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Ray Of Light

Madonna

1998

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Ray Of Light

Rating

3.05

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A whole lot of investment for a maximum of 15 minutes pay-off. You can certainly die before listening to this one, and in all honesty, at 1 hour 6 mins in length, there is a good chance that you might.

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Top tier mid-career Madonna. Confident, composed, and coooool

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I was pleasantly surprised by this, as downtempo stuff usually isn't my bag. And it is long, though the beauty of the production can't be overstated (Actually, maybe it can when the cheesy strings come into Little Star.) Madonna's voice doesn't have much zing to it here, but if it did the whole album would have to be retuned to it. She takes you through the hour of music, and the melodies are pretty if not very hooked, and the calming effect of the music is undeniable. I tend to prefer my trip-hop with more of the mentioned zing, but Madonna is absolutely my bag.

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i can appreciate it but i'd never listen to this kind of music willingly. also no 13-track album should be over an hour

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Just look how quickly rich and gauzy becomes "deep" and "meaningful", the shorthand for which is--sigh--an Indian song. I note William Orbit is credited on that. It appears not even the best artists were immune to 90s ambient wank.

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A little like OG Lana Del Rey. Cool electronica style.

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Easily the best Madonna album.

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4.5

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Como no iba a estar Madonna en esta lista. Aunque no me esperaba este disco, muy bueno para volver a esos maravillosos 90's.

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5

This album is without a doubt the singular high watermark for 90s American pop, and potentially Madonna's entire career. Between her other albums, I struggle to pick a favorite between Ray of Light, Madonna and Like a Prayer.

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5

ну бест оф зэ бэст оф зе бест!!!! виллиам орбит лучший

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Pop + eurotrance & Madonna

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This was great 90s pop, Madonna voice is incredible

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A definitive Madonna album. Madonna has constantly reinvented herself with each new album. And through her career until Confessions, she successfully took modern technology and made it her own unmatched by anyone else. Madonna's work has always been tied to synths and electronica, but you can hear the evolution of music in her albums. In Ray of Light, she modifies her Erotica dance and Bedtime Stories R&B strategies with the rising techno scene, which was never that big until Madonna slapped her label onto it. This is an electro-pop masterpiece. It is incredibly well produced, with innovative techno effects that make tracks suitable for dancing, studying, or sitting back and having a drink. Her vocals are mostly influenced while her last two albums, soft and sexy, reflecting the speed and subject matter of the lyrics. Just hear how perfectly entwined her vocals are with the techno sounds in "Skin", I can't believe how perfectly they blend together. There are plenty of perfect tracks on this album. "Drowned World" is such a surreal and sad reflection of her relationship with fame. "Nothing Really Matters" is the friendliest for newcomers and old fans. "Ray of Light" is a perfect dance track, although I admit it sticks out from the other tracks. "Frozen" is like listening to a movie, with dramatic build ups, tense effects, orchestral strings, and spacious yet gloomy vocals. And most of the non-singles are suitable for any dance mix. My only two complaints are that it's super long, and the last few tracks feel like bonus tracks, belonging to Bedtime Stories. I get that dance tracks should be long, 5 minutes, but softer tracks like "Little Star" could be cut a little or just entirely. It's hard for me to decide which Madonna album is my favorite. But I can definitely say this is the one with the least flaws, and combined with its influence and outstanding production, it's one of the best pop albums out there.

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Certified banger

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I am a Madonna fan. This album is one of the ones in my normal circulation of 10or 20 albums that I listen to on a daily basis and it is GOOD.

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Musa máxima.

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Whenever there is a phase in Madonna's career, no matter how brief and noteworthy, it all serves a use for a section of the fanbase to hang their hats on. Ray of Light is the culmination of a return to the public's good graces that began with Bedtime Stories and peaked with her starring role in Evita. Crafting compositions about enlightenment and motherhood, this is Madonna's most mature outing; a record that positions her as a sage for all things groundbreaking and revelatory (not that she wasn't beforehand). Sooner or later, she'll slide back down into dangerous waters of irrelevancy but, for a while, Madonna became someone to love again. This album is proof.

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p829. 1998. 5 stars. Madge on top form. Not a weak track on this. Excellent production. Still sounds great 20 years on.

