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Madame X – Uncut Magazine Review

What does Madame X, her 14th album, add to the Madonna story? A relocation to Lisbon, a rekindled love of Latin musics,and, on “Killers Who Are Partying”, a new identification with the wretched of the Earth: “I’ll be Africa, if Africa is shot down…”. For all its excursions into dancehall and fado, it’s no advance on 2014’s Rebel Heart: there’s the same sense of chasing trends and an increasingly cringey woke turn – on the portentous, batshit “Dark Ballet” she berates the sheeple of the west: “Can’t you hear outside of your Supreme hoodies?/The wind is beginning to howl.” It howls for thee, Madge.

5 out of 10

Uncut Magazine