Madonna has dropped her 14th studio album, Madame X.
An eclectic mix of reggae, EDM and disco, the album demonstrates the pop veteran’s musical versatility and effective songcraft. The Latin pop-inspired singles “Medellín,” featuring Maluma, and the Quavo-assisted “Future” speak to the singer’s time in Portugal, where she has resided for the past few years.
“Lisbon is where my record was born,” she explained in a press statement. “I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”
Madame X also isn’t afraid to get political, incorporating provocative social commentary in its lyrics. “Everybody knows the damn truth / Our nation lied, we lost respect / When we wake up, what can we do?” Madonna sings on “God Control”, a six-minute-long disco anthem that critiques American gun violence.
“Get that old man / Put him in a jail / Where he can’t stop us / Where he can’t hurt us,” she sings over Afro-inspired trap beats on “Batuka,” which also features a choir of female Portuguese singers from Cabo Verde.
With guest appearances from Anitta on “Faz Gostoso” and Swae Lee on “Crave,” Madame X is proof that Madonna is here to stay in the contemporary pop landscape.
Stream the album here: