A look into Madonna’s Rebel Heart
You can purchase the album as a standard release (14 tracks), a deluxe edition (19 tracks) or as a super deluxe edition (25 tracks).
Madonna originally aimed to have the album be two sides to her personality.
The Rebel side where the songs are about defying expectations and standing up for yourself, and the Heart side where she discusses relationship woes and self worth.
This concept lends itself to making the album feel cohesive. Songs like “Holy Water,” “S.E.X.,” “Iconic” and “Unapologetic Bitch” push the buttons that Madonna has been going at for years. The tunes are naughty, aggressive and make no apologies for the woman she is.
“Living For Love,” “Joan of Arc” and “Ghosttown” show the Queen of Pop’s sensitive side, allowing a more rounded emotional journey than her empty previous album, MDNA.
The production of Rebel Heart is top notch. Madonna worked with Natalia Kills, Kanye West and Avicii to create some wonderfully layered soundscapes. Some of her best songs in years can be found on this album, however sometimes Madge falls back on simplistic lyrics and repetitive imagery.
She’s run all religious allegory into the ground at this point and, as with MDNA, some of the lyrics are too juvenile for someone with her maturity and life experience.
“Bitch, I’m Madonna” and “Illuminati” found on the standard album should’ve been replaced with her far superior bonus tracks “Beautiful Scars” and “Addicted.”
Flaws aside, Rebel Heart remains to be the closest glimpse into Madonna’s compelling world that we’ve had since Ray of Light.
-Chris Upshaw, guest blogger
Get Rebel Heart on iTunes now.
Madonna will perform at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Wednesday, September 9 and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Monday, October 5. Complete tour dates here.