Madonna | I’m Going to Tell You a Secret (Warner Bros.)

The DVD serves as a perfect companion to the live CD. It's one thing to hear Madonna perform live, but it is quite another to see the talented performer breathe new life into her songs.

 

The Material Girl has finally released her live CD/DVD combo entitled I'm Going to Tell You a Secret. The dual disc captures the pop diva in action during her mammoth 2004 Re-Invention World Tour. But before I get to the behind-the-scenes DVD, I want to explore the live CD first.

The 15-song CD is a fun romp into Madonna's vast arsenal of music, both past and present. Making sure to include as many classic tracks as new tunes, Madonna proves once again that she knows how to keep her audience intrigued. By mixing monster hits like "Vogue," "Holiday," and the always-controversial "Like a Prayer" with other deeper tracks such as "American Life" and "Lament," Madonna gives her fans something to think about as they shake their collective groove things.

No matter if she is reading scripture right out of the Book of Revelations-as she does on the opening monologue, "The Beast Within"-or covering John Lennon's "Imagine," Madonna manages to give her performances enough genuine emotion without coming off cheesy. The rest of the songs in her set, including "Nobody Knows Me," "Music," and "Die Another Day," only prove that this incarnation of Madonna has been able to strike a balance in her musical life.

The DVD serves as a perfect companion to the live CD. It's one thing to hear Madonna perform live, but it is quite another to see the talented performer breathe new life into her songs. As with her earlier tour diary, Madonna: Truth or Dare, we are once again given a virtual all-access pass into the world of Madonna. From watching her audition nubile dancers for a spot on the tour to her affectionate love affair with her husband, Guy Ritchie, Madonna gives her fans a very personal look into every aspect of her life. While all of the impromptu moments she shares with her dancers, family, and random celebrities are all fine and dandy, the best moments of the documentary are when Madonna is onstage, doing what she does best. The musical interludes were everything one would expect from a Madonna concert. Over-the-top theatrics mixed with breathtaking choreography proves that Madonna is truly the queen of reinventing herself.

I'm Going to Tell You a Secret is one of those rare live recordings that actually captures all of the excitement and energy Madonna pours into her live shows. While she may be running out of secrets to tell, one fact remains: Madonna is still one hell of an entertainer.

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