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The album where Madonna remade herself and brought EDM to the mainstream. Solid stuff. Best track: The Power of Good-Bye

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The last good Madonna album according to my wife

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Was awesome

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Hyvä levy, positiivinen levy ja näin. Vähän nuo intialaiset kikkailut välissä pisti harmittamaan, mutta kokonaisuutena positiivinen, hyvä levy. Madonnasta oli kuva ehkä hieman enemmän joko kasaridiscon tai myöhemmin hieman modernimman discomusan esittäjänä, mutta tämä oli aika rauhallisen miellyttävää musiikkia. Nelosen arvoista menoa!

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Great pop with an ambient/trance twist

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A nice return to form.

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Of the Madonna albums I've listened to, this is definitely my fave. Love that William Orbit production, and I'm a sucker for electronica with world music blended in. Fave track - it always used to be "Frozen", but this time around the title track really jumped out at me. It's quite a tune! Got me pretty energised!

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A stunning pop record with incredible diversity. Definitely electronic-based, but I’d argue brings a fair amount of alternative rock to the table as well. Unfortunately drags a bit in the second half. STANDOUTS: -Drowned World / Substitute for Love -Swim -Candy Perfume Girl -Skin -The Power of Good-Bye

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false

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Didn't expect this from Madonna

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I forgot just how beautiful madonnas voice is. I grew up on OG Madonna and when this album came out, it was “weird” but so Madonna :) I didn’t listen to it much because I was so nostalgic for her old stuff. I realize now just how ahead of our time this sound was. It fits way better into today’s music. <>.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Drowned World/Substitute For Love, Swim, Ray of Light, Candy Perfume Girl, The Power of Good-Bye Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: I really liked this album's vibes. 5 stars? No. But it was a very enjoyable listen despite nothing really happening. A clean 4.

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Weaker 4, some of the songs were quite great, however I wouldn't mind if the was about 10 minutes shorter.

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Not bad pero prefiero alguno de los anteriores

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4

A really good, nostalgic electro-pop album. Singles like Frozen immediately bring me back to my childhood.

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Album being delighted with thick bass with soft and gentle vocals.

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мать навалила клубнячка 😎 На самом деле ну Мадонна, хули. До примадонны, канеш, не дотягивает, но марку держит. Отличная фоновая музыка для поддержания приподнятого настроения (кроме первого и финального трека). Особо сказать нечего, песни пустые довольно, как по мне. Слушаются и слушаются. Привлекают внимание только различные экспериментальные вставки, в один момент как будто даже атональный хор каких-то волынок появился, что я вполне бы рассчитывал бы увидеть на альбоме позднего Аукцыона, а не главной поп-певицы девяностых. Драмы довольно часто прикольные сбивки дают, ну и всё такое. За поиск разнообразия вполне могу семёру въебать, жалко ко второй части альбома интересных элементов становится меньше. как-то так, хз

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flows really well, some songs better than others but good vibes

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Madonna at one of her peaks. Is and was a good sound

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pop perfection. I'd heard the titular track before but didn't know its name. more vibey than I expected. nice guitars. I liked the spiritual interlude, reminded me of the Beatles going 2 India. favs: Swim, Skin, Nothing Really Matters, Shanti / Ashtang

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lazy disco-y lushness

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This actually bangs in places. Makes me want to be in an early 2000s action film. Could have been trimmed down a bit, but otherwise loved it.

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My favorites: Drowned World / Substitute For Love Frozen Sky Fits Heaven The Power Of Good-Bye To Have And Not To Hold

