You know what? So many great albums came out in 1992. Some of my favourite ones in fact. It was a truly unique time; grunge, shoegaze, stoner rock, sludge, britpop, industrial and indie were making huge strides and emerging as their own genres and blurring the lines between indie and mainstream.
What Madonna was doing with Erotica was pretty brave; taking those underground sounds and making it commercial with the themes she wanted to explore, but it was still only a small fraction of what was going on in the musical landscape of 1992.
Madonna's contribution to that zeitgeist shouldn't be ignored in terms of sexual politics and aesthetics, but I would question, musically, did Erotica have an equal impact? I think the title track itself is perhaps the most interesting song with its bassline, Eastern flavours and dominatrix themes. As with all Madonna albums, there are usual fillers sequenced between dance tracks, ballads and downtempo songs. The album explores genres such as new jack swing and deep bassy blues with the help of Andre Betts, but is let down by the laxed production by Shep Pettibone on other songs that make the album feel lackluster.
Whilst Erotica is an album praised by many fans and does have its merits, for my tastes, it offers far too little for its total runtime of 75 minutes.
For those curious about what else 1992 offered, here are some of my favourite releases:
Manic Street Preachers, Generation Terrorists
Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes
Ride, Going Blank Again
White Zombie, La Sexorcisto
Jesus and Mary Chain, Honey's Dead
L7, Bricks Are Heavy
The Cure, Wish
Skinny Puppy, Last Rights
Ministry, Psalm 69
Sonic Youth, Dirty
Morrissey, Your Arsenal
The Prodigy, Experience
Siouxsie, Twice Upon A Time