Madonna's special Olympia club show is over, and here are the highlights of my thoughts...
Absolutely the highlight of this special gig was her humorous and passionate "Je T'Aime" with Serge Gainsbourg('s voice). It was sung really well and flawlessly performed. The comic violence will no doubt enrage those critics who thinks everything in the world must go on post-Aurora EXCEPT for Madonna's show, which all but caused the shootings.
Also loved seeng and hearing "Die Another Day"/"Beautiful Killer" performed for the first time. Fantastic and fun and funny and sexy.
As far as the stuff that she does nightly on her MDNA Tour, I'd have to say that "Candy Shop" is the most interesting and "Masterpiece" the best-sung.
I think her long speech in the beginning was a turn-off ("Do you understand your legacy???" Um, yes, we do, Mlle. Ciccone.) and I disagree that there are no external and only internal enemies, but it was from the heart, as was her thank-you commentary to her fans.
Sounded really rough early on ("Open Your Heart") but better as she went along. "Vogue" was a great production number (but seemed to be a lip-synch to a newly recorded "live"-ish vocal).
She looks amazing. I have to disagree with my friend who thinks she looks all fillered up—I honestly think she spent two years looking borderline ridiculous because of that, but lately looks fantastic. Also, I disagree with him regarding whether she's "aging gracefully." The concept is by definition ageist. And even if it weren't, I think Madonna's sexual hijinks in this show were very adult. She's not trying to look like a kid, she's looking like a hot mama with all the black-and-white (visually a bit boring, I'll allow) clothing.
Best look is "Vogue". She looks great for "Turn Up the Radio" and on through her entire beret period, but I feel like the cut of the dress looks restricting.
This was a real treat. I can't wait to see this show five times, and I can't wait to see what the set list will be in the U.S. of A.