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Ya know not bad

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ikonik olmuş fazlasıyla

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Kolejna odslona Madonny na liscie, tym razem juz z okresu gdzie byla niekwestionowana krolowa popu, a jak to krolowe maja prawa do wszelakich eksperymentow i wyznaczania nowych granic muzycznych, tak wiec Ray of Light jest odsluchem o wiele bardziej zroznicowanym niz like a prayer, a nawet bym powiedzial, ze mniej popowo a bardziej elektronicznie, bo ludzmi odpowiedzialnymi za produkcje sa tu william orbit, patrick leonard i rick nowels, czyli szpece w dziedzinie tri hopu i szeroko pojetej elektroniki co czuc podczas odsluchu, bo plyta brzmi jak cos co mogl wypuscic moby, nie ma tutaj zbyt duzo zywych instrumentow, wszystko jest produkowanie elektronicznie co daje albumowi 2k00 feeling, ale zachowany jest dobry balans pomiedzy trakami wolniejszymi, a kawalkami z wiekszymi bpmami, jesli chodzi o szybkosc albumu, to pacing przypomina tutaj troche sinusoide startuje wolno, zeby osignac najwyzsze bpmy na sky fits heaven, po czym traczek inspirowany hinduizmem i joginizmem shanti/ashtangi, ciekawy i egzotyczny kawalek, bo jest on spiewany w hindi, a tekst pochodzi podobno z tekstow wedyjskich, reszta plyty utrzymana jest tez raczej w wolniejszym tempie, ktory pasuje do kontentu lirycznego jaki serwuje madonna, bo wydaje mi sie, ze plyta jest o wiele bardziej osobista niz poprzedni material ktory mialem okazje sluchac, wiele odniesiec do swojej malej corki, little star jest chyba nawet bezposrednim tekstem o niej do niej, ale odsluch sie troche dluzyl, bo jednak jest to godzina i szesc minut na 13 piosenkach, pomimo tego plycie nie mozna odmowic innowacyjnosci, bo o elektroniczny album popowy z tak pelnym wokalem, ktory jest jeszcze lepszy niz na like a prayer, a calkiem inny od tego ktory znam juz z mtviowej ery madonny z 2k10, jest on pelny a jednak lagodny brzmieniowo i jak kameleon dopasowuje sie on do elektronicznych beatow zaserwowanych przed producerke, ta sinusoida o ktorej mowilem wynika wlasnie z tego, ze praktycznie plyta podzielona jest pomiedzy trzech producentow, wiec kazdy odcisnal na nim pietno swojego stylu poczatek orbitowy, srodkowa czesc leonardowa i koncowka nowelsa, wlasnie dlatego piki plejkowe tez ida wedlug tej zasady po kawalku od kazdego, zaczynajac od poczatku popowa ballada o niezbyt popowym temacie, bo mordach i gwaltach, kolejny sky fits heaven napakowany kontentem joginskowym, bo chyba taka filozofie sobie ogarnela w tamtym czasie, ostatnim kawalkiem na plejke bedzie little star, czyli utwor o ktorym juz wspomnialem wczesniej, kolejny raz poznaje artyste na nowo przez spojrzenie z perspektywny innego albumu, a o ile nie jestem wielkim fanem elektroniki, tak takie jej polaczenie z spojnym kontentem lirycznym i wokalem topowym, jesli chodzi o muzyke popularna naprawde robi robote

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very solid, enjoyed it more than I thought.

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Fun when it came out. Dated now but broken new ground for her at the time.

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It's a William Orbit album innit, and a good William Orbit album at that. It just happens to have Madonna singing over the top. It probably would have been better without Madonna singing on it but then it probably wouldn't have made this list. So there you go.

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Madonna reinvents herself again! I'm used to the OG pop Madonna but enjoyed this alternative electronica vibe. I would have personally chosen one of her earlier albums, but reading the Wiki it seems this album was groundbreaking at the time (I'm too young to remember!) As others have said, it was a tad too long, but who am I to argue with the Queen of Pop? I liked 'Frozen' and the title track the most.

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At first, I was not really into it. But then the album picked up for me after a few tracks. Skin & Sky Fits Heaven are beautiful. Pleasantly surprised, as this is my first ever listen to a whole Madonna album.

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Electronic dance pop. Surprisingly good time.

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Her best and includes Frozen, a VFX job from yesteryear

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Good

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Without the vocals it would sound like a cyberpunk computer game soundtrack, and I don't think the vocals take anything away from that.

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Still remember that after a sequence of rather mediocre albums -say anything after Like a Prayer and this albums- and a string of singles that were good but not great (except This Used to Be My Playground but that was with Shep Pettibone again) ..suddenly ..Frozen was released and after that: the Ray Of Light single and then Substitute of Love and the Power of Goodbye.. in short: the best 4 pop singles of the 90s, seemingly out of nowhere. So bought the album but felt a bit disappointed as it was made in the same way as in the 80s: great singles (*****) some (very) decent albums tracks (***/****) and some filler (*/**). Think True Blue or Like A Prayer. Still feel the same after listening to it again today. The 4 singles and the William Orbit contributions are as fantastic as ever, just like a couple of other tracks, but overall it falls short to be of 5-star, just like True Blue and Like A Prayer (to compare, for me, her first album and Like A Virgin are both 5-star).

