Rebel Heart - Most iconic songs on an album

     Madonna's brand new album Rebel Heart made huge waves with probably one of the biggest leaks in music history which in a hasty tantrum was called "artistic rape" and "terrorism" by the artist. What makes it even more odd was the fact that even after the arrest of the supposedly hacker, a few weeks before the sheduled release, the full album leaked once more in finished form on the internet. 

     Sales aren't going that great, they suposedly dropped hugely in the second week after the release, making the album drop in sales chart right down to 21st place. The culprit might be the leaks or simply Madonna's desire to always keep in touch with modern music which, ever since American Life album, has proven to alienate a lot of her 90's earned fans. A lot of fans over the past recent years have been saying over and over again that they really prefer the True Blue - Ray of light era over these experiments as they call them.

     Well if Hard Candy and especially MDNA had a lot of misfit songs to go around, I was amazed at Rebel Heart for bringing us the most iconic songs on an album ever. With an grand total of 25 songs released it was bound to happen. Not even MDNA's deluxe edition, released also on two discs packed this many songs, having only 17 total. 

     Madonna revealed in an interview she actually wrote about 40 songs from which she had to chose. Considering that over 30 of them leaked online, the decision to release so many songs on an album was probably based on fans expectations. Upon hearing the first 13 leaks I was less than impressed. Bad quality sound and blatant unfinished song tracking combined with the obvious desire for new sound and composition experimenting made me really disappointed at first thinking this would be even worse than the B-day song from MDNA. 

     Madonna soon gave fans a reason to expect a great release once Ghosttown leaked in it's finished form revealing one of the most iconic tracks in Madonna's career. It was also pretty soon taken as a perfect anthemic song for the lgbt comunity and soon after more intriguing leaks came into public view. Brand new polished Illuminati began a pile of controverse. Madonna didn't let the momentum die out and rolled out the first single. Living for love along side it's awesome video and important live performances raised more and more fans interest and appreciation. 

    There have been a lot of crazy going on as well that frankly displeased some of the fans. 

- album was released in three versions for absolutely no good reason. The so called less adult looking cover of the standard edition, considering the deluxe 19 tracks one has Madonna with naked shoulders, simply makes no sense since explicit content tracks are still inside on the disc. Fans also complained about the fact the standard version was missing the song that gave the album's name. 

- a grand total of 25 tracks were indeed released however the super deluxe does not feature them at all, instead having two remixes for Living for love. Queen and Autotune baby have been released as bonus tracks only in two countries which also gave fans good reason to be unsatisfied

- the news that the super deluxe will be released as a digipack with no booklet came also as a shock. However after the actual release, a lot of fans including myself realised almost all the pics were imprinted on the digipack's insides and the packing itself really has an appealing design. Fans who bought or saw the unboxing said they fully reconsidered and that the digipack is really awesome. 

- probably wanting to spite the leaks or simply because Madonna's song producers wanted it so, some of the songs were changed beyond recognition and not always in a good way. What is worst in my opinion is that one of the most iconic songs on the album Beautiful scars, was made into sounding more like a chill-remix. S.E.X. also sounds more like a remix compared to the demo version. Other songs like Borrowed time or Inside out kept their original blueprint but a lot of the instrumentation changed. Borrowed time for instance sounds more mellow than the demo version. 

- the rapping on some of the songs, by Chance and NAS, wasn't really well received by some fans and with good reason. Fans listen to Madonna for a reason, not many of them fancy rapping. 

     Even so, most of the album's songs were polished beautifully proving to have an awesome evolution compared to their demo versions. Songs like Borrowed time, Inside out and Beautiful scars were greatly appreciated in both demo and finished form while S.E.X. was pretty much ditched alltoghether, although I'd say the final version is really not that bad. 

     In conclusion, counting strong messaging throughout the album, it is most fair to say this album has the most iconic songs ever gathered on a Madonna release: Living for love, Ghosttown, Joan of Arc, Make the devil pray, Inside out, Beautiful scars, Rebel Heart, Wash all over me, Messiah, Iconic, Illuminati, Grafitti heart. 

