My official review. This is based on snippet , released tracks and what else is outhere. Imho the most predominant sound of this album is deep bass and synth, with various global influences breaking away from this formula.
01. Medellìn (Madonna & Maluma) 10/10
Beatifull, nostalgic, emotional . The song changes gears seamlessly as it oscilates from ray-of-lightish aproach of the verses to catchy choruses. Sleak production make this a standout of a first single. Smart choice to make it the amiral ship of the bunch, as it does the best marriage of the main two album directions . The video is trully epic featuring even outdoor scenes, a rare treat.
02. Dark Ballet 10/10
EXperimental and heartfelt. Subtle changes made from beatiful game : the adding of hmm, yeah in the second verse worked really well.
03. God Control 10/10
If you add politics,disco , violins, choir, clunky rap, and bunch of great mellodies you get pop perfection.
04. Future (feat. Quavo) 7/10
This reggae piece, has highs an lows. Liked the ESC live rendition of the song. The beat is like nowhere to be found, but the trompets make up for it. A bit repetitive.
05. Batuka 9/10
06. Killers Who Are Partying 9/10
Someone said that one of the Madame x actualy feats a piece of this. Experimental ballad that turns into ear candy production wise.
07. Crave (feat. Swae Lee) 10/10
Softdonna at it best. Very Bedtime Sories era smothness. Raw emotions spike trough song tight shape.
08. Crazy 9/10
Ariana Grande kind of song where Madonna show it s strenghts: making a rathr banal song in a unique piece, with the help of her voice. The cra-a-a-a-a-a-zy and lo-o-o-o-o-ca parts are beatifully sung. The cherry on the top is the portuguese spoken part
09. Come Alive 9/10
Seems like a romantic number. Reminds of Queens and bodyshop wich can only be a good thing.
10. Extreme Occident 9/10
Easy Ride of 2019. Electro ballad right down my thirsty ears.
11. Faz Gostoso (feat. Anitta) 7/10
A good twerk . The only thing wrong with it is that is on an album packed with masterpieces.
12. Bitch I’m Loca (feat. Maluma) 9/10
Thsi the Diplo of the dancefloor some fans desired. Wish granted.
13. I Don’t Search I Find 10/10
People link it to other eras but i will out it like this : The essence of Madonna. At 4 minutes it seams short, it should have been 15 minutes long in order to spare us of hittinh repeat repeat repeat
14. Looking For Mercy
Do not know much about it
15. I Rise 10/10
Great empowerement song. So many hooks trough the song. Best album closer since Voices.
After Coadf, i only cared for a half of the tracks from each album. Add in 2-3 demos from each era and i could say i got around 7-8 songs that became my classics.
But to have the an album of not a single skipper-filler song after so many years, i think i am dreaming and need to pinch myself. I think comercial succes will not surrond this album , because Madonna is no longer in the atention of GP. This should have been released after COADF. She is somehow seen as trendchaser . This time, albeit a litle too late, she searched the core of hwo the Madonna brand is in music and went it. Madame x is a Madonna classic, and time will pass this will be remembered as legendary.