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Ray of Light
Ray of Light
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
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Japanese Limited Edition reissue of The Queen Of Pop's smash 1998 album. Includes one bonus track, Has To Be, which was only available in the U.S. as a b-side. Released after becoming a new mom, this album was widely criti...  more »


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All Artists: Madonna
Title: Ray of Light
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 48
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 3/3/1998
Release Date: 3/3/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Styles: Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093624684725


Album Description
Japanese Limited Edition reissue of The Queen Of Pop's smash 1998 album. Includes one bonus track, Has To Be, which was only available in the U.S. as a b-side. Released after becoming a new mom, this album was widely critically praised, and eventually scored 3 Grammys! Features the singles Frozen, Drowned World/Substitute For Love, The Power Of Goodbye, Nothing Really Matters, club favorite Sky Fits Heaven and the title track, which also won 5 MTV VMA awards, including Best Female and Video Of The Year. Warner Bros

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Jason B. (Contaminated) from MISSOURI CITY, TX
Reviewed on 11/3/2020...
Coool Cd!
Aileen R. (aileen) from N HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 8/15/2008...
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-centered pat on the back that belies her claim to a newfound 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 center of our spiritual world too. --Roni Sarig (
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L M. (lmcc) from EULESS, TX
Reviewed on 3/23/2007...
Love this one! Gorgeous music & reflective but fun lyrics.
Livia C. from GREELEY, CO
Reviewed on 10/11/2006...
Very good. I truly enjoyed this and now have put it onto the computer and MP3 player so the CD can be passed along. COntains some great songs to do yoga to.

CD Reviews

Madonna ... RAY OF LIGHT (1998)
Chad DeFeo | Philadelphia, PA. | 10/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1998, Madonna released her eleventh album entitled, RAY OF LIGHT. This amazing albumshows us a new Madonna, a Madonna that we've never seen before: A late '90s spirtual Madonna, with the sound of spiritual dance & techno. Madonna has worked with many great producers in the past, but for this album, she wanted the spiritual sound of the '90s, she recruited William Orbit to produce this album.


The album's third single, though, not released in the U.S. This amazing song describes how Madonna has felt about her fame, since the birth of her daughter, Lourdes. What an amazing song.


Great song.


The album's second single. One of the best and energetic songs in Madonna's career. I can listen to this song all day, if I had to.


This song is just absolutely brilliant. I love the fusion of techno and rock on any song.


Love it.


The album's fifth & final single. Love this song. The sound and Madonna's vocals are just pure amazement.


Great song.


An amazing song, actually. This song is sun entirely in Sanskrit.


The album's first single. This is one of the best songs on the album, not to mention one of my all-time favorites. The music video is definitely one of Madonna's greatest. Seeing Madonna taking up a Gothic look for the music video put a huge smile on my face.


The album's fourth single. Another awesome song.


Great song.


This beautiful song is about Madonna's daughter, Lourdes.


What an amazing song, although, it is rather creepy.

This album is a masterpiece and only Madonna could have done an album, like this. All Madonna fans should already have this album in their collection. I know I have it in my collection."
Ray of Light.
hungup555 | 03/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't remember where I got this CD exactly, but I know it's one of my most favorite albums from Madonna. My most favorite tracks from this album are Frozen, Ray of Light, Skin, Shanti/Ashanti, Power of Goodbye, and Drowned World/Substitute for Love.

I recommend you buy this. Her voice and the lyrics on this album are so powerful, Drowned World/Substitute For Love.

Another thing that I want to share on why I love this album is the music video for Frozen. The desert, the floating Madonna, all of it. Heck it's got me curious on Mysticism. (I think that's what you call it.) I am interested in checking it out, see what it's like. I'm also curious in Kabbalah too."