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Blown away by this one tbh. I like a lot of Madonna's big hits but found the couple of albums of hers that I'd listened to a bit samey and inconsistent This was a massive departure from anything I expected, the opening track set the scene so perfectly- sounded like Enya singing over a Trent Reznor instrumental. Then there's some exploration with trip-hop and big club bangers, with some fantastic sounding synths and a really wide range of instrumentation and grooves. It tailed off slightly for me towards the end, and did start to feel its length, but the mysterious and slinky closing track was another highlight. All in all a great album, very different to what I was expecting, and definitely something I'll revisit

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Not what I expected from a Madonna album! It had its naff moments, but a few corkers and just generally a good time. I have been singing Ray of light non-stop for the last few days, which might just eek this one to a 4.

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8,5

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As much as I've enjoyed the "hits" of Madonna, never did I think I'd enjoy a whole album. TIL.

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A very solid album. Like the production and more laid back vibe for Madonna

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I love this album. I think it's a much more honest Madonna, post her 80s heyday and pre her 'gone a bit mad' era. The production is really good as well. Not all songs are brilliant but overall I do like it a lot

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Classic Madge!! Absolutely lovely, great beats, perfect for dancing, interesting sounds, great melodies and lyrics. Sky fits Heaven is absolutely banging and of course Ray of Light what a banger.

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6.5/10 FT: Frozen

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Part white lady spiritual, part trip hop. Way too long. I enjoyed it at first but an hour is way too much of this. Favorite tracks: "Candy Perfume Girl", "Skin"

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Fine pop, it did seem a bit...overindulgent.

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Madonna. Kind of a middling Madonna album. It was okay. Ray of Light was pretty good. Everything else was kinda whatever? It's Madonna, what else do you want?

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First time listening to a Madonna album and I wasn’t disappointed. I liked the production and most of all I didn’t expect it to be so personal and mature. Its an okay 90’s pop album but has too much misses. 6.2/10

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was alright

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Decent album, but not Madonna's best.

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Pretty good album very late 90s with some of the electronic music of the day. Singles are great but rest of the album is mostly ambient and nothing too mind blowing

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Way better than I expected

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I didn’t feel like listening to madonna today

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Nothing wrong with this album. But this Madonna album is not special to me.

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Surprised I knew a couple on here. Very plagued by the late 90s, but I do remember my mom singing "Ray of Light" in the car, which is hilarious now. I mean, it's alright but nothing great.

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Don't really have a lot to say about this. I'm not even sure how I feel about it really. I don't love it but it does make me vaguely nostalgic for the era it was produced in. Not that I was listening to this at that time.

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Ahhhh, her “electronica” album. Mostly filler formula: overproduce a generic track in one of the many electronic sub genres, and add Madonna vocals. Some parts eye rollingly bad, some are quite good. Frozen is a legit great track.

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Very nostalgic hearing the song "Ray of Light" again, brought me back. Overall kind of a snoozer.

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Si, hay dos canciones que destacan algo más pero no te cambia la vida

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Can’t say I knew about Madonna’s Trip Hop/IDM phase.

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The nostalgia kick was nice for a while, but I cannot stand pop albums that are more than 46 minutes long

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Good memories from MTV in the 90's https://youtu.be/SnUu2E1pjm0

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Surprisingly good

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L'últim bon disc de Madonna (com a mínim, fins 2021). Més per les textures i atmòsferes al llarg del disc que per les cançons en sí, tot i que aquí és on descansen grans temes com 'Frozen' o 'Ray of Light'

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Some really good songs & the William Orbit production makes it a decent listen

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Very ElectroPop and dancy. good vibes, but nothing really funky.

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No es de lo mejor de Madonna

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Solid album overall enjoyable but not one I’d rush to listen to again.

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Great grooves overshadowed by sometimes cringe lyrics.

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Ambitious both musically and lyrically and it works.

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Really enjoyed the 'fuzzy' sound of the album, it sounded more like a U2 album at times.

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Favourite Songs: Ray of Light, Frozen & The Power of Good-Bye

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Solid pop record, can see how this influenced a lot of music at the time

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It's good, I'm just not in the mood rn

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Alo, nisam ovo očekivao. Trip-hop/dancepop kind of thing. Nije loš album, ali mi iskreno nije bolji od Like a Prayer što sam prije nekoliko tjedana slušao za ovaj challenge. Zanimljiv nadasve album, pogotovo me iznenadilo, nije ono što sam očekivao od albuma kao tipa Like a Prayer.

