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  • For the most part this was very well received but it’s minimal commercial success means few out of the Standom will have given this a real listen.

    Best album of 2019 for me. Hands down.

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    • Underrated by the general public, of course.
      Haven't been early since '88

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      • According to Spotify Crave is my second most played song of 2019!

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        • It’s my most played album of the year.
          Britney Spears • Janet Jackson • Christina Aguilera • Michael Jackson • Selena Gomez • Hilary Duff • Taylor Swift • Justin Timberlake

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          • Shocking chart fans, MADAME X was the 12th highest rated album of 2019 by AOTY's critics.
            Madonna is going into her fourth decade of career and had one of the most talked about albums on Metacritic this year and even competing with great newcomers. Madame X was an artist's riskiest album in 2019. Will these singers today still be relevant four decades from now?

            https://www.metacritic.com/music/madame-x/madonna
            "Complaining is an advertisement for stupidity"

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            • #46 on Billboard's AOTY list.

              46. Madonna, Madame X

              After two albums of Madonna sounding like she was largely playing catch-up to mainstream trends (2012's EDM-courting MDNA and 2015's collaborator-stuffed Rebel Heart), the pop GOAT decided to go back to blazing her own trail, and not looking over her shoulder at how many were following her lead. Top 40 and streaming audiences might not have been particularly amenable to her genre-hopping free-for-all, but longtime fans found plenty to chew on in the set's unpredictable excursions -- including a Walter Carlos-like dip into synthified Tchaikovsky in "Dark Ballet," a Random Access Memories-worthy prog-disco odyssey in "God Control," and a welcome return to Latin pop in the breezy Maluma team-ups "Medellín" and "Bitch I'm Loca." Madge can rest assured that anyone still trekking along with her at this point is in for the long haul, and excited as ever for what twists and turns lay ahead. -- ANDREW UNTERBERGER
              https://www.billboard.com/articles/n...of-2019-top-50
              I have received many gifts from God,
              but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
              .

              Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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              • That list is annoying because it is not technically a countdown but just a list of staffs fave albums. Yet, Madonna is 46 and all the young/popular people are at the front of the list. There was no need to organize the list that way.

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                • #12 on Albumism‘s 50 Best Albums of 2019 list

                  #12 | Madonna | Madame X
                  Interscope

                  According to Mark J. Marraccini: “Madonna’s radically adventurous and globally-inspired Madame X polarized fans and critics for good reason. It’s her least accessible album, but it’s also up there with the best she’s ever made….Years from now, we’ll look back on Madame X as the Madonna album that’s most closely aligned with the real Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, and one of her most artistically audacious and authentic offerings.”
                  https://www.albumism.com/lists1/best...donna-madame-x
                  Britney Spears • Janet Jackson • Christina Aguilera • Michael Jackson • Selena Gomez • Hilary Duff • Taylor Swift • Justin Timberlake

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                  • "up there with the best she's ever made"??? What an insult to almost a dozen other Madonna albums lol
                    jio CHARTS NOW:20/1/2020: https://www.ukmix.org/forum/chart-di...7#post10335447

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                    • I posted Billboard and Pitchfork year end lists because whether you like them or now they're still two biggest music online sites. Albumism is a horrible page. They find a way to tout every album ever released, no matter how good or bad. Especially in pop. And their articles are badly written nearly all the time.
                      I have received many gifts from God,
                      but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
                      .

                      Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                      • Madame X is one of her best albums. They were spot on.

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                        • #12 on Slant's year end list. Kind of surprising for me. They did rate it really well, but I'm surprised to see it that high TBH. So far the only "big" music publication where it rated high.

                          12. Madonna, Madame X

                          With their naïve—some might say crude—expressions of bloody-hearted empathy, there’s something almost Björkian about songs such as “God Control” and “Killers Who Are Partying.” English is, of course, Madonna’s first language, and lyrics like “I’ll be Africa/If Africa is shut down” are received with less generosity when one’s claws are already out. We expect pop stars to stay in their lane, but Madonna is at heart a rock auteur, with all of the inclinations toward upending the status quo and expressing a singular vision that designation implies. Inspired by her time living in Lisbon, where she was surrounded by musicians and art in a way she hadn’t been since her pre-fame days in the East Village, Madame X plays like a musical memoir, sometimes literally: “I came from the Midwest/Then I went to the Far East/I tried to discover my own identity,” she sings on “Extreme Occident.” The album is far from her creative zenith, but it’s her most fearless effort in at least 15 years—the sound of an artist who’s got no more ****s to give. Sal Cinquemani
                          https://www.slantmagazine.com/featur...ums-of-2019/3/


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                          YEAR END LISTS
                          #12 / Albumism
                          #12 / Slant
                          #46 / Billboard
                          #67 / MOJO
                          I have received many gifts from God,
                          but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
                          .

