There’s been a lot of buzz around Madonna’s new album, which apparently has a bit of a Portuguese flavour. I’ve always liked the more Latin-inspired stuff she’s done, so I decided to give this one a listen.
A fairly chilled-out beat to start the album – the backing track is fairly quiet, meaning it’s all about Madonna’s wistful vocals and Maluma’s Spanish rap.
Nice piano backing on this one – it gives it a really nice atmosphere. That solo in the middle, with the electronic interpolation of The Nutcracker Suite, is really interesting!
I like the choral backing vocals, which again are really atmospheric. The melody is a bit repetitive, but it sort of works here. More interesting instrumentals as well, which segue into a nice ’90s dance beat in the middle.
This is probably the most modern-sounding track of the album so far, partly due to the guest vocals from Quavo. I like the reggae beat, but in terms of the current musical landscape it’s a bit generic.
Fairly repetitive call-and-response vocals, but there’s a good atmospheric beat in the background.
Killers Who Are Partying
More pretty old-timey piano backing on this one, which has a lovely tune.
I like the guitar line here – again, with Swae Lee on guest vocals, it’s quite a modern-sounding track that would fit in with current chart music.
A nice slow beat here, with more modern-sounding vocals. Love that ‘like a prayer’ lyrical callback!
Really nice rhythm on this one, which has a summery chilled out feel.
Gorgeous piano on the backing instrumentals, lovely tune. The vocal line is beautiful too.
Another track that fits well into ’10s Latin pop – I fully expect to hear this one emanating from every Zumba classroom soon!
Bitch I’m Loca
Another Latin-tinged duet with Maluma, with a good danceable rhythm.
I Don’t Search I Find
Nice ’90s-tinged dance beat here that slightly reminds me of the Ray Of Light album.
Looking For Mercy
Slow and atmospheric – I really like this track.
Another slow-ish track to finish the album – it builds nicely, but I find the tune a bit uninspired.
Overall it’s a very interesting album with a lot of variety. I’ll be coming back to this one.