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Ray of Light

Madonna Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (715 customer reviews)
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1. Drowned World/Substitute For Love
2. Swim
3. Ray Of Light
4. Candy Perfume Girl
5. Skin
6. Nothing Really Matters
7. Sky Fits Heaven
8. Shanti/Ashtangi
9. Frozen
10. The Power Of Good-Bye
11. To Have And Not To Hold
12. Little Star
13. Mer Girl

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[ Ray of Light ] delivers 67 minutes of complex, challenging and ultimately entrancing music without so much as breathing heavily.... [Madonna] sings here in a voice grown deeper and fuller about the emptiness of fame and pleasure ... and the rewards of mystic pursuits.... [S]he peppers her songs with apocalyptic visions of death and rebirth, sin, salvation and transcendence.... -- People


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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars this album kicks a$$ June 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. 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
Grade: A
13. Mer Girl: Great Grade: A-
Overall Album Grade: A Ballads wer a lil flat but overall great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's last great album! June 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
"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 because "Music" was a let down and "American Life" isn't even worth buying from a cut-out bin.
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Album! May 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
At first, I didn't really like this album of Madonna when I heard it. I was expecting it to sound more like "Ray Of Light" when I first played it and what I heard was the opening with a more slow song that started off nice and quiet. I didn't expect it to be that way at first, but then after a few years, I learned to like it, and now, it's one of my favorite Madonna albums! This is the first Madonna album I owned, and the songs on this album are fantastically brilliant! The first single, "Frozen" is one of my most wonderful favorites of all time and I still like it til this day! "Ray Of Light" is such a fantastically well-made song and I'm glad that the name of this song was this album's album title! Madonna does really well in singing these songs with emotion and power and I'm glad to have owned this album by Madonna.
"Ray Of Light"
"Power Of Goodbye"
"Nothing Really Matters"
"Candy Perfume Girl"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Madonna Album!
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Nicole Ferreira
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 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars THE Landmark Album of Her Career
In writing this review, I am able to understand how some fans feel frustrated and say that no matter what, Madonna can't win. Read more
Published on May 19 2012 by Kasey G
5.0 out of 5 stars Music taken to perfection.
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 more
Published on Sept. 23 2008 by Leonardo Custodio
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray of Light for Madge's career & her fans
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 more
Published on May 20 2006 by V. Zvyagintsev
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 12 2004 by Slacker Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Has to Be Her Best!!!
This has to be her best CD! I orginally checked the USA version out of a local public library here & was quite impressed. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by G. M. Grena
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 6 2004 by Ziggita
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