Ray of Light
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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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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".Read more ›
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.
1. Drowned World/Substitute 4 Love: this is a great semi-spiritual ballad. im actually not a big fan of ballads, but this is a great song! It wasnt released as a single in the u.s. but in the u.k. yes. Grade: A
2. Swim: Not as great but it would get a Grade of:B+
3. Ray of Lite: one word: AWESOME!¡!¡ 2nd wonderful single frum wonderful album! Grade A+
4.Candy Perfume Girl: Very Intresting beat w/ interesting lyrics. Very good. Grade: A-
5. Skin: Good Dance beat but very long and dull lyrics. yu maii liek it tho. Grade:C-
6. Nothing Really Matters: 3rd single.IDK Why it was so low on the charts great beat lyrics and music Grade: A
7.Sky Fits Heaven: Skin Part 2 Grade; C
8. Shanti/ Ashangti: Intersting Yoga language also nice lyric pattern Grade: A-
9. Frozen: THe 1st single and ok nice beat and lyric pattern Grade: A-
10. The Power Of Good-bye: 4th and final u.s. single. Great semi-ballad Grade: B+
11. 2 have and not 2 hold: Ok Grade B
12. Little Star: Great semi baallad but better than power
13. Mer Girl: Great Grade: A-
Overall Album Grade: A Ballads wer a lil flat but overall great
The music on here is a lot trancier and much darker than anything she had ever done before then and showcased a much deeper and more emotional side that we had never heard before.
"Substitute For Love" is just a beautiful song.
"Swim" is another entrancing dance track.
The title track is rave-like fun and a great dance club hit.
"Candy Perfume Girl" is a really strange trance like song.
"Skin" is an intoxicatingly haunting and even scary classic.
"Nothing Really Matters" is another great dance track.
"Sky Fits Heaven" is a beautiful fast-paced song.
"Shanti/Ashangti" is a strongly Asian influenced track that is worth a listen.
"Frozen" is a very cold bitter classic.
"The Power of Goodbye" doesn't do much for me. Sorry
"To Have and Not To Hold" is kind of boring in my opinion.
"Little Star" is a hauntingly beautiful rave-like song with a strange sound to it.
"Mer Girl" is very spooky and ends the album on a strange note.
And so you have it. Sadly, this is Madonna's last great album because almost everything that she has released has dissapointed me in every way. Get this album. It's really great!
Most recent customer reviews
This is one of the best albums of the 90's. It has remarkably good depth. The only thing I could nitpick about is the upper end detail being a little too far back in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Seeker
This is my second favorite Madonna album (after Confessions on a Dance Floor)
It has song great songs on it. Read more
This is my favourite Madonna album. She once said that everything before confessions on a dance floor was crap.. I think she got it backwards. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nicole Ferreira
CD in great shape, fast delivery.
Got it only for 2 songs, was curious to listen to the other songs and didn't like.
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2008 by Leonardo Custodio
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. Read morePublished on May 20 2006 by V. Zvyagintsev
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
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 morePublished on June 21 2004 by Reveiwer