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I’m transported back to being driven to violin lessons as a kid when this was all over the adult contemporary station we would listen to on the way. Mixing electronica/techno and pop, it isn’t a bad sound overall. I really like Madge's voice on this. But these songs are really repetitive; not in that they sound the same, but each song just keeps pounding down the same musical motif again and again. It’s kind of draining. Favourite track: “Little Star”

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Tolerable.

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Iconic, but wasn't a fan of most of the songs

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Not my favourite Madonna tracks

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I only have listened to Madonna's energetic, carefree and fun hits before, so an ambient, hypnotic, and soothing sound is not what I expected at all to hear on "Ray of Light". Having said that, the record is extremely well produced, though most tracks overstay their welcome by a bit over a minute, and Madonna's vocal performance comes across as lazy at times. 3/5.

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It was a ray of light!

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It's funny, I've never been a big Madonna fan (although I don't hate her either) and I've also never been big into electronic music, but Madonna + electronic music seems to work. Fun fact - I grew up very close to where Madonna grew up in Michigan, although she is a few years older than me and I didn't know her. 3 stars.

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more ravey than I was expecting

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I'm not a fan and this album didn't change too much my impression of Madonna's work. It's nice, but (except for one or another classical song not included in this specific album) it's just mainstream pop music and does not mean anything at all.

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I never really liked Madonna’s music, but this one does sound more mature. Still, the album never transcends the level I’d refer to as decent background music.

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Not the typical poppy Madonna. I prefer this Madonna.

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This is sitting somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars for me. I found it enjoyable, and much more enjoyable and surprising than what my perception of a Madonna album could be. But I lack the true context to really get why this is a great Madonna album. Why this one? Why not the others? I’m also kind of “over” the whole “white lady discovers ethnic music and thinks she can do it better” thing

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3

Not a huge Madonna fan but I liked some of the songs from this album!

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3

Ray of Light is a pop hit, though these sounds are such a time capsule of late 90s electronica. Nothing Really Matters is the first track that I think the whole sound grooves for me. To Have and Not to Hold paints in the same sonic space as the soundtrack from Nier: Automata

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3,5/5

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The title track is great, and the rest of the songs are good, but the album just starts to sound the same from one song to the next.

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Pop com várias camadas.

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Missed opportunity to combine the Europop beats with real catchy songs

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These albums, so far into an artist’s career, really judge longevity and evolution. Madonna definitely has it. However, the run time and basic songwriting with dull 90s aesthetic make it less appealing than her earlier work.

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3

Ok, with a couple of great songs - Frozen and The Power of Goodbye. Sounds expensive, well produced, designed to be a hit, and slightly dated

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which musical incarnation of Madge do we have today? Ah, its the edgy 90s dance music influenced madge. this is probably the best version of her. if you were to give all of the albums on this list a rank from 1 to 1001 this would probably scrape into the top 400. weird underhand compliment but i think i'm trying to say is i enjoyed about 50% of this album. i'm really not looking forward to the Ali G era Madge.

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Somebody needs to take her to A home and leave her. She looks like she should be called ray too these days. Have a vague memory of fingering a Thai girl to this song at some point. Really helped with the rhythm and flow and the facial she gave me afterwards was glorious

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I had no idea Madonna release a trance album. This was something else. Probably won't get a re listen.

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Mature dance music. Very listenable, albeit a little bit background/dinner party style. Coincidentally to the song "Frozen" the album feels quite glacial: sophisticated, but lacking in singing emotion which fits the music, but not the emotional lyrics. No True Blue, or Like a Prayer, but one of Madonna's best. A high 3 out of 5.

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A good pop album

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Produced by William Orbit, a warm electro-bopper with stand-out singles from new mum Madge.

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Superior pop. Difficult to listen objectively to Madonna without being coloured by her ruthless pursuit of fame at any cost and deliberate religious and sexual provocation. She's either an empowering force for femininity or a spoilt brat, depending on your point of view. No denying that the pop is above average, but doubtless she has the means to obtain the best writers/producers. It just isn't authentic. I don't believe she cares about music at all, it's just a means to an end - fame. Look at me everyone, aren't I great?

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3

Not bad, some decent tracks

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Well-produced techno/dance pop album from Madonna. It has some good songs, but for me, this sounds a bit too subdued overall and at times somewhat uninspired.

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Used to like it better in the past. Still nice to listen some songs, but overall it´s a bit "flat".

