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    Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:33:51

    Feature: Why Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” Is a Pop Classic - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    One thing people always forget when they mention Madonna is how much of a badass musical trailblazer she is and always will be.

    Beyond all of the times she broke ground in terms of fashion or visuals, her music continuously broke ground. There was nothing on par with Like a Virgin when it dropped. That’s a tradition that continued on the likes of Ray of Light and everything else she’s done. It’s also something that makes Rebel Heart [iTunes link] one of her best bodies of work. The lithe handclaps and sunny vocals of the dark “Devil Pray,” which announces, “Lucifer is near,” feels so devilishly fun as soon as when she delivers that inebriating refrain which is just a blast and so quintessentially Madonna. Forget about the tent at your favorite festival—this is the real party.

    She and Nicki Minaj tear up “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which has “smash” written all over it. Minaj feels like the world’s best successor to Madonna too as she’s a trend-setter and trailblazer too when it comes to the actual tunes. Mike Tyson and Chance the Rapper elevate “Iconic” to the status of its title. Madonna sounds downright angelic, while Tyson’s spoken-word couldn’t be more awesome and Chance the Rapper revolutionizes hip-hop with every bar.

    The most striking collaboration sees Nas deliver a triumphant lyrical rally on “Veni Vidi Vici,” which deserves its place in the Madonna canon alongside her most celebrated fare. The same could be said of “S.E.X.,” which breaks down everyone’s favorite subject like even she hasn’t. The closing title track sums it all up. This “Rebel Heart” beats stronger than ever and gives the world the pop album it’s been crying out for. Remember, it’s all about the music for Madonna, and the music is all about her.

    Rick Florino
    03.17.15


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