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Ray of Light

Madonna Audio CD
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Never underestimate Madonna's power of persuasion: by nearly all critical accounts, Ray of Light, Madonna's first album of new material since 1994's Bedtime Stories, and her first since motherhood, is her richest, most accomplished record yet. While Ray of Light is being tagged as Madonna's big leap into electronica, it's important to note two things: first, her music has always had close ties to dance culture, and, second, her collaborator William Orbit is no Chemical Brother. Though it has all the latest blips, bleeps, and crackles electronica has to offer, Ray of Light is still largely an adult album, completely within Madonna's realm. Still, Orbit's tasteful sonic constructions provide Madonna with her most adventurous, hippest musical backdrop ever. What's more, the arrangements and production are understated enough to highlight an even bigger development: fresh from singing lessons on the Evita set, Madonna's vocal range, depth, and clarity have never been stronger. But larger pipes don't necessarily make for deeper, truer music. Never a master lyricist, Madonna's words have worked best when they've practically been slogans ("Vogue," "Express Yourself"). This time she goes for more emotional depth, and even tries her hand at ethno-techno-mysticism ("Shanti/Ashtangi"). She largely stumbles, however. The tone conveyed on songs like "Nothing Really Matters" is a self-centred pat on the back that belies her claim to a newly found altruism. It's enough to make you wonder, now that Madonna's given up being our material girl, if maybe she's set her sights on becoming the centre of our spiritual world too. --Roni Sarig

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MADONNA Ray Of Light (1998 UK 13-track CD album including the singles Frozen Ray Of Light Drowned World / Substitute For Love The Power Of Good-bye and Nothing Really Matters picture sleeve)

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4.0 out of 5 stars THE Landmark Album of Her Career May 19 2012
By Kasey G TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
In writing this review, I am able to understand how some fans feel frustrated and say that no matter what, Madonna can't win. On the one hand, "Ray of Light" is perhaps her greatest artistic achievement and the point in which she was finally able to solidify herself as a genuine "real player" in the music biz--but while I admire this album for its' artistic merits and innovative use of electronica, I can't say it's one of my favorites by her because it's simply not FUN like alot of the rest of her catalog. I think it's best to say you need to be in a certain frame of mind to truly appreciate "Ray of Light". This is Madonna as Earth Mother--no dominatrix gear, Marilyn-bleached locks or feather boas. This is the point where she officially entered the second phase of her career (fans and critics definitely split her legacy into pre-ROL and post-ROL categories); the lyrics have her reflecting on past mistakes and regrets and future hopes--all this introspective insight no doubt brought on in the wake of Lourdes' birth.

I'm still not a fan of the recent MDNA album save for two tracks, and it's ironic upon revisiting "Ray" that it sounds more age-appropriate for her NOW even though it's fourteen years old already. The fact that most of this material would not seem out on place on contemporary radio is either a testament to the fact that Madonna was way ahead of the curve with this one, or that pop culture has really not evolved much in the last fifteen years.

