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Thursday, 5 July, 2001, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Madonna at Earls Court: Press reviews
Madonna on stage at Earls Court
Most songs were from Madonna's last two albums
Press reviews of Madonna's concert at Earls Court, London, 4 July.


The Times

Madonna looked a bit nervy, but compensated admirably with very shiny hair and excellent mascara. Her silly "I want to singy singy singy" song came next, followed by the ceremonial strapping on of the guitar for the scuzzy Candy Perfume Girl.


The Guardian

Whether flying across the stage on wires or delivering Music's title track from a huge spinning record, Madonna has an utterly compelling stage presence. With its perfect dance routines, special effects, devoted audience and hint of bullish arrogance, the Drowned World show befits the world's most famous woman.


The Independent

The show is built most around her last two albums, Ray of Light and Music, a wise choice given that they're her most accomplished records. But for all their limitations, her old hits were great pop songs, and her fans, myself among them, would probably have sold their livers to have heard Vogue, Like a Prayer and Express Yourself.


The London Evening Standard

If you are impressed by big bangs for your buck then she delivers those too, thanks to some nifty Kung Fu choreography and a few "gosh, wow, what the hell was that" type flying sequences. Personally I prefer Madonna in her more natural guise as the Music Lady.

The video-friendly Paradise Not For Me and Frozen are impressive coups but Lo Que Siente La Mujer and a totally revamped La Isla Bonita herald the human touch that she lays on so well.


The Daily Telegraph

The show picked up right at the end with versions of La Isla Bonita and Holiday but it was too little in the way of unforced entertainment too late.

Inevitably, there are rumours that this will be her last tour. If this was one of her final appearances in front of her newly adopted home fans, it would be a shame to have bowed out without airing some of her more durable hits again.

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