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 »cally 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« less
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
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 (Amazon.com)
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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.
Lisa K. (ldk) from DURHAM, NC Reviewed on 8/16/2006...
The only Madonna album I like, but I like it a lot!
Tonya H. (misstonya) from LEES SUMMIT, MO Reviewed on 8/12/2006...
What can I say....It's Madonna!
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.
DROWNED WORLD / SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE 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.
SWIM Great song.
RAY OF LIGHT 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.
CANDY PERFUME GIRL This song is just absolutely brilliant. I love the fusion of techno and rock on any song.
SKIN Love it.
NOTHING REALLY MATTERS The album's fifth & final single. Love this song. The sound and Madonna's vocals are just pure amazement.
SKY FITS HEAVEN Great song.
SHANTI / ASHTANGI An amazing song, actually. This song is sun entirely in Sanskrit.
FROZEN 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 POWER OF GOOD-BYE The album's fourth single. Another awesome song.
TO HAVE AND NOT TO HOLD Great song.
LITTLE STAR This beautiful song is about Madonna's daughter, Lourdes.
MER GIRL 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."
"MER GIRL" BECOMES A TRUE ALBUM ARTIST
L. Steidl | NYC | 05/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
".....actually, in my humble opinion, Madonna became an album artist with the brilliant "Erotica" (possibly even before with "Like A Prayer")......it infuriates me when folks who grew up with Madge and her hit singles period fail to appreciate her latter work, never understanding that, like all true recording artists in it for the long run (hint...."long run", get it Mariah, Beyonce, Christina, Britney(!!!) and all the other screaming/hip-hop/rap-crap out there in today's quite sad pop music landscape), she learned to express herself fully with the mature & oh-so-fading-quickly "long-playing-album"......just listen to her music and the incredible path since the late 80's.....EROTICA....BEDTIME STORIES....RAY OF LIGHT.....MUSIC...AMERICAN LIFE(so terribly underrated!)....CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR......and possibly best of all "HARD CANDY"......Ray Of Light hit with a major impact back in 1998.....solid Techno/Euro/Dance foundation which Madonna always had but here made all the more brilliant with Orbit's influence......vocally sounding light years away from the light & fun "boy toy" timbre of her early recordings (also vocally outstanding in EVITA but that's an entirely different world)......just re-listening to ROL today in our vastly different world of 2010 and it holds up magnificently after not hearing it for sometime......I knew this woman was in it for the long run when I first saw her perform "Like A Virgin".......and looking forward to more new music hopefully soon.
Luigi ~ nyc"
The album a non-Madonna fan can love
Douglas Bowker | Salem, MA | 08/29/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've never been a Madonna fan- not even close except for a few guilty pleasures in her catalog. When she was doing Material Girl I was jamming the Clash, REM or Violent Femmes. Fast forward many years later and most music lovers have broadened their tastes, just as she has. Over time I certainly had to admit she had broad and diverse talent, even if it never spoke to me personally very much.
But then something happened: I heard The Power of Goodbye a regular yoga class I take and when I asked my teacher who it was I did a little double-take when she said Madonna. But then I thought, hey, let's give this one a chance and reviews of the album seemed to point to something very different.
Well, as the title suggests, I love this album, and it is one of the few spirit-tinged albums that comes off with some real honesty and doesn't hit you over the head with it. Her voice is like pure honey, but strong and mature. I find myself often going back to it even when I'm working because the tone seems to help me focus. Song after song feels like a warm wash of sound that is both grounding and inspiring. The music stands up well now years after it's release. In fact the trance influenced rhythms and structure is perfect for the quasi Eastern spiritual themes weaves throughout.
Stand-outs for me are: The Power of Goodbye, Frozen, Skin, Nothing Really Matters. Although a number of songs may have been with her daughter in mind, most could also be just as easily towards the concept of God/the Beloved/Spirit. That she leaves some room to let the songs speak to you that is personal is another strength."