Monday, March 16, 2015

Album Review: Rebel Heart by Madonna

It's the month of March in the year 2015 and pop icon Madonna has a released a new album titled "Rebel Heart".  Let's talk about this album as well as the legacy Madonna will leave.

The first track on the album titled "Living For Love" is the first single off of the album as seen by performances on this year's Grammy's and BRIT Awards.  If you have been paying attention to Madonna in recent years, or perhaps her entire career, you will notice that Madonna marvels in telling stories and addressing issues lyrically that may be avoided by others. The beauty of a song by her are the melodies that will in turn make the song appealing to the masses. Madonna's adaptation to the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene has been a good move. Some EDM purists may not like the inclusion, but Madonna's vocals and lyrics add grace to a track meant to bring people to a dance floor.
The second and third tracks on the album "Devil Pray" and "Ghosttown" share emotions that all of us can relate to in life. These tracks are more tied to the Pop genre rather than an upbeat dance track, but should not receive any lack of recognition. As Madonna has called herself an "Unapologetic Bitch" many a time, the fourth tract with a Reggae vibe with the familiar vocals by Madonna will probably turn into an anthem for feminism. Upon first listen of this song, you may find yourself dancing along.

"Illumanati" the fifth track begins with a list of other popular artists laced with electronic beats that vary in tempo keeping you listening. This applies for the next track "Bitch-I'm Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj)". It's clear the choice to collaborate with famed DJ and Producer Diplo was the best thing for this album.  However, it's not the first time these two have joined forces, with appearances at music festivals and the like.

Your challenge is to listen to the album in entirety, (try Spotify for Free).  Each track belongs on the album, and remember Madonna is not known for her voice, but her message that addresses what others miss. Forget her age, and marvel in her ability to evolve right along with music. Perhaps in years to come we will see Madonna not only as an Pop Icon, but also a Evolutionary Artist. Remember Madonna is the most successful female artist of all time!

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