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.

3 responses

    • Rabbit Bunny, we definitely agree here. 🙂 It IS way too long. On my digital copy, I removed about 8 songs. I get why people love the album and I’m glad it has its fans, but it’s not an album I come back and listen to very often.

  1. Loved Erotica! Only a star as big as Madonna could have pulled that off. Taking pop to the “dirty” places that no-one want’s to talk about. The backlash was very apparent, but it put Madonna in the position where she could venture out of just mainstream pop and explore other areas and ideas.

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