Contrary to the EDM and trap sounds that defined 2015’s Rebel Heart and squarely targeted radio trends, Madame X feels a lot more inquisitive.
Inspired by the experiences Madonna had after moving to Portugal in 2017, there’s plenty here to suggest she’s newly hungry, from the multilingual opener and Nutcracker-sampling Dark Ballet to reggae and rap royalty cameos. These aren’t all new avenues for Madonna, but while she hasn’t left the disco entirely behind (God Control, I Don’t Search I Find), Madame X slips in and out of Madonna’s less prominent personas, and she wears them well.
Madame X is out now via Universal.
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