The last time I liked a Madonna album, I was still a baby. I just came out of the closet, and “Hung Up” was the soundtrack of my mostly drunk, young gay life.
After Confessions on a Dance Floor though, things quickly went south for Madge. With songs like “4 Minutes, “Give It 2 Me” and “Give Me All Your Luvin,” the Material Girl was following the trend instead of setting it for much of the aughts. She was chasing the sound of emerging pop stars at the expense of her own music.
That’s why I was very hesitant when I first heard about Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album. With collaborations with the likes of Avicii, Diplo, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, it seemed like the Queen of Pop was once again just going with the flow. I was worried her new material won’t sound revolutionary at all. That she was, once again, simply doing what others were already doing.