On paper, it sounds like a hodgepodge but the album is surprisingly cohesive from the dreamlike, otherwordly "Drowned World (Substitute for Love") and "Frozen" to futuristic dance numbers "Ray of Light" and "Nothing Really Matters" to World-Beat flavoured "Skin" and "Shanti/Ashtangi".
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUSICAL MATURITY Dec 6 2001
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Madonna is pure talent. She can sing, dance, act, direct, choreograph, write, photograph and influence fashion. An astute business person, there is really nothing she can't do.
This excellent collection features high caliber songs that are not only fun to dance to, but thought provoking. The title song, "Ray of Light" is truly a masterpiece. I love it! This is without a doubt the best collection Madonna has ever done. I also like the spiritual themes in many of her more recent songs. I have a lot of respect for Madonna, her talent and this collection in particular.
This is such a treat.
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Format:Audio CD
Maybe it's where we all are at at a given moment in time, but I went back to Ray of Light after the September 11th tragedy, and I found consolation and grieving both within this album. I feel that each song is a small gem constituting a great piece of work by America's pre-eminent pop star. Next to Britney Spears, Brandy and other wanna-be's, Madonna has the "legs" to remain on the top of her game. But lest we think it's all a cynical marketing ploy, if you follow her own life story, each of her albums is a reflection of her own life journey. I am not sure how Music fits into that picture, but all the previous albums parallel events of Madonna's personal life pretty clearly.
Most of us would agree that Madonna's motherhood had a major impact on her music making at the time of "Ray of Light" and its recording. I feel that her music's generation comes from that experience. That's why the level of feeling is so palpable in a song like Frozen, and the sense of wonder and simultaneous bewilderment come through in the title cut. No matter what you feel about her as a person, the album Ray of Light is an authentic masterwork from the one woman who survived Pop Music's vissitudes and multiple low points in the 80's and 90's, and has lived to tell new and more provoking stories.
I can't help but think that Madonna will be rocking into her 60's, just like the fabled Tina Turner strutted her considerable gifts and wondrous person well into her 60's as well.
Dance on Madonna!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not an album, but a spectacle. Nov. 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this album I found it a bit weird in that it was very, very edgy. Almost like catwalk fashion thats soo fashionable its beyond regular people. Now I absolutely love it. Every song tells a story and tracks like Nothing really matters, Sky Fits Heaven, Frozen, To have and not to hold, Power of goodbye, Little Star, Swim and Skin all create a catchy masterpiece of an album. The first track I still don't like but give the rest of the album a chance because it is absolutely amazing. Nothing like it before, nothing like it since! The album that subtly toke Madonna to that next level... Superstar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music taken to perfection. Sept. 23 2008
Format:Audio CD
With the titles 'Ray of Light' and 'Frozen' I don't think anyone would hesitate to own this CD. From calm and relaxing music to joyful songs; perfect to entertain guests.

--KRG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ray of Light for Madge's career & her fans May 20 2006
Format:Audio CD
one of the most wonderful albums Madge has ever recorded. full of spiritual grace. With each listen it just grew over me more and more. and of course, her "Frozen" is the song, that always makes me cry. An awesome masterpiece which deserves to be in every collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good enough. Oct. 20 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
am not a big fan, i somehow have found her previously to be offensive, arrogant, self-absorbed, crude, generally annoying & an attention-seeker who thrived on adoration, (much like robbie williams) & feel that all this overrides her talent.
aside from early feelgood anthems, "holiday", "into the groove", "deeper & deeper", & one or two others, i find her music weak and shallow,
when this album was created, i imagine it was greatly influenced by producers such as william orbit, & i felt it was a desperate effort to gain further credibility & to appear to have more depth & spiritually, & i felt this to be fake.
however, i do actually like some of the tracks, i actually have a remix album, which makes it sound better, tracks i enjoy are "swim", "frozen", "sky fits heaven" & "nothing really matters". it is perhaps the best work she's done, but i wouldn't give too much credit, as i feel it has more to do with production, than her artistry.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Got it only for 2 songs.
CD in great shape, fast delivery.
Got it only for 2 songs, was curious to listen to the other songs and didn't like.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an Album Its An Experience!
The electronic sounds the east indian sounds mixed in with her mature voice and meaningful lyrics. I think this is one of her best albums to date.
Published on July 12 2004 by Susanne Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Overhype
Despite the album being overhyped, well extremely overhyped...there are tracks on this album that I still listen to 7 years after its release. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Reveiwer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray of Light, indeed!
Next to her 'I'm Breathless' album, I think it's safe to say 'Ray of Light' is one of the best Madonna albums to show her great ability to branch out into different genres, tackle... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Slacker Monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars a Different sound of Madonna
This cd takes you to another era of Madonna. It may not sound like any other of her albums, but trust me, that's not a bad thing, cause this cd is just as good! Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Ziggita
5.0 out of 5 stars this album kicks a$$
god! this is 1 of tha best madonna albums yet¡! herz a basic outline of tha album.
1. Drowned World/Substitute 4 Love: this is a great semi-spiritual ballad. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by music boii
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's last great album!
"Ray of Light" blew me away when I first got it in early 1998 and it has remained my favorite Madonna album ever since then and sadly it was to be her last good album... Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Jacqui_O_Lantern
5.0 out of 5 stars I am NOTa Fan of Madonna
I do not like madonna. i do not like her music, so it is a strange coincidence i like this album. it is the best pop/dance/electronic album of the 90's and if you need to dance,... Read more
Published on June 1 2004
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