Opinion | Why Madonna’s new alter ego, Madame X, seems more desperate than groundbreaking

In a career defined by reinvention, Madonna is at it again.

This weekend, amid a triumph for the ages by Tiger Woods and the hotly anticipated return of Game of Thrones, the Queen of Pop was also elbowing her way back into the culture she has manipulated at will for decades.

Farewell, Madonna. Hello … Madame X?

That’s the name of her upcoming album and new alter ego.

In a 60-second teaser video posted on Sunday, Madonna made it sound like she was joining the CIA: “Madame X is a secret agent travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places.”

Our first glimpse of this sexy sexagenarian is technically a crotch shot, dominated by a right leg in fishnet stockings and a lace-up ankle boot. A piano arpeggio plays as our

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