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Madame X – Daily Star Review

It’s already been 14 years since her last true classic, Confessions Of A Dance Floor.
So it’s about time Madonna triumphed on the dancefloor again – and Madame X mostly achieves that mission. The most experimental album of her career, it’s also a travel documentary as a series of bangers, influenced by her move to Portugal.
Here’s my exclusive track-by-track of Madonna’s big adventure…

MEDELLIN (with Maluma)
Medellin’s psychedelic groove works great as an introduction to what’s to come. Strap in… 8/10

DARK BALLET
Madonna’s very own Bohemian Rhapsody. A mad, brilliant epic which veers from dubstep to classical. 9/10

GOD CONTROL
A total pop banger, essentially a sequel to her classic hit Vogue. 10/10

FUTURE (with Quavo)
A weird choice to perform at Eurovision, Future is easily the worst song. The beat goes nowhere and Migos rapper Quavo just sounds bored. 4/10

BATUKA
Her most convincing hip-hop groove. At 61, she’s still learning new moves. 9/10

KILLERS WHO ARE PARTYING
The most controversial song, she states “I’ll be…” Africa, Islam, poor and Israel. It’ll need a few plays to work out what the song’s message really is… expect a social media war. 7/10

CRAVE (with Swae Lee)
Madonna and Swae flirt over a heartfelt acoustic backdrop. 8/10

CRAZY
Could be by anyone. A forgettable filler track. 5/10

COME ALIVE
A similar drum attack to Batuka, it’s Madonna in attack mode as she snarls: “Who are you talking to?” It turns into a dreamy waltz to stay alive. 8/10

FAZ GOSTOSO (featuring Anitta)
An epic trance tune which features some hypnotic chanting. 9/10

BITCH I’M LOCA (featuring Maluma)
Madonna and Maluma trade lines over a hypnotic groove. 8/10

I DON’T SEARCH I FIND
Along with God Control, the album’s other slice of perfect vintage Madonna disco. 10/10

I RISE
A stadium ballad, you can almost smell the smoke machines. 7/10

BONUS TRACKS

EXTREME OCCIDENT
Crashing pianos, Indian percussion and rare drama as Madonna sings about doubting herself. 8/10

LOOKING FOR MERCY
Another soaring ballad but it’s more basic than Crave and goes on too long. 6/10