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  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Maverick / Warner Bros. Records
  • ASIN: B000002NJS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MADONNA Ray Of Light (1998 UK 13-track CD album including the singles Frozen Ray Of Light Drowned World / Substitute For Love The Power Of Good-bye and Nothing Really Matters picture sleeve)

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Never underestimate Madonna's power of persuasion: by nearly all critical accounts, Ray of Light, Madonna's first album of new material since 1994's Bedtime Stories, and her first since motherhood, is her richest, most accomplished record yet. While Ray of Light is being tagged as Madonna's big leap into electronica, it's important to note two things: first, her music has always had close ties to dance culture, and, second, her collaborator William Orbit is no Chemical Brother. Though it has all the latest blips, bleeps, and crackles electronica has to offer, Ray of Light is still largely an adult album, completely within Madonna's realm. Still, Orbit's tasteful sonic constructions provide Madonna with her most adventurous, hippest musical backdrop ever. What's more, the arrangements and production are understated enough to highlight an even bigger development: fresh from singing lessons on the Evita set, Madonna's vocal range, depth, and clarity have never been stronger. But larger pipes don't necessarily make for deeper, truer music. Never a master lyricist, Madonna's words have worked best when they've practically been slogans ("Vogue," "Express Yourself"). This time she goes for more emotional depth, and even tries her hand at ethno-techno-mysticism ("Shanti/Ashtangi"). She largely stumbles, however. The tone conveyed on songs like "Nothing Really Matters" is a self-centred pat on the back that belies her claim to a newly found altruism. It's enough to make you wonder, now that Madonna's given up being our material girl, if maybe she's set her sights on becoming the centre of our spiritual world too. --Roni Sarig

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonnybaby on 12 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Madonna is more than a pop singer. She's an artist. This album proves that. As part of her ever-increasing canvas 'Ray Of Light' silenced her critics back in 1998. Talk of her being washed up and past it was completely silenced when a gothic video featuring a lady in black heralded The Return of the Queen. Trading fame for love was the best move Madonna ever made because through discovering unconditional love and enlightenment she allowed herself to be free and just sing and write about the things she wanted to. From soul-searching in 'Drowned World' to letting rip on 'Ray of Light', Madonna runs the full gammut of emotions on this album. Her voice sounds absolutely gorgeous on some of the tracks, especially 'Frozen' (which she can sing just as good live) and the opening line of 'Skin' (which will send shivers down your spine). This is her second best album after Like A Prayer, and beneath all the elctronica and vocal manipulations you'll find Madonna at her most intimate. Witness the haunting 'Mer Girl' which explores her fear of, and fascination with, death and transition. Listen to this song closely and don't be put off by the nightmarish imagery. It's one of the best things she's ever done. Even the songs that don't grab you are growers. There's not a bad song on this album. Yeah, it's not perfect. 'Swim' can be preachy. 'Shanti/Ashtangi' is completely out there. And the trilogy of 'Frozen', 'Power of Goodbye' and 'To Have And Not To Hold' repeat the same message, but you'll enjoy every minute. This album boasts some of her best songs in her 20 year career. You should also see them performed live, it adds a whole new perspective (especially 'Candy Perfume Girl' - much better when performed by the lady herself on electric guitar). If you want spirituality, thoughtfulness, catchy pop, something to make you dance, something to make you cry - you can find it all on one album. God save the Queen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Norton on 10 Jan. 2005
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Nearly flawless statement of maturity, humility and little-known musicality from agit-popstress turned diva ("little star" would have shined as a B-side, but mars the flow of this otherwise exquisite masterpiece). Noteworthy is William Orbit's visionary use of pysychedelic guitar technique, which adds counterpoint to the techno and production-driven ambience. Orbit's guitars are "traveling" through the mix as if the "spirit guide" to Madonna's vocal on her journey of awareness. I quickly found that any three songs in a row here constitute a seamless "suite" that works musically as well as lyrically without force.
This album is one of two utterly enexpected and exquisite examples of 80*s females offering doubtless proof of worth in the 90*s; the other being Sade's sublime 1992 'Love Deluxe". In both cases, the artist successfully adapted her persona to an unexpected and well-delivered soundscape.
"Frozen" was reportedly chosen by M's rabbi to spearhead the album's single releases. I wish i had that Rabbi to pick my lotto numbers! I honestly think this one would have flopped without that not-so-enigmatic statement to disarm her audience and critics. "Frozen", like many Madonna singles, posseses a singular and evocative introduction (think "Vogue") which transports the listener into M's "parlour" before she sings a single note. Upon repeated listenings, the "intro" makes one salivate in anticipation. Ever savvy (and coy...), M knows this is the stuff classic singles are made of.
"The Power of Goodbye" is my all-time fave, and the only time M's voice has ever given me chills! "To Have and Not to Hold" is utterly sublime, evoking Spanish as well as "ambient" music , while seeing M deliver a world-class understatement (and I mean "deliberate" on that) in her vocal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pameelia on 13 Nov. 2003
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The 90's hadn't been as fabulous as the 80's for Madonna. Erotica was her worst seller to date, movies such as Dangerous Game, Four Rooms and Body of Evidence failed miserably at the box offices and her most recent tour 'The Girlie Show', was called a circus of sleaze and sex orgies.
But in 1997 Madonna's life changed forever-she became a mother to a beautiful baby daughter, which she named Lourdes. This then gave her inspiration to record the greatest music album, possibly of her career and of the 90's.
Ray of Light was a beautiful creation of '98 with a mesmerizing tracklist. 'Frozen' became the first single from the album, a haunting, spine-chilling track and a side of Madonna we had never seen. We liked it, as it became no1 in the UK & U.S.
Then came Madonna's funkiest, most electrifying dance track to date, Ray of Light. The guitar solo at the start tells you that something is just round the corner and sure enough-it blasts out with such force making you want to dance.
To follow came three top 10 singles, 'Drowned World/Substitute For Love', 'The Power Of Goodbye' and Nothing Really Matters'. Not only were these five singles amazing dance and uplifting tracks, the remixes also were just as imaginative.
The rest of the album could have easily become released as singles-there isn't one bad track on it. 'Sky Fit's Heaven' sounds like Ray Of Light's little sister, a dance megamix of underground beats. 'Mer Girl' is a thriller of a song. The haunting sound that is at the start of the track makes you feel as if you’re the only human being alive with the lyrics torturing you. "I ran from the churches, the crooked old mailbox, past the apple orchards and the lady that never talks."
My favourite track on the album has to be 'Swim'.
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