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Ihan kunneeltavaa poppia ja tuli teinivuodet mieleen. Saattais tämän joskus kuunnella toistekin.

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3

Ray of Light ***** Rest of the album, meh

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Not what I expected from Madonna. Not that I was super familiar with her breadth of work, though. This was a chill techno-pop album. It had an interesting blend of influences and I enjoyed the listen. Nothing really super remarkable though that would make me want to listen again though.

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I remember when this album came out. There are a few songs that I like, but on the whole, this was not one of my favorite Madonna albums

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Interesting and better than expected.

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Had it in my mind that I loved this era of Madonna, listening to the album though there's no massive stand out tunes and it's a real mixed bag. Frozen stands out but this is really just a start for her re-invention.

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2.7 - decent listen, but not something I’d go back to. Didn’t enjoy the electronic vibe as much as some of her earlier work, but probably like Frozen the most of all the tracks.

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Trip hop Madonna. Who knew? Not bad, not great!

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William Orbit's electronica influence is all over this as Madonna sought to re-invent herself. Spiritual and dancey, there are some good tracks on here

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Better than I remember

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pfffff. tired

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Alright for background but not mind blowing

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-A nice album, but not really in my style -some pretty cool stuff happening in lots of the instrumentals, particularly in "Ray Of Light" and "Sky Fits Heaven." Some stuff sounded industrial/Nine Inch Nails like.

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Better than I thought it was going to be. Electronics influence is good.

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ambience

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Two songs don't make album great

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5.5/10

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Not aged well - Madonna is really for singles not albums.

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Was ready to like this but couldn’t. Too busy being cool and contemporary instead of writing banging pop tunes

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Not for me thanks

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All sounded the same.

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Interesting ethereal and ambient music for the first half of songs, but then got a little too clubby and overproduced for my liking. Highlights: Drowned World/Substitute for Love Swim

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Disliked

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That was.... something. Not really digging it. Not a great vocal performance overall and the music sounds like what you hear in a dark, smokey club with during a drug trip scene in a movie that has an epilepsy warning due to all the flashing lights and quick camera movements. That is a generalization, since there were moments that broke away from that, but that’s the overall vibe I got Favorite tracks: “Frozen”

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whatever, not something I would ever listen if it wasn't on this list.

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Didn't love it, pretty boring and couldn't get through most of the album.

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Lentíiiiisimo

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Really not sure an hour of 90s Madonna is needed but wasn't too bad

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Not sure what this services deal with the 90s is, but one thing we clearly disagree on is the importance of 90s music in the grand scheme of all music.

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Interesting

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Levyn alussa fiilis oli ihan okei, mutta mitä pidemmälle kuunteli, sitä enemmän alkoi tylsistyttää. Ray of Light -biisin rumpupoljento toi mieleen Rednexin! :D Ylipitkän levyn biisit tuntuivat toistavan itseään ja sisältökin taisi olla jotain jooga- ja itsetutkiskelukuraa. Ei jatkoon, vaikka eihän Madonna nyt kovin huonostikaan laulanut.

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Pretty boring. Didn't dislike it as much as I thought I would though. Gave up about track 10

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Very pop, which isn't so bad, but I don't think I'd come back to this album

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Not my favourite iteration of Madonna, a bit too trippy hippy for me! This was Kabalah Madonna and it shows. Best song The Power of Goodbye and Frozen.

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Didn't think pop could be so drab. Best track: Ray of Light

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Lacklustre

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Not really my thing

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Low vibration tonal decency with some rocky guitar licks. Dancy popy too. A bit of yawner in the grand scheme of Madonna. Might be her worst album.

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Meh. Didn't really give this one a fair listen. All I really noticed was her voice which sounded great.

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Like most of her albums… they just bang on. Couple of good singles and that’s it. Defo greatest hits kinda artist!

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I have never been a Madonna fan and this album didn’t change that. Critics cite this as the greatest pop album ever? I don’t get it. It was over an hour of sameness with very little to break it up. I’m being generous to give it a 2.

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I like this album, particularly Drowned World / Substitute for Love and Swim. I also like the upbeat dance music. Not very consistent throughout.

