Hear her roar

RE “Sweetness, Sex and Willpower,” April 24: Would Ann Powers devote so many words at the beginning of an album review to the cover art of Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger or Prince? I was taken aback at the sexist tone of her review of Madonna’s “Hard Candy.” Would the artists I mentioned merit such an analysis of their fading sexuality, or is that reserved for women only?

By the way, Madonna just signed a huge deal with Live Nation that requires more albums and tours, so I hardly think “Hard Candy” is “one last roar” before she “mellows into the autumn of her years.” But surely the L.A. Times pop music critic knows that?

Lisa El-Farra

Yorba Linda