AOTY 2019

Madame X

Madonna - Madame X
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #470 / 606
User Score
Based on 452 ratings
2019 Ratings: #998
June 14, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Live Nation, Interscope / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Bold, bizarre, brazen and beguiling, Madame X is Madonna living her Latin American Life. Brilliant.

80
The Guardian

Throughout, there is more density and musical adventure than at almost any other point in her career.

80
NME

Bold, bizarre, self-referential and unlike anything Madonna has ever done before, 'Madame X' finds the star with a glint in her eye.

80
The Observer

Madame X is certainly a fluid album, but one tempered by Madonna’s solid confidence in her own aesthetic decisions.

80
Slant Magazine

Madame X sounds like the work of an artist reawakened, and one who’s got something to say.

80
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.

80
AllMusic

While this thick, heady confluence of cultures and sounds may demand concentration, 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.

80
Gigwise

It’s refreshing to see one of pop’s biggest risk-takers take one of her biggest risks in her career and it makes for one of the most daring albums you’ll hear all year.

67
Entertainment Weekly

Its global sounds and millennial guest stars, including rappers Quavo and Swae Lee, can feel more like obligatory flag-planting than organic evolution.

60
Clash

‘Madame X’ isn’t just an album (if it is that at all) – it’s an opera, or a comedy of errors. It’ll make you feel confusion, frustration, happiness and maybe joy, but it will definitely make you feel.

60
The Independent

Madame X is such a cultural melange ... that it sometimes verges on collapsing in on itself. At other times, though, what is thrown at the wall sticks beautifully.

60
Rolling Stone

Madame X is so admirably bizarre, all you can do is stand back and watch the girl go.

60
God Is in the TV

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.

58
Consequence of Sound

The track list is scattered and psychotic, and Madonna’s future tours will ignore almost all of these songs.

50
FLOOD Magazine

Experimentation is not necessarily a Madonna-happy place. As she has in the past, she struggles with it here.

48
Pitchfork
Madonna’s 14th album feels stretched thin all over the globe, layered with an ambitious concept that ends up muddled and convoluted.
BradTasteMusic
48
See what I did was actually listened to the full album without any major distractions before rating it

If you don’t do this then you will end up giving up completely on track 5 because the first 5 songs are written poorly as all hell. In fact they just kinda suck. I don’t blame you for wanting to give up. However once you get over the giant speed bump Madonna manages to deliver compelling, and Well written songs with... sub par mixing

Yeah it isn’t a great record, but it is ... read more
drumsdreaming
70
“Madame X is a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places”


These are the exact words Madonna uses to describe her latest record and there certainly is a kernel of truth in her statement. Madame X is a mixed bag that switches from promiscuous latin-pop jams to much more serious ballads in a blink of an eye, but of course, that’s not all folks. Madonna’s promise to work with Portuguese artists was ... read more
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35
Madonna.... what happened. This album was very hard to listen to all the way through. Some of the songs were dragged on for WAY TOO LONG and, it's almost an hour long. Some of these songs sound like she combined 6 songs into one and the lyrics sound like she just used random sentences and put them together in a song. Like what does she mean by "I'm gonna be africa"? Anyway, theres 1 song on here that's ok but the rest is just garbage.

Favourite track: Crave
Least favourite track: ... read more
MasterCrackfox
31
Madonna clearly tried to make an appealing, massive and cultured album that could be both fun and technically sound.

However, this just isn't it.

The influence of Latin culture across this record just feels like Madonna forcing something that doesn't work with her sound. The tracks don't have much of a consistent flow at all, other than their obvious influences. The songwriting is unquestionably the weakest point, with trite lyricism and uninspired vocal performances almost to a fault ... read more
Plats
35
I mean, it isn't the worst thing I've heard all year. It's definitely Madonna's most diverse record, with musical styles ranging from dance pop to Latin pop to trap. Unfortunately, "Madame X" fails to execute these influences well. The production does nothing new to these genres and the lyrics are trite. There's also "Killers Who Are Partying", which is supposed to be well-intentioned but it ends up being in poor taste. Another big problem I have with this record is that ... read more
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Track List

  1. Medellín
  2. Dark Ballet
  3. God Control
  4. Future (feat. Quavo)
  5. Batuka
  6. Killers Who Are Partying
  7. Crave (feat. Swae Lee)
  8. Crazy
  9. Come Alive
  10. Faz Gostoso (feat. Anitta)
  11. Bitch I'm Loca (feat. Maluma)
  12. I Don't Search I Find
  13. I Rise
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