                          Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                          • Sturgis Journal

                            https://www.sturgisjournal.com/news/...-songs-of-year

                            Countdown 2019: Top songs of the year

                            10. "Come Alive," Madonna. "Madame X" took me a few listens before I fell in love with it, but then this track spoke to me. It was exactly the song I needed to hear at that time. The lyrics are simple, yet its meaning is divine. I'm on fence with her need to be relevant, musically speaking. However, she's the ultimate when it comes to being a true artist. Her vision and drive has been at the forefront of music for 40 years and most everyone we've seen come and go since Madonna's debut can thank her for the influence.

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                            • Yessssssssss best song from this project after Ciao Bella. Get it queen

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                              • So glad that publication gave some love to Come Alive! It's criminally underrated, though I think it's had more appreciation since it was performed on the tour.

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                                • My most played album of the year! Thank you, Madonna. It is a really good and inspiring album (and fun too).

                                  Hope we can get the tour video later this next year.

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                                  • Originally posted by UnapologeticKenny View Post
                                    My most played album of the year! Thank you, Madonna. It is a really good and inspiring album (and fun too).

                                    Hope we can get the tour video later this next year.
                                    Agree on all of this
                                    I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?

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                                    • Idolator:

                                      https://www.idolator.com/7905002/fro...2c=1&firefox=1


                                      "From ‘Magdalene’ To ‘Madame X’: The 20 Best Pop Albums Of 2019"

                                      9. Madame X — Madonna

                                      Key tracks: “God Control” and “Crave”

                                      (Full review here)

                                      Imagine being 40 years into your career and still pushing the boundaries of pop. Only Madonna can relate. Madame X, the Queen of Pop’s 14th LP, is a concept album about a globe-trotting super-heroine with revolution on the brain. Madonna brings the project to life with vibrant, world music-inspired bops like “Medellin” and “Batuka,” and mind-melting experiments like “I Don’t Search I Find” and “Killers Who Are Partying.” It doesn’t always work, but when it does, this result is electric.

                                      — Mike Wass

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                                      • Originally posted by AndiIversen View Post
                                        Idolator:

                                        https://www.idolator.com/7905002/fro...2c=1&firefox=1


                                        "From ‘Magdalene’ To ‘Madame X’: The 20 Best Pop Albums Of 2019"

                                        9. Madame X — Madonna

                                        Key tracks: “God Control” and “Crave”

                                        (Full review here)

                                        Imagine being 40 years into your career and still pushing the boundaries of pop. Only Madonna can relate. Madame X, the Queen of Pop’s 14th LP, is a concept album about a globe-trotting super-heroine with revolution on the brain. Madonna brings the project to life with vibrant, world music-inspired bops like “Medellin” and “Batuka,” and mind-melting experiments like “I Don’t Search I Find” and “Killers Who Are Partying.” It doesn’t always work, but when it does, this result is electric.

                                        — Mike Wass
                                        This really sums up the album for me. And it mostly works really well.
                                        Music is the blood in my veins

                                        Feel free to add me to your friends list :-)

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                                        • I still hate Batuka
                                          Cha Cha Instructor

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                                          • Batuka did not pass (my) test of time, tbh, like God Control and Dark Ballet.
                                            Too much autotune and overproduction.

                                            But Extreme, Mercy, Killers are still great, FG and Crazy still fresh and enjoyable, and Come Alive grew immensely.

                                            Waiting for a class-A IDSIF remix!
                                            "Despair, regret, and tenderness is what I feel for you"

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                                            • I like the concept of Batuka, but not the execution if that makes sense. Like I like the 'choir' and the overall vibe, but the autotuned monotonous vocals turns me off

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                                              • Originally posted by IVyoncé View Post
                                                I like the concept of Batuka, but not the execution if that makes sense. Like I like the 'choir' and the overall vibe, but the autotuned monotonous vocals turns me off
                                                Production (and not just vocal) definitely fails Batuka.
                                                I have received many gifts from God,
                                                but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
                                                .

                                                Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                                                • I love how much I haven’t considered this record to be a part of my Top 10 album list.

                                                  I enjoy Faz Gostoso and I Rise but pretty much forgot about the rest.
                                                  DRINK. SMOKE. DANCE. VIBE A LITTLE BIT | My last.fm

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                                                  • Originally posted by IVyoncé View Post
                                                    I like the concept of Batuka, but not the execution if that makes sense. Like I like the 'choir' and the overall vibe, but the autotuned monotonous vocals turns me off
                                                    Yup, I have the same problem. It had the potential to be one of my favorite tracks but the vocal production and also the too electronical and mechanical sound, destroy the whole track. The final product is simply heartless.

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