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“Ray of Light” by Madonna (1998) Would it be shocking to say that techno-pop seems artificial? It sounds cool, but where’s the soul? But first let’s deal with the message of this novel collection of songs that beg to be taken seriously. The artist behind this album comes across like the girl in eighth grade who was pretty, but was dismissed by everyone because she was conceited. With lyrics that are often inane (“There's no greater power than the power of good-bye”) and internally contradictory (“Let your judgments go, that’s how our future should be”) she reveals an intensity that lacks humility. The multiple themes are uniformly self absorbed and completely uncompelling. How else does one treat a complaint such as “I had so many lovers who settled for the thrill of basking in my spotlight”? How does a mere mortal relate to such a sadness? Or how about this one: “the students rape their teachers . . . while the churches burn their preachers”? As a burned preacher, I take serious umbrage with that one. I think the message can all be summed up in this truly brilliant line: “Why do all the things I say sound like the stupid things I've said before?” Thank you. We hear on this album some genuinely attractive melodies, delivered with confidence and colored with elaborate if overly artificial electronic pop arrangements. So far so somewhat good. But they are laid down with a stunted creativity that sounds as though her paid collaborators are reluctant to offend her. The result is gimmicky. Whatever power there is in her pleasant enough voice is frequently smothered by dance floor whiz-bang sounds. She has nice control in the lower part of her range (less so upstairs), but it’s often supplanted by the too-heavy effects. This, along with some irritatingly idiosyncratic diphthongs (e.g., “er” sounds like “ewer” and “ai” sounds like “aeeyai”), results in her demotion to the second tier among female vocalists. The bass lines frequently have too much gain and sustain, muddying the sound and at times even clouding the chord changes. It would be more danceable if it were crisper. The exaggerated techno environment puts one the mood for cardio, not dance. Twenty years after its release feel like fifty. The lyrics and melody of “Little Star” are very good—a simple lullaby, beautiful even. Why did it have to be spiced up with heavy traffic techno gizmos? After all, she’s the one who complains (in “Mer Girl”) about “my daughter that never sleeps”. No wonder. Turn down the Moog, Mommy. There are nice eastern influences in some of the compositions and arrangements, but it would have more authentically produced with actual eastern instruments and musicians. Maybe her cultural appropriation budget was limited. I think she either misspelled or mispronounced Vunde gurunam caranaravinde Sandarsita-svatma-sukhavabodhe Nihsreyase jangalikayamane. Change my mind. 2/5

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When I started listening to this I thought it was going to be excellent, but became more and more disenfranchised as I worked my way through it. A handful of really great tracks, and plenty of tracks which were similar in sound but much weaker overall. I feel that getting rid of a few of the tracks, and shortening the length of some of the others, would have resulted in a much stronger album. I did really like some of the production and instrumentation (William Orbit's influence), but even that gets a bit monotonous as it's all pretty similar sounding. I think it's fair to say I was bored shitless by the time I got to the end. (2.3)

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Didn't get all the way through. Too 90s for my taste.

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1 or 2 bangers from an old banger

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Beetje saai album. De titelsong steekt met kop en schouders uit boven de rest van het album

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Meh.

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Once such a daring and courageous beast, this effort seems rather lazy and insipid. Just throwing some EDM into the mix, because, well why not? Madonna reminds me of a wounded sealion gasping for air as it watches its pups be fucked to death by the predatory ghost of Sir David Attenborough.

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Eh. Not my thing.

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Vraiment pas mon style j'ai eu de la difficulté à l'écouter et ne me suis pas rendu à la fin. 1h12 pour cet album c'est trop pour 13 chansons.

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91. Ray of Light - Madonna 13 tracks. I don't mind a bit of Madonna, in fact I quite like some of her early stuff, but this isn't a good album. It's not awful, but it's not far off. I bet even Madge doesn't like this album. 2/5

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It's OK. There's a couple of really good tracks but I did get a bit bored as it went on.

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2/5 not one of her finest works

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A couple of good tracks. Certainly not something I would listed to on a regular basis. Plenty of forgettable ones too.

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Ihan ok ja muistoja Viva/MTV/Jyrki-ajoilta heräsi. Ei kuitenkaan tajuntaan iskevä

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No idea why this Madonna album made the list

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This is kind of a weird album. I've never heard an album from Madonna in its entirety, but there are a lot of songs that just seem off. This album seems to come from an odd time in Madonna's career, and there are other albums from this time period that I would rather listen to. Highlight: 5.

