AOTY 2021

Madame X

Madonna - Madame X
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2019 Ratings: #556 / 770
User Score
Based on 690 ratings
2019 Ratings: #846
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

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

90
Louder Than War
This is a solid and surprising album that is easily her strongest release in years and a welcome return to form.
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.

80
The Arts Desk
A mixed bag, but a brilliant and bonkers reinvention.
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.

60
Albumism

Even in its fragmented state Madame X spins as a more enduring album than Rebel Heart and maybe that’s the point.

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.

50
Uncut
Diminishing returns from the Material Girl.
48
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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40
After three months, I’m finally on the last Madonna album!

“Madame X” is sort of a controversial album on AOTY, as it was the product of a bot attack. Ever since the release of this album, Madonna’s reputation as an artist on this site is mainly remembered off this album. Anyone who judges Madonna’s music off this album should listen to her earlier works because they capture Madonna at her peak. Madonna is far from her creative peak on “Madame X,” and ... read more
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
heavenlyxbn
90
Great album.

The truth is that I do not understand why many did not like this album. I think the way Madonna took this album and put it into music seems interesting to me, making a set of many mixes of different musical genres. "Madame X", I really like her quite a bit.

Favorite tracks: Medellín, Dark Ballet, God Control, Future, Batuka, Killers Who Are Partying, Crave, Crazy, Faz Gostoso, Bitch I'm Loca, I Don't Search I Find, I Rise.

Least favorite track: Come Alive.
ratococacola
69
Madame X é um disco que poderia ter dado muita sorte se não tivesse uns defeitos mais toscos que dancinha de adolescente burguês descupado no Tik Tok.
O conceito do disco é 10/10, mas execução... nem tanto.
Primeiro porque essa VACA fica inventando de meter um autotune naquela voz, deixando ela mais feia que a capa do Lotus, as letras cheias do conceito, sendo cantadas por uma voz totalmente morta e metálica, a mulher cantando sobre assassinato ... read more
ThisIsLukas
86
The Queen of Pop's fourteenth studio album, Madame X, is her most experimental, unapologetic, and personal release since the beginning of this millennium. It is Madonna's personal manifesto, and the fact that it may be a hard pillow to swallow for a notable part of the audience, is its purpose to certain degree (at least as I see it). It is not a background music, it requires attention. And still, you are probably going to either love it or hate it.

Madonna's success is incomparable. She ... read more
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Track List

1Medellín
4:58
with Maluma
66
2Dark Ballet
4:14
74
3God Control
6:19
90
4Future
3:53
with Quavo
59
5Batuka
4:57
73
6Killers Who Are Partying
5:28
76
7Crave
3:21
74
8Crazy
4:02
75
9Come Alive
4:02
66
10Faz Gostoso
4:05
feat. Anitta
63
11Bitch I'm Loca
2:50
feat. Maluma
45
12I Don't Search I Find
4:08
72
13I Rise
3:44
76
Total Length: 56 minutes
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Added on: April 15, 2019