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Maxim Meyer-Horn

17 Jun

What a Surprise! Madonna’s ‘Madame X’ Is Actually a Good Album

Madonna is without any doubt one of the most iconic singers that have ever graced the entertainment industry. The self-called ‘Queen Of Pop’ is a living legend and is the best selling female artist of all time. Each album of hers was a reinvention of her artistry and had a big impact on the mainstream pop industry. Today, the singer is 60 years old but still determined to stay on her self-build throne. After two commercially less successful albums (they still sold a lot, but in terms of Madonna just way less), Madge had a lot to prove and she surprised us all.

To be honest, we lost our faith in Madonna a little bit after her painful performance at the Eurovision Song Contest about a month ago. People called it a career-killing performance that showed that Madonna’s time is over, but her new album is showing otherwise.

A new identity

Madame X is her first release since her 2015 release Rebel Heart, which failed to become a huge album and gave us the feeling that Madonna was struggling with finding a new convincing musical identity. Luckily enough, that feeling totally faded away on Madame X. The album sounds very modern, straight forward, but also very Madonna without being too forced.

With a duration of over one hour, the album is surely a long pop album, but we aren’t bored at any time. No song feels like an ‘album-filler’ and has its own story to tell. And as we all know, the icon always has a lot to say.

Madame X is a secret agent. Traveling around the world. Changing identities. Fighting for freedom. Bringing light to dark places. She is a dancer. A professor. A head of state. A housekeeper. An equestrian. A prisoner. A student. A mother. A child. A teacher. A nun. A singer. A saint. A whore. A spy in the house of love. I am Madame X.

She’s a political girl

Madonna always knew how to include political statements in her music. On the new album, “Killers Who Are Partying” is not only one of the best songs, but is also a song where she sympathizes with minorities from all over the world. Other strong political infused songs like “Future” or “I Rise” contain also strong and bold messages, that won’t be overheard.

We probably weren’t the only people, that were afraid of Madonna’s new album. Especially since the singles from the album failed to enter the charts. We should’ve known better, because the legendary singer is always in for a surprise. Madame X is actually more than a decent album and has it all. Good ballads, fun summer songs and interesting collaborations from Maluma to Anitta or Swae Lee.

Madonna’s fourteenth studio album is one for the books and definitely deserves a spot in her ‘Best Albums’-list. Welcome back, Madame X!

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