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Madonna - Ray of Light


Review: Jack Foley

RAY Of Light was the album which finally made people sit up and take notice of Madonna. It is, quite simply, brilliant.

By teaming up with William Orbit, Madonna showed her ability to stay one step ahead of the game and, in so doing, won over a new legion of fans and admirers.

The album displays a maturity hitherto lacking in much of Madonna's earlier material and builds on the potential shown with tracks such as Justify My Love and Erotica.

Here was an artist worth listening to, from whom people could draw inspiration.

The stand out track is probably Frozen, which still sounds as fresh today as it did upon release some three years ago, and which boasts some of Madonna's best vocals ever.

But so many tracks linger in the memory, making Ray Of Light one of those CDs which is always worth returning to and never sounding dated.

Drowned World/Substitute For Love, title track Ray Of Light, Candy Girl and Nothing Really Matters are all classics and continue to have an enduring appeal.

Indeed, it is a measure of Madonna's talent that, having conquered the Eighties and early Nineties, she remained at the top of her profession at the start of a new millennium.

Not many artists can lay claim to such an achievement.

And with Music, her latest release, the singer continues to get better and better...

Track listings:
1. Drowned World/Substitute for Love
2. Swim
3. Ray of Light
4. Candy Perfume Girl
5. Skin
6. Nothing Really Matters
7. Sky Fits Heaven
8. Shanti/Ashtangi
9. Frozen
10. Power of Goodbye
11. To Have and Not to Hold
12. Little Star
13. Mer Girl

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