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In school, I was told that if you want to know what a Shakespeare sonnet was about, all you need to do is to read the last two lines. The songs in this album are the embodiment of that sentiment. Once you listen to the first couple minutes, you've listened to the entire song. I think that the good in this album is how complex the compositions are and her voice, but they're heavily outweighed by how the songs drag on and on. Favorite track: Nothing Really Matters

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I really like Frozen (song), otherwise boring

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This is not a bad record, some fine moments! But compared to the rest of this list I feel I have to give a 2.

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Erm I'm not sure I actually emjoyed this one that much - should I have done? Just wasn't my thing and found some of them super irritating. Maybe this wasn't the right thing for a dull work day

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what a huge pile of crap

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Not my type of music

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Está viejo esto ya

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Really not for me this one

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was für ne langweilige scheiße, da fällt mir nichts zu ein """Lieblingssong(s)""": 1. Frozen 2. -------------------------------- 3. -------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Худшее из того, что слышал в рамках списка. И эта отвратительность... она не в раздражительности. Она в пустоте. А точнее в пустоте, позиционирующей себя как полноту. Да, я могу прослушать новый для себя по звучанию арт- альбом и также ощутить поначалу пустоту и неприятие. Но мне хватит свести 2 и 2, чтобы прийти к выводу, что я что-то не понимаю. Тут же ничего не понятного вроде бы и нет. Пустые аранжировки, пустые вокальные партии, пустые тексты. Музыка, которую будто слушаешь в примерочной торгового центра. Звуковые обои. Да, может и компетентнее оценивать альбом как вещь-в-себе, в отрыве от реалии. Тогда да, могу попытаться найти приятные мотивы, припевы, которые мог бы напевать... Но зачем? Думаю, избавившись от подросткового роцкодрочерства я ныне везде что-то хорошее могу найти. Frozen вот вполне приятная. И что теперь, единицы никому не ставить? Думаю, всё же имею право их ставить тому, где могу найти что-то хорошее... но при этом ненавижу всей душой. А тут этот случай. Задаюсь вопросом, откуда пошла эта тема с сильными независимыми женщинами, с серьёзным лицом напевающих какую-то попсовую унылую хуйню. ВИА ГРА с их бриллиантами, цветками и ножами, Бейонсе с её сингл лэди. Где начало. У меня познания невелики, но почему-то всегда на роль источника претендовала Мадонна. Для меня именно подобный кал и испоганил попс. При короле Майкле то такой хуйни вроде не было. Если только на маргинальном положении. Не, пускай этот альбом будет в 1001 альбоме, что нужно послушать. Но не чтобы насладиться, а чтобы ужаснуться от массового безвкусия. Чтобы услышать звук безликого капитализма, вырождающегося общества потребления.

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Madonna explora muchas cosas interesantes musicalmente, pero no es para mí.

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Not for me at all.

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1998: Ray of Light

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„Und was hörst du so?“ „Charts.“ 1.1

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I never understood Madonna's popularity. Don't get me wrong. Can she sing? Yes. Has she written, recorded, and produced several hit songs. Sure thing. But she's pretty average in my opinion - and this album is evidence of that. These songs sound like a hundred other songs that came out around this time - there's nothing really innovative or different about it. Every song is 6 minutes long and they could have been 3. In fact, the whole album could have been one 3-minute song. They all sound the exact same. It's like the soundtrack for a Disney movie that was way to sad and weird to make it to theaters. And, even though I'm not a fan of Madonna, this album cannot be her best effort. Not sure why it's on the list.

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Awe, man. Do I really have to? This just sounds like producers have finally mastered ProTools and want to make everything sound like an AI robot wrote it. Whereas MIDI allowed 80s/90s bands to perfect polyrhythms and live layering, this era of 00s records just made everything lifeless and bland. Madonna has great records from the MIDI-era. I'm sure this is considered a "return to form" in terms of commercial sales, but it has none of her early charm. And, it came out at a time where I never ever ever ever could have given it a chance. I had officially checked out on main stream pop (have since returned) and considered it an example of what good music was not. Can I give this single star to Janis Joplin's Pearl?

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Fuck sake. Madonna. An ageing cockwomble struggling for a sense of relevance in the strange modern world. Stumbling around like a drunk auntie at a wedding, Madonna seems to be both uninterested and entirely up for it all in one. I felt nothing listening to this.

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cheesy as fuck i couldn’t

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I hated this album. Trying to be so dance/pop but just sucks.

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No thanks.

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Weird boring beats. Dull lyrics. Really shit

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