Madonna - Ray of Light
NME.COM feature on Madonna - Ray of Light album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 23 June 1998
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- Drowned World/Substitute For Love
- Ray of Light
- Candy Perfume Girl
- Nothing Really Matters
- Sky Fits Heaven
- The Power of Good-Bye
- To Have and Not to Hold
- Little Star
- Mer Girl
Just turn off the radio when this come on
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Madonna - Ray of Light: Wikipedia Album Entry
Ray of Light is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on March 3, 1998 by Maverick Records. After giving birth to her daughter Lourdes, Madonna collaborated with Patrick Leonard and William Orbit in developing the album. After failed sessions with other producers, Madonna pursued a new musical direction with Orbit and incorporated his extensive usage of trance and electronic music in her songs. The recording took place over four months, but experienced problems with the Pro Tools arrangement by Orbit as well as the absence of live bands.
However, upon release, the album was lauded by contemporary critics as a music masterpiece of the decade. Reviewers complimented the album for its mature, restrained nature as well as commending Madonna's musical direction, calling it her "most adventurous" record. Commercially, the album was a success on the world charts, peaking at number one in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe. On the U.S. Billboard 200, the album debuted and peaked at number two. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Quadruple Platinum on March 16, 2000, recognizing four million shipments in the United States, making it her fifth best-selling recording there. Worldwide, Ray of Light sold 14 million copies.
Five singles were released from the album. The first single "Frozen" was an international success, as was the second one, "Ray of Light", which won a number of awards for its music video. In 1999, the album received three Grammy Awards, including "Best Pop Vocal Album", and "Best Dance Recording." In 2003, the album was ranked #363 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Madonna has performed songs from this album on a number of her world tours, most recently the Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-09).
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You only see what your eyes want to see
How can life be what you want it to be
When your heart's not open
I ran from my house that cannot contain me
From the man that I cannot keep
From my mother who haunts me, even though she's gone
From my daughter that never sleeps
Never forget who you are, little star
Never forget how to dream, butterfly
God gave a present to me
To have and not to hold
So hot, yet so cold
My heart is in your hand
And yet you never stand
Your heart is not open, so I must go
The spell has been broken, I loved you so
Freedom comes when you learn to let go
Creation comes when you learn to say no
Vunde gurunam caranaravinde
Sandarsita svatma sukhavabodhe
Sansara halahala moha santyai
âSky fits Heaven, so fly itâ
That's what the prophet said to me
Child fits mother, so hold your baby tight
That's what my future could see
When I was very young
Nothing really mattered to me
But making myself happy
I was the only one
Do I know you from somewhere?
Why do you leave me wanting more?
Why do all the things I say
Sound like the stupid things I've said before?
Young velvet porcelain boy
Devour me when you're with me
Blue wish window seas
Speak delicious fires
Put your head on my shoulder, baby
Things can't get any worse
Night is getting colder
Sometimes life feels like it's a curse
Zephyr in the sky at night I wonder
Do my tears of mourning sink beneath the sun?
She's got herself a universe gone quickly
For the call of thunder threatens everyone
I traded fame for love
Without a second thought
It all became a silly game
Some things cannot be bought