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The beats

The strings at the end

The back and forth singing with the batukadeiras

The autotune (yes it works MADAME X IS A FUTURISTIC ALBUM BITCHES)

The lyrics

Get that old man! PUT HIM IN A JAIL!!

etc. etc.

 

 

PLEASE QUEEN GIVE US THE BATUKA VIDEO (ideally after FAZ video yes please) 

 

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The only thing i dont like about the song is that they include her autotuned vocals in the repeated parts. Is it because the batukadeiras didnt want to sing in english? 

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I love this song as well!

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So interesting to hear the opinions - I find myself skipping over this song. 

I think the beat, the melody and the back and forth singing is good and sonically interesting at first.I think the autotune really suits it as a great contrast to the  batukadeiras.

But after the first 2 minutes it gets very repetitive for me. There is no significant change up in the melody/song structure until the very end, and so the song strikes me as a repetitive and one note. I think I would have liked it much more if it was a 2 min 30 second song instead of almost 5 minutes - or even if the violin was an interlude in the middle. 

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An integral part of the album! Batuka is so necessary and beautifully constructed. A true reflection of the global influences that run through the album. When the drums intensify the moment she says "let me catch my breath," I find myself catching my breath.

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I didn't like this song when I first heard it, but now it's on repeat. I love the last two minutes! It's the Mirwais sound I've been looking for in a long time.

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At the end of the day this is my favourite song from the album. It's such a powerful song. I'm actually surprised that not more people list it as their favorite. The production is so inricate. Even though the melody that runs through these lines: '' i was up all night, i said a little prayer. get that old man put him in a jail'' is the same, because there is a change of key during ''get that old man'', it seems like the melody shifts almost. I love little things like that 🙂

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I love this song. It’s  the first song I listen to when I need a push in the morning or diving into the world of mx.

it gives me Mia and bjork.

Also there’s something raw/live about it despite the intentionally choppy/auto tuned vocal treatment that I like. Prob the messiness of it. 

I do enjoy the  military call n response song structure. 

Song has a lot of elements I really like

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I just adore this song , it makes me think about what s going on with refugees in the Mediterraneo , I guess she s gonna serve another political video with this

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"Batuka" was the most intense moment of my first time-listening of Madame X. I was truly mesmerized by her artistic spunk, it made me realize that this is not a typical pop album but an innovative, brave record that was badly needed from her for a long time. 

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1 minute ago, Crystal Coffin said:

"Batuka" was the most intense moment of my first time-listening of Madame X. I was truly mesmerized by her artistic spunk, it made me realize that this is not a typical pop album but an innovative, brave record that was badly needed from her for a long time. 

Totally agree. 

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1 minute ago, Crystal Coffin said:

"Batuka" was the most intense moment of my first time-listening of Madame X. I was truly mesmerized by her artistic spunk, it made me realize that this is not a typical pop album but an innovative, brave record that was badly needed from her for a long time. 

Likewise! Something about this song just grabbed me right away and I knew we were in for a ride. 

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A standout among many ❤️

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1 hour ago, Crystal Coffin said:

"Batuka" was the most intense moment of my first time-listening of Madame X. I was truly mesmerized by her artistic spunk, it made me realize that this is not a typical pop album but an innovative, brave record that was badly needed from her for a long time. 

So true.

She never recorded anything like this. It was love at first listen for me with this song, and to think I was prepared to not like it before even lets listening to it, because of the reviews lol.

I bet when she performs this on the Madame X tour, we're all gonna sing the batukas lines, and we are going to love it.

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1 hour ago, smirnoff_ice said:

Totally agree. 

 

1 hour ago, strictmachine said:

Likewise! Something about this song just grabbed me right away and I knew we were in for a ride. 

 

4 minutes ago, Andra said:

So true.

She never recorded anything like this. It was love at first listen for me with this song, and to think I was prepared to not like it before even lets listening to it, because of the reviews lol.

I bet when she performs this on the Madame X tour, we're all gonna sing the batukas lines, and we are going to love it.

When we heard the song for the first time, it was a surreal epiphany for us. Madame X gives meaning to life 

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ITA. it's a great song I just love everything about the Madame X album.

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4 hours ago, Crystal Coffin said:

"Batuka" was the most intense moment of my first time-listening of Madame X. I was truly mesmerized by her artistic spunk, it made me realize that this is not a typical pop album but an innovative, brave record that was badly needed from her for a long time. 

I agree so much. And after watching the Madame X doc, I love this song even more (if possible). An important entry in her artistic canon.

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8 hours ago, rocknrolla said:

I notice many of the songs on MX are too long and repetitive, I tend to skip them at the 4 minute mark

Your opinion sounds repetitive and I will skip it.

 

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4 hours ago, Crystal Coffin said:

"Batuka" was the most intense moment of my first time-listening of Madame X. I was truly mesmerized by her artistic spunk, it made me realize that this is not a typical pop album but an innovative, brave record that was badly needed from her for a long time. 

100% couldn't put it better myself.

 

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Lord have mercy  (Lord have mercy)......things have got to change (things have got to change)

Love this song!  

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10 hours ago, Shaun said:

An integral part of the album! Batuka is so necessary and beautifully constructed. A true reflection of the global influences that run through the album. When the drums intensify the moment she says "let me catch my breath," I find myself catching my breath.

This!!! 

No other in popular music - young or old - could pull off something quite like this. It's a reminder (not like we needed it) that she's on a whole other plane than her peers.

 

11 hours ago, rocknrolla said:

I notice many of the songs on MX are too long and repetitive, I tend to skip them at the 4 minute mark

That's one of the things I adore about this album. The music gets to develop, take its time...I've always enjoyed long songs. A shame that attention spans are next to nothing these days.

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