracks to Dick Tracy, the staggeringly ambitious collection is a mix of Stephen Sondheim originals and campy, pop pastiches courtesy of regular collaborators Patrick Leonard and Shep Pettibone. The emphasis is on vocals and…

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  A collection of songs featured or inspired by the comic-book-turned-movie Dick Tracy, I’m Breathless is essentially Madonna‘s take on popular music from the ’40s, particularly big-band pop. Although her singing shows a surprising amount of range, the material tends to be nothing more than cutesy novelty numbers, like the double entendre-laden hit “Hanky Panky.” I’m Breathless approaches greatness only on…