Madonna-delayed follow-up to nouveau-synth landmark

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Zoot Woman

Living In A Magazine (2001) should have put Zoot Woman at the head of the ’80s-retooling queue that became electroclash. Instead, Madonna made a tour offer he couldn’t refuse to core member Stuart Price (also known as Les Rhythmes Digitales’ Jacques Lu Cont), and the momentum dissolved. With Price returned, their strengths are unchanged: singer-lyricist Johnny Blake’s eerily ’80s-empathetic white soul voice backed by synths, plus strings and guitars to make it more than a simulacrum. Marked development, though, will be needed soon.