Today in Madonna History: October 20, 1992

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On October 20 1992, Madonna’s fifth studio album, Erotica was released by Maverick Records.

Music critic Sal Cinquemani commented on the album’s impact:

By 1992, Madonna was an icon—untouchable, literally and figuratively—and Erotica was the first time the artist’s music took on a decidedly combative, even threatening tone, and most people didn’t want to hear it. Erotica’s irrefutable un-sexiness probably says more about the sex=death mentality of the early ’90s than any other musical document of its time. This is not Madonna at her creative zenith. This is Madonna at her most important, at her most relevant. No one else in the mainstream at that time dared to talk about sex, love, and death with such frankness and fearlessness.

One response

  1. Yes! Erotica is a Detroit Madonna Masterpiece because it presents her in full-on sadness mode. Earlier artworks True Blue and Like a Prayer flirted with sadness but Erotica embraced it Fully Completely! Sad ballads Bad Girl, Rain and In This Life told her story. This time, Madonna let it all out and held nothing back! In the end, Erotica sealed her immortality! Madonna Forever in her sadness and brilliance!

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