"The world is wild, the road is lonely, I know what I am and what I am not"
"Madame X" was seen almost as a confessional of Madonna, who decided to embrace an adventure and a musical journey (perhaps the most risky of his career). And just like every journey, there is a beginning and ending journey – more than individual singles, the album's songs work in groups and carry them, verse after verse, to the world created by Madonna.
At the end there is only one question: who is "Madame X"? "I know what I am and what I am not," says Madonna, in Portuguese, on the theme "Killers Who Are Partying."
"Madame X": Song the song
It's alongside Maluma that Madonna opens her new album. "Medellín," the first single revealed, stands out as different from anything the 'pop queen' has ever done: the theme is marked by a rhythmic beating of reggaeton, blinking the Latin market.
"Medellín" guarantees "Madame X" an opening with rhythm, although Madonna shares much of the protagonism with the Colombian artist.
The slowing pace at the end of "Medellín" opens the way for the second track of the album, "Dark Ballet", revealed a week before the release.
Over four minutes, Madonna leaves several messages strong and politicized, involved in beats that are gaining intensity every second. In the middle, there is a kind of 'interval' with piano and distorted voices, which carry us into a fantasy and futuristic world at the same time.
"Dark Ballet" closes with a message from the American singer and ends with a breath: "They are so naive / They think we're not aware of their crimes We know / But we're just not ready to act / The storm is not in the air / It's inside of you / I want to tell you about love and loneliness / But it's getting late now / Can not you hear outside of your Supreme hoodie / The wind that's beginning to howl? / It's a beautiful life. "
After the final blow, the "God Control" parade begins, the longest theme of the album, with exactly six minutes and 19 seconds. In the lyrics, Madonna leaves some reflections on the state of democracy, the direction of the United States and the control of arms. "This is your wake-up call," Madonna sings.
The theme starts without any instrumental introduction, with the 'queen of pop' throwing itself immediately to the first verses. The children's choir, Tiffin Children's Chorus, makes way for the chorus and for a disco hit.
"God Control" closes with a rap song, with the children's choir as the basis for Madonna's voice.
"Future" is the second duet featured in "Madame X" and features the participation of Quavos, the Migos – the production remained in the hands of Diplo.
In the song that combines pop and rap, the duo celebrates the present and remembers the past. "Not everyone can come to the future," Madonna sings, while Quavo reflects on the state of society these days.
The fifth theme of "Madame X", "Batuka", counts on the collaboration of Orquestra De Batukadeiras de Portugal, a Cape Verdean percussionist group born in Zambujal district, Amadora. The group, which will accompany Madonna on her next tour, opens the song alongside the 'Queen of Pop'.
David Banda, son of Madonna, is one of the composers of "Batuka," according to information revealed in the album's alignment. In the song, the artist warns that there is a storm to come, stressing that there is a new day to begin.
In "Batuka", the influences of the music of Cape Verde do not go unnoticed. The spiritual theme is almost like a response to the adversities of the world.
"Killers Who Are Partying"
It is in the sixth song of "Madame X", "Killers Who Are Partying", that Madonna proves that she learned some words in Portuguese. "The world is wild, the road is lonely. I know what I am and what I am not," the American sings in the chorus of the song.
Do not worry, the 'queen of pop' gives her hand to various minorities: 'I will be African, if Africa is silenced', 'I will be poor if the poor are humiliated', 'I will be a child if children are exploited', sings artist, in English, at the start of the song. In the opening verses, Madonna also reflects on Islam, Israel and the status of women.
"Killers Who Are Partying" features lyrics and production by Madonna and French Mirwais.
For "Crave," Madonna joined Swae Lee – the song was one of the singles revealed before the release of "Madame X". The song is one of the most immediate of the disc, betting on a current electronic pop.
The precise beats are one of the highlights of the theme, which features verses starring only Swae Lee.
In the eighth song of the album, Madonna returns to be the only protagonist. In the song produced by Jason Evigan and Mike Dean, collaborator of Kanye West, the 'queen of pop' sings a few verses in Portuguese, leaning on a love relationship.
