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Album Review

Rebel Heart was introduced to the world with an indiscipline uncharacteristic of Madonna. Blame it on hackers who rushed out a clutch of unfinished tracks at the end of 2014, a few months before the record's scheduled spring release. Madonna countered by putting six full tracks up on a digital service, a move that likely inflated the final Deluxe Edition of Rebel Heart up to a whopping 19 tracks weighing in at 75 minutes, but even that unveiling wasn't performed without a hitch: during an ornate performance of "Living for Love," she stumbled on-stage at the BRIT Awards. Such cracks in Madge's armor happily play into the humanity coursing through Rebel Heart (maybe the hiccups were intentional after all?), a record that ultimately benefits from its daunting mess. All the extra space allows ample room for detours, letting Madonna indulge in both Erotica-era taboo-busting sleaze ("Holy Water") and feather-light pop ("Body Shop"). Although she takes a lingering look back at the past on "Veni Vidi Vici" — her cataloging of past hits walks right on the edge of camp, kept away from the danger zone by a cameo from Nas — Rebel Heart, like any Madonna album, looks forward. Opener "Living for Love" announces as much, as its classic disco is soon exploded into a decibel-shattering EDM pulse coming courtesy of co-producer Diplo. Madonna brings him back a few more times — the pairing of the reggae-bouncing "Unapologetic Bitch" and Nicki Minaj showcase "Bitch I'm Madonna," their titles suggesting vulgarity, their execution flinty and knowing — but she cleverly balances these clubby bangers with "Devil Pray," an expert evocation of her folktronica Y2K co-produced by Avicii, and "Illuminati," a sleek, spooky collaboration with Kanye West. These are the anchors of the album, grounding the record when Madonna wanders into slow-churning meditation, unabashed revivals of her '90s adult contemporary mode, casual confession ("I spent sometime as a narcissist"), and defiant celebrations of questionable taste. Undoubtedly, some of this flair would've been excised if the record was a manageable length, but the blessing of the unwieldiness is that it does indeed represent a loosening of Madonna's legendary need for control. Certainly, the ambition remains, along with the hunger to remain on the bleeding edge, but she's allowing her past to mingle with her present, allowing her to seem human yet somewhat grander at the same time.

Customer Reviews

Why are the songs so slow?

Madonna worked with so many DJs and it is hard to believe that most of the songs are so slow. She claims that it is a dance album. And maybe it is a dance album for the elderly aged 80 over. Overall the composition of the songs is not bad but the arrangement is disappointing. It is hard to get through all the 19 songs without falling asleep. She asked her fans not to download the leaked but the leaked sound even better than the published, e.g. wash all over me. To show my support for Madonna, yes I bought the album. If I am not a long time fan, I would not bother.

I'm gonna carry on!

Living for love 好正!好有以前影子!

So far so good.....

Personnally, Confessions On A Dancefloor is the only great album from Madonna over the last ten years. Rebel Heart is OK but not stunning. It is just a better version of MDNA. I agree with someone here that ppl wouldn't bother this CD if they are not a fan of Madonna. I do think Madonna should explore another musical style to present her points of views. It is well-known that Madonna is a great dancer and performer, so there is no need to prove to the world something that she has already done good. We, as a great fan of her, are expecting another side of Madonna. Maybe just a simple stage setting and sing a good song without electronic elements.


Born: 16 August 1958 in Bay City, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After stars reach a certain point, it's easy to forget what they became famous for and concentrate solely on their personas. Madonna is such a star. She rocketed to stardom so quickly in 1984 that it obscured most of her musical virtues. Appreciating her music became even more difficult as the decade wore on, as discussing her lifestyle became more common. However, one of Madonna's greatest achievements is how she has manipulated the media and the public with her music, her videos, her publicity,...
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