One of the most polemic Madonna`s albums, "Erotica" is also one of the weakest, providing some controversy due to its taboo subjects (at least at the time it came out) but failing to engage and surprise on a musical level. Madonna`s image and attitude usually come before her music, and in "Erotica" this is more than evident. Although somewhat stylish and with a cool atmosphere, this record is too flat, linear, unsurprising and forgettable. It seems like a collection of fillers and b-sides with two or three decent songs that appear randomly (the title track and "Rain", the latter being completely out of place here). Most of the moments here are weak and dated, consisting of quasi trip-hop rythms, club-oriented tracks and pop/jazz/spoken word whispers that recall the early nineties dance scene but aren`t very engaging or captivating songs. Most of them are too cold, distant and create little or no effect. The record is also too long and by the middle of it all the songs seem to sound the same, generating a bland and generic pop album. Despite the shock factor and (anti)hype, "Erotica" is a weak and uninspired effort, a product of its time that doesn`t make much sense today, both musically and thematically.
For fans only, but overall devoid of interest.