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Madame X

Madame X is the fourteenth studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It was released on June 14, 2019, by Interscope Records. The album was creatively influenced by her expatriate life in Lisbon, Portugal, after relocating there in summer 2017. Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the album with a number of musicians, including Mirwais, Billboard, Mike Dean, and Jason Evigan. It also features guest performances by Maluma, Quavo, Swae Lee, and Anitta. - Wikipedia

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  • 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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  • Rolling Stone

    Her latest is full of bold moves as well as moments that trigger that “worried about Madonna” feeling.  

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  • Vulture

    Madonna has rolled out Madame X, an album (her 14th) that revisits and restructures some of the ideas floated in her fascinating Bush-era misstep. 

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  • Consequence of Sound

    Madame X is a psychedelic, globetrotting, reggae-, cumbia-, and disco-tinged adventure. Does that sound like a mess? Well, it is. But it’s also some of the most joyful music that Madonna has made in a decade.  

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  • Variety

    Despite some lyrical missteps, she's passionate and satisfyingly unconcerned with mass consumption on her best album since “Confessions on a Dance Floor.” 

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  • The Hollywood Reporter

    Madame X is so brazen and confident that you almost have to admire it. Almost. If only it weren’t also so grueling, shaggy and oversaturated with cringe. 

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  • Stereogum

    Madame X is the best Madonna album in a long time. 

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  • Idolator

    In many ways, Madame X is Madonna’s most personal album to date. She’s speaking her truth, while revealing more of herself than ever.  

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  • Independent

    An intriguing, often brilliant, occasionally awful album.  

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  • Uproxx

    The good news is, by revealing vulnerability, she’s created much richer art: Although born from loneliness and separation, Madame X offers resonant emotional and musical connection. 

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  • Forbes

    Madame X is not Madonna playing it safe after four years away. Instead, she takes risks, some of which pay off brilliantly. 

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  • Us Weekly

    In all, Madame X is a mysterious, albeit occasionally jarring, musical statement unlike anything Madonna has ever done before. And, plain and simple, that’s why she remains the biggest risk-taker in the industry 36 years later.  

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  • All Music

    Madame X has its share of colorful neo-disco numbers and shimmering chill-out tracks, but they're painted in dark hues, and they're surrounded by songs so closely cloistered, they can play like mini-suites.  

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  • Irish Times

    Madonna is grasping for something new and shiny to cling to. 

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  • The Guardian

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

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  • Chicago Sun Times

    Madonna’s ‘Madame X’ is a trying-too-hard, mess of an album. 

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  • Boston Globe

    While it chafes against pop-musical expectations and outright defies them at times, “Madame X” does embrace that planet-altering ideal lyrically as well as musically, making it Madonna’s most compelling album in years. 

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  • Riff Magazine

    Madame X is an underwhelming release from the queen of pop. While there are a few compelling passages, it drags on too long.  

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  • The Line of Best Fit

    Madonna sounds reinvigorated on the excellent Madame X.  

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  • New York Post

    Sounding more energized and adventurous than she has in years, for the first album of her 60s, she’s still pushing herself to the borderline. 

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  • NBC News

    Madame X, makes me wish she'd just focus on being her iconic self 

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  • Louder Than War

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

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  • City Pages

    Madonna’s weird, well-traveled 'Madame X' is her bid to become the world’s biggest cult artist. 

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  • Sputnik Music

    This album made me feel something, something good. Something hopeful.  

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  • Breathe Heavy

    No, Madonna doesn’t get a trophy for being 60-years old and releasing an album… she gets one for doing something only a handful of recording artists can: release boundary-pushing songs that invoke thought and feeling.  

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  • Toronto Sun

    Of course, Madonna being Madonna, she takes everything one step beyond the norm. 

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  • i News

    Madonna is the queen of reinvention and Madame X, her 14th studio album, marks another new brilliant, bonkers chapter in her 37-year career.  

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  • Music OMH

    One hell of a journey: bold, bizarre, brazen and beguiling, Madame X is Madonna living her Latin American Life. Brilliant.  

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  • Washington Blade

    ‘X’ marks the spot for daring new Madonna album 

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  • Clash Music

    Bizarre or bold, delusional or avant-garde, this album is guaranteed to make you feel something - good or bad, or even both 

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  • Xposé

    Bonkers but brilliant. 

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