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Ray Of Light (album) by Madonna

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Ray Of Light
Ray Of Light by Madonna (1998)
Overall rank: 517th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
73/100 (from 480 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 1998 (8th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (101st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (517th)

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Ray Of Light is ranked as the best album by Madonna.

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-Ray Of LightLike A Prayer

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Average Rating: 
73/100 (from 480 votes)
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90/100
Grande acerto de Madonna. Tinha house, misticismo e produção divina.
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80/100
Why this one? Of all her albums, why choose the one with rather uninspired ‘90s electronic production, with less expressive vocals than I’m expecting from Madonna, with... ugh, you know where this reminds me of? Those hip hop albums that get a lot of praise, and people comment on it like: “I don’t like hip hop, but this...”. They’re just more ‘white’: more melody, more choruses, more self-loathing in the lyrics. Which aren’t necessarily bad things, and the praise is sometimes deserved, but what’s so bad about the hip hop albums that don’t do those things?
And now that I think of it, this is on of Madonna’s least ‘feminine’ and sex-focused albums. I think that explains a lot.

Anyway, the album is still good, and shows how Madonna can survive in any musical environment.
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Rating:  
85/100
From jnfbn
Some people overrate this because it's Madonna, and some underrate it because, you know, it's Madonna. I think it's a pretty decent album
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65/100
From Brad1770

Madonna' Ray Of Light BEA ranked 494 February 2018

This was my first Madonna album since Erotica many years ago and it did not disappoint . Following a couple of failed collaborations Mag eventually struck critical and commercial gold when William Orbit came on for this project .

If you've never heard this album the lead single 'Ray Of Light ' is actually atypical of the album as a whole , yes there are electronic and EDM within but for me the slower more atmospheric tracks worked best . Starting with track 8 'Shanti' and going through to track 13 the final 6 songs are great (even if 'Little Star' is a tad sappy )

Ray Of Light is a triumph
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70/100
Madonna peaking!
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85/100
The first three songs are as good as anything in the late 90s (Radiohead, Massive Attack, etc.) I'd even say better- the songs aren't bitter but...sad. A beautiful sadness. Ingenious music updating 60s psychedelica with edm (a la Primal Scream, maybe, but filled with much more feeling). Rarely listen beyond first three, though.
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100/100
A beautiful album. Amazing vocals. It really captures the beauty of everything through music.
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90/100
From Luigii
I was never a big fan of Madonna. That being said so far this album is pretty impressive and has hold up a lot. Will edit this comment to give a rating for this album.
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80/100
Along with, like a prayer, Madonna's best album. Ray of light, is one of those rare Madge records where every song is actually good, no real filler here. Good tracks in, nothing really matters, frozen, and the title track. The Madonna album for non Madonna fans.
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A big step above what's expected.
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