Ray of Light

Madonna - Ray of Light
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1998 Ratings: #14 / 92
User Score
Based on 304 ratings
1998 Ratings: #12
March 3, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Maverick, Warner Bros. / Label
Pop, Dance / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

Throbbing yet meditative, Ray of Light is an adult’s version of dance music, with the dark timbres of Madonna’s nearing-40 voice its resolute center.

90
AllMusic

Her most mature and restrained album, which is an easy achievement to admire, yet not necessarily an easy one to love.

80
Rolling Stone

Ray of Light sums up the best we can expect from Madonna at this late date: overly arty, occasionally catchy, confused, secondhand, infuriating and great fun in spite of herself.

80
Slant Magazine
Orbit's cycles of analog synths and electric guitar licks perfectly supplement the elasticity of Madonna's then-newly-trained vocal chords.
80
NME
This is quite clearly a record with something to prove.
luvmelancolie
98
Real ARTPOP
musicmagpie55
96
Ray of Light is Madonna's near-masterpiece and one of my favorite albums of all time. Beyond having some of my favorite Madonna singles ('Frozen,' 'Nothing Really Matters,' the title track), the album is a wonderful reflection on pop's spiritual potential. Time collapses as Madonna considers her past and her future through the sounds of the present; she transforms the dance floor into an asylum from trauma. It is Madonna's most ambitious and personal record, a sparkling jewel at the top of the ... read more
EMR
64
The pop queen flirts closely with 90s electronica, trip-hop and even drum n bass on her most celebrated release, Ray of Light. The whole thing is very well produced and breathes with the same kind of peace and comfort that she preached after discovering kabbalah, leading to a very zen-like overall sound. The problem, though, is how the vocals are layered in the mix, not rarely buried inside the bright instrumentals and performed in such monochromatic, comfortable way it gets difficult to ... read more
ACHTUNGBLUE
92
O auge artístico de sua carreira é com este álbum, influenciado pela sonoridade do disco Low de David Bowie e Achtung Baby do U2, Ray of Light incorpora elementos da música eletrônica. Também apresenta influências de outros gêneros e subgêneros. Os vocais apresentam Madonna cantando com maior amplitude e um tom mais cheio.
loveonthebrain
86
Madonna - Ray of Light

01 - Drowned World / Substitute for Love 85/100
02 - Swim 75/100
03 - Ray of Light 89/100
04 - Candy Perfume Girl 85/100
05 - Skin 79/100
06 - Nothing Really Matters 90/100
07 - Sky Fits Heaven 89/100
08 - Shanti / Ashtangi 85/100
09 - Frozen 100/100
10 - The Power of Good-Bye 85
11 - To Have and not to Hold 87/100
12 - Little Star 85/100
13 - Mer Girl 79/100

Média: 86
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Track List

  1. Drowned World/Substitute for Love
  2. Swim
  3. Ray of Light
  4. Candy Perfume Girl
  5. Skin
  6. Nothing Really Matters
  7. Sky Fits Heaven
  8. Shanti/Ashtangi
  9. Frozen
  10. The Power of Good-Bye
  11. To Have and Not to Hold
  12. Little Star
  13. Mer Girl  
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