     At least for me, this album gave me the incentive after many many years to be interested and also pleasantly surprised by Madonna's awesome live performances on Living for love, Joan of Arc and Ghosttown. On Ghosttown we recently saw a great live performance where Madonna was accompanied on guitar by Taylor Swift. You can watch the video here.

     Also after many years I really loved one of her music videos. Living for love video is breathtaking, really well directed and meaningful and we are prommised another great video coming soon for Ghosttown. I'm also really hoping and looking forward to a very interesting one for Illuminati. 

     By no means ditching the others, I'd say Madonna has the best wardrobe I've seen yet. I am very impressed especially by her matador style outfits. Alongside some of MDNA's costumes, in my humble opinion these are the best costumes she's had in years. 

     Below you have a selection of lyrics I found most representative, meaningful and inspiring. 

       Living for love

Took me to heaven and let me fall down
Now that it's over
I'm gonna carry on
Lifted me up, and watched me stumble
After the heartache, I'm gonna carry on
Living for love
I'm not giving up
I'm gonna carry on
Not gonna stop
Love's gonna lift me up


Maybe it was all too much
Too much for a man to take
Everything's bound to break
Sooner or later, sooner or later

You're all that I can trust
Facing the darkest days
Everyone ran away
But we're gonna stay here, we're gonna stay here

When it all falls, when it all falls down

I'll be your fire when the lights go out

When there's no one, no one else around

We'll be two souls in a ghost town

     Joan of Arc

Each time they take a photograph
I lose a part I can't get back
I wanna hide, this is the part where I dettach
Each time they write a hateful word
Dragging my soul into the dirt
I wanna die
Never admit it but it hurts

I don't wanna talk about it right now
Just hold me while I cry my eyes out
I'm not Joan of Arc, not yet
But I'm in the dark, yeah
I can't be a superhero right now
Even hearts made out of steel can break down

I'm not Joan of Arc, not yet

I'm only human

One little lie can rule my day
Words are like weapons they betray
When I am afraid, one word of kindness it can save me

     Inside out 

Hold me closer, full disclosure
Let it out, let me in
On your knees, confess to me
Every doubt, every sin
That’s how love’s supposed to be

I wanna know what you’re all about
You’re beautiful when you’re broken down
Let your walls crumble to the ground
Let me love you from the inside out

Every scar that you try to hide
All the dark corners of your mind
Show me yours, and I’ll show you mine
Let me love you from the inside out

     Beautiful scars

Just take me with all my stupid flaws
Changing me's like shooting in the dark
Patience, please, I'll never be as perfect as you want me to
Believe me, I want it just as bad
Forgive me, wish I could change the past
Take it, cause, I'll never be as perfect as you want

I think you're confusing me with somebody else
I won't apologize for being myself

Take me with all of my beautiful scars
I love you the way that you are
I come to you with all my flaws
With all my beautiful scars

     Rebel Heart

I've lived my life like a masochist
Hearing my father say,
'Told you so, told you so!
Why can't you be like the other girls?'
I said, 'Oh no, that's not me
And I don't think that it'll ever be'


Thought I belong to a different tribe
Walking alone, never satisfied, satisfied
Trying to fit in but it wasn't me
I said, 'Oh no, I want more
That's not what I'm looking for'


So I took the road less traveled by
And I barely made it out alive
Through the darkness somehow I survived
Tough love, I knew it from the start
Deep down in the depth
Of my rebel heart

     Grafitti heart

If graffiti on the wall changed anything at all
Then it would be illegal
If scars could go away
What would your body say
Don't ever hide your feelings

Ohh don't ever try to take my freedom
Ohh your imperfections, this world needs them

What do you got, show me your Basquiat
He didn't keep it all to himself
Even with Keith out on the street, he died fighting
So you can do it as well

Love is paint and paint is art
Show me your graffiti heart
Love is paint and paint is art
Show me your graffiti heart

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