Saturday, March 14, 2015


This is Madonna's 13th studio album Rebel Heart has been released on March 10th on Interscope Records. The new album features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kayne West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson, and was recorded in NY, LA and London. The producers include Madonna, Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, Avicil, DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds, Ryan Tedder, Toby Gad, and Ariel Rechtshald.


In short, it was an average cd. I wouldn't consider it the best songs of Madonna. That said, after the dreadfully embarrassing Hard Candy era I really had to adjust my expectations as far as what I could and/or should expect from Madonna in the landscape of modern pop culture. She hasn’t struck me as particularly innovative, or even interesting, for the better part of a decade, but I give her props for resurfacing every couple years to remind us who’s boss, no matter how half-assedly. As an “album experience” Rebel Heart is beyond uneven and unnecessarily long winded, but there are moments of true greatness scattered throughout which should hold your interest. Lyrically it’s her most provocative release in quite a while, with a number of reflective and introspective tracks that are actually ABOUT something besides going out and dancing. (The rap interludes are tired as ever, but to be expected these days.) And while she continues to name check herself and reference past songs, here it at least sounds intentional and cheeky as opposed to MDNA where it seemed like she genuinely had no idea she was recycling entire phrases. For someone who has defended half her career choices in the name of irony, I’m glad she finally took the time to look up what the word actually means ;)

Rebel Heart Track List

01 “Living For Love”
02 “Devil Pray”
03 “Ghosttown”
04 “Unapologetic Bitch”
05 “Illuminati”
06 “Bitch I’m Madonna” (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
07 “Hold Tight”
08 “Joan Of Arc”
09 “Iconic” (Feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson)
10 “HeartBreakCity”
11 “Body Shop”
12 “Holy Water”
13 “Inside Out”
14 “Wash All Over Me”
15 “Best Night”
16 “Veni Vidi Vici” (Feat. Nas)
17 “S.E.X.”
18 “Messiah”



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Aug. 29 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena On Sale Mar. 9

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Oct. 19 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose On Sale Mar. 9
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