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Oh, Madonna. The queen of pop. She is a woman with drive and a musician with more talent than you can ever understand. I will be honest though, maybe it is my age or the the type of music I grew up listening to, I have never been a huge fan of hers. Not because I don’t like her music, but because I haven’t been around her music. Of course I know her popular, “Like a Virgin,” but I have never owned a Madonna record. I know, shame on me. Slap me on the wrist and call me a bad music student.
Madonna’s Rebel Heart Album is appropriately named. I mean, she does have a rebel heart right? After listening to the album, I can see why she named the album Rebel Heart. As with true Madonna fashion, she is very risqué in her new songs. Madonna manages to stay young and to keep up with the latest trends in music, while maintaining her pop style… in most songs. This album confuses me because it feels like they had a good theme going and then they threw in a few songs that she had lying around that did not fit the theme at all.
The album begins with the lead single, Living For Love, is a fun dance anthem. It would be best described as a 90’s pop song mixed with a modern house beat. Madonna’s voice is on point and the beat rides smoothly. I love everything about this song. I see why it is her lead single.
Unapologetic Bitch is another song that I think was done well. Some how it really fits in with my vision of Madonna- a woman that doesn’t give a WHAT and lives a glamorous and fast life, with no apologies. This is what I like to see from Madonna.
Then the disappointment really sets in… performed with Nicki Minaj, her song Bitch I’m Madonna is a huge FAIL in my opinion. I can’t help but wonder if they couldn’t come up with something better than this. The lyrics are just a cop out and it sounds like something Miley Cyrus would release. It frustrates me because I feel like they just through a dance mix together (that all of the clubs will play) and threw whatever obnoxious lyrics on it that they could and released it. Don’t get me wrong, the beat is HOT, but the song itself is a lazy release for Madonna. I guess they figured Madonna can get away with anything because “Bitch, she’s Madonna”.
Is it just me or does Joan of Arc, Wash All Over Me, Messiah, and Rebel Heart sound like it belongs to another album completely? I am very confused by the Rebel Heart song. I expected it to be upbeat and fast-paced, but it sounds like an 80s-90s pop woman’s empowerment song. It does not fit in with the dance grooves of the majority of the Rebel Heart album.
Overall, Rebel Heart is very confusing. There are individual songs that are genius, fun, and/or beautiful. There are songs that are failures, which is debatable. The album as a whole, however, is just a mess. The compilation of songs doesn’t make sense.
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