"You think I'm crazy" and "I love you, but I do not let you destroy me," Madonna sings in Portuguese in the pop ballad that promises to conquer the younger generations.
"Crazy," which kicks off with an accordion, is perhaps one of the most glitzy and engaging themes of the entire album, leaving behind the "darkness" that stamps other songs by "Madame X".
The ninth theme opens with strong beats, at a fast pace. The song composed by Madonna, Jeff Bhasker and Brittany Hazzard has clear kuduro influences and has the participation of the children's choir, the Tiffin Children's Chorus.
The electronic pop theme ends with a slow sound reduction, allowing the album to breathe before entering the final stretch.
Throughout her 40-plus-year career, Madonna has always used her voice to denounce the world's problems. And "Extreme Occident" (only available in the deluxe edition of the disc) is yet another example that the singer continues to reflect on the timeliness in her songs.
Along the theme, the American confesses that she continues to search for her identity. "What hurts me the most is that I was not lost," I concluded, at the end of the subject, once again in the language of Camões.
The hit version of Blaya is the 11th song from the album in the deluxe version. For "Faz Gostoso", Madonna invited the Brazilian Anitta, in a clear wink of the Brazilian funk and the kuduro.
"Come Baby, Come Baby / Move your body", so sings the 'queen of pop' at the start of the song, which has undergone some modifications to the original Portuguese artist. Throughout the theme, Anitta and Madonna sing the verses in Portuguese and English.
The "Faz Gostoso" version also features a sample of "Tree & Paper" by Sérgio Bonzanni.
Rodrigo Carmo, Nuno Picoto, Emanuel Oliveira, Luiz Vieira, Mateus Seabra, Karla Regina Francelino Rodrigues (Blaya) are credited as authors of the song along with Madonna.
"Bitch I'm Crazy"
After the funk and kuduro, in "Bitch I'm Loca", Madonna returns to divide the protagonism with Maluma. Reggaeton is featured throughout the theme, where sensuality is the main ingredient.
"Bitch I'm Crazy / Besa me en la boquita", sings the 'queen of pop' in the song with the Colombian.
"I Do not Search I Find"
Already in the final stretch of the album, Madonna goes back to becoming darker and starts "I Do not Search I Find" (Citation of Pablo Picasso) with a more 'muffled' beat, which then gives way to the most electronic pop rhythms.
In the song, the artist confesses that she found love, peace and a new beauty: "I found peace, i found a new beauty, i found you".
"Looking For Mercy"
"Madonna sings in the verses of" Looking For Mercy, "the 14th track of the album, and confesses that every night, before closing her eyes, loses forgiveness.
The ballad, where there are small signs of electronic pop, is gaining strength as the seconds advance, ending with a faster pace.
"I Rise" closes Madonna's 14th studio album – the song was one of the album's anticipation singles. The song starts with a strong speech by the American artist, who confesses that she has always managed to overcome the greatest difficulties: "Died a thousand times / Managed to survive"
THE WAY UNTIL "MADAME X"
In the official page, Madonna revealed that the 14th studio album was recorded over the last 18 months in Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles (United States) and that was creatively influenced by Lisbon, yesterday has lived "along of the last years ".
"Lisbon is where my album was born. I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that the songs around the world are all linked and are the soul of the universe", affirms the singer in the site official.
Dino d'Santiago, Celeste Rodrigues, Fábia Rebordão, Ricardo Toscano, Gaspar Varela and the Batiqueiras of Cape Verde are some of the artists Madonna has met in recent months, evaluating the photographs and videos she has broadcast on social networks.
"Madame X" celebrates "the long relationship" of the American singer with Latin music and culture and the songs are interpreted in Portuguese, Spanish and English, reads in the text of presentation.
In 2018, when she turned 60, Madonna said in an interview with the Italian magazine Vogue that the recent season in Lisbon influenced her in the creative process of this album. "I met a lot of wonderful musicians and I ended up working with many of them on my new album, so yes, Lisbon influenced the music and my work. culture, "the singer said in the interview.
Madonna has been living in Portugal for more than a year to follow the sporting career of one of Benfica's adopted sons.
The last album of originals of Madonna dates back already to 2015, when it released "Rebel Heart".