Thursday, March 12, 2015

Madonna's Rebel Heart

Madonna's 13th studio album Rebel Heart is her best since Music
When I got the opportunity to review Madonna's new album Rebel Heart I jumped at the chance.  Because I love Madonna. 

Her music has been the soundtrack to my life-my girlhood/womanhood/motherhood/personhood.  She inspired(s) me.  

When I was a kid I remember wishing I could dress like her and would sing "Dress You Up In My Love" over and over and over, and over.  She was bold and brave and sort of dangerous. She was a Midwestern girl with a complicated family, mother issues, father issues, and big dreams of being somebody and proving everyone wrong.  Um, I could relate. Over the years, her music got bolder and she pushed limits and boundaries, and in my own way, I was too.

The thing that I always admired and related to about Madonna and her music is the way she portrayed such toughness and tenderness.  She's both I don't need anyone ever and all I ever want is someone to love me. She has always straddled the hate/love, strong/vulnerable in life in a way that I completely relate to.

She does it again beautifully in Rebel Heart. In fact, it may be her best musical example of being a bad ass and being vulnerable, and how it's okay and beautiful to be both.


Songs like "Veni Vidi Vici" which features Nas, are a look back at Madonna's songs/life.  Nas says "life is so crazy, you've been through a lot, you ought to tell your story sometime."  And I'm so glad she does.

"Living For Love" is a great song. It is catchy and very danceable.  

"Iconic" is one of my favorite songs and it features Chance The Rapper and even Mike Tyson. Yup, Mike Tyson.  "Bitch I'm Madonna" is a fun song that I would put on to get ready to go out, I mean if I ever did things like that.

Of course Madonna has a few very raunchy songs about sex.  It wouldn't feel like a Madonna album without those. She sings/says some pretty shocking stuff in "Holy Water" and it's pretty fabulous.

This whole album incorporates where she's been and how she is okay with how it shaped who she is today.  Once again, I find myself nodding my head and saying "yes, Madonna!" At 40, I'm feeling reflective.  My children are getting older, I'm getting older, even Madonna is getting older.  I've said good-bye to toxic relationships, had unbelievable experiences, traveled, gotten jobs, lost jobs, made bad choices, made good choices and it all shaped who I am today. And just like when I was a kid, I'm singing along with Madonna.  

I'm singing, "Hell yeah, this is me, right where I'm supposed to be!" (from the song "Rebel Heart").

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In a strange twist of fate, I find myself living in the same town where Madonna grew up. I relate to things she has said about growing up here in Midwestern conservative suburban land.  I relate to maybe not fitting in and trying to find my place. The music helps. Watching Madonna be a bad ass, loving, strong mother and performer helps.  She is still inspiring me with her music and her life.  You better believe I will be blasting Rebel Heart from my minivan as I drive around my small Michigan town.  I can be a bad ass, loving, strong mother too because I'm living for love.
I didn't go to a Madonna concert until I had three of my kids and lived in Metro Detroit.  Now I've been to two shows and hope to go to her Rebel Heart Concert.
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for a list of cities where she will be stopping.

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I participated in the Madonna Rebel Heart album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.


  1. Yes, yes, yes. I didn't know, when I got my first Madonna cassette in my stocking one Christmas, that she would become one of the threads that stayed constant in my life. I love her.

  2. I totally wanted to be Madonna when I was younger. She was just SO COOL. And still is. It's kind of not fair. ;)