ALBUM TITLE : RAY OF LIGHT
ARTIST : MADONNA
GENRE : POP / DANCE / ELECTRONICA / EDM
DATE RELEASED : 1998
Her first album Madonna made people curious about her. Her Like A Virgin record, made people engaged because she tried hard to gain their attention. True Blue demanded that people should take her seriously. Like A Prayer encouraged more people to consider her as an artistic performer. I’m Breathless gave her the chance to experiment with music. Erotica was pushing buttons where one shouldn’t have. Bedtime Stories was supposed to be apologetic but still she was in her usual arrogant self and told people deal with her.
Ray of Light was supposed to be a comeback album after giving birth, starring in Evita, and refocusing musical directions. When it was released, it was blocked from hitting number one in Billboard 200 charts with that Celine Dion soundtrack album. But it managed to snatch a bit of history as it became as one of the fastest selling album at that time. Fans and non-fans were quite surprised to discover that the album was stunning indeed. The whole Ray of Light era was complemented with visually delightful videos like Frozen, Ray of Light, Nothing Really Matters, Drowned World, and the Power of Goodbye.
This album credited Madonna of bringing electronica to mainstream. It was then recognized that there was indeed where Madonna’s voice can fit in musically. The album was not confessional but still she bared her soul and the changes that she needed to take brought about by birth of her daughter. Self reflection and realization was the main theme on this album. Thus, you have her talking about fame and fortune and taking a different directions after giving birth to Lourdes in Drowned World/Substitute For Love. She talked about social worries in Swim. She illucidated her feelings once she realized many things that needs to be refocused. She talked about what really mattered then in Nothing Really Matters. She composed lullabies in Mer Girl and Little Star. The Power of Goodbye is basically a moving on song while Sky Fits Heaven is a paean to God.
After nearly two decades, this record is still widely recognized as her best album to date and even Adele the current pop princess credited this album as a major force that inspired her to work on her 25 album. There is no argument that this album ranks up there with Carole King’s “Tapestry”, Alanis Morisette’s “Jagged Little Pill”, Patti Smith “Wild Horses” and other classic album from female superstars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it