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Madame X


Madame X

Fourteenth studio album from the pop singer featuring guest appearances from Anitta, Maluma, Quavo, and Swae Lee

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Polydor / Interscope
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  1. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Bold, bizarre, brazen and beguiling, Madame X is Madonna living her Latin American Life. Brilliant
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  2. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album is the work of an artist reawakened, and one who’s got something to say
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's full of self-reflection, and its themes – of loving others and loving oneself – are reiterated throughout
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    Bold, bizarre, self-referential and unlike anything Madonna has ever done before, 'Madame X' finds the star with a glint in her eye (the one without an eyepatch, that is)
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The lows, featuring white-saviour narratives and witless lyrics, are really low. But by embracing Latin pop, Madonna sounds more natural than she has in years
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    This is Madonna on top of the world, looking down on creation, God complex at cruising attitude. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There are some missteps, mostly when she tries to empathise with multiple oppressed identities, such as on Killers Who Are Partying. Still, this is one of Madonna’s most original releases since Confessions on a Dance Floor
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  8. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Madonna is not merely returning to her origins on this fourteenth album, a regenerative fervour thrives on Madame X, traversing a gamut of disparate genres, stirring curiosity and wonder with rhapsodic intensity
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    Madame X not only amply rewards such close listening, but its daring embrace of the world outside the U.S. underscores how Madonna has been an advocate and ally for left-of-mainstream sounds and ideas throughout her career
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This is a personal , politically-charged mix of dark thoughts and good vibes. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   The FT

    Reggaetón meets classical piano and electropop on an eclectic, expansive 14th album
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  12. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    She may be getting obligatory high marks from the newspapers but Madame X often struggles to maintain any kind of natural rhythm as ideas and styles pile up on each other and are seemingly shoe-horned in wherever there is space
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  13. 6.0 |   Clash

    It’ll make you feel confusion, frustration, happiness and maybe joy, but it will definitely make you feel
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  14. 6.0 |   The Independent

    An intriguing, often brilliant, occasionally awful album
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  15. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Madonna takes on numerous characters, and many, many accents, to create a wild and varied universe that’s reflective of the general doom the world is swilling around in
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  16. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her latest is full of bold moves as well as moments that trigger that “worried about Madonna” feeling
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  17. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A badly curated playlist that only the former Material Girl could make enjoyable
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  18. 4.8 |   Pitchfork

    Madonna’s 14th album feels stretched thin all over the globe, layered with an ambitious concept that ends up muddled and convoluted
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  19. 4.0 |   The Quietus

    The results end up sounding shallow and contrived
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