Twenty Years Later
By A.J. Carolan
Since it’s the 20th anniversary of Ray Of Light this month. I thought I would pay my homage and respect to one of my most loved albums. I was very influenced by electronic music in the late 90s. The Prodigy, Moby, Underworld, Daft Punk, Sneaker Pimps, Portishead and Fluke. Ray Of Light met me at the perfect moment and time. I hope this does it justice...
Ray Of Light is Madonna’s seventh studio album and her highest artistic expression to date. Collaborating with producers, William Orbit and Massive Attack. Madonna takes obscured electronica and wields it into broad, pop accessibility for the masses. Using alluring ambient synths, sonic blurbs, crunches, swirling atmospherics,glitching scratches, seascape pulses,slick bubbly pops, warped hooks and ethereal strings. The listener is immediately entranced and introduced to a new idea of Madonna. An artist who is no longer interested in anyone else’s ways of thinking, but her own. This is Madonna with herself and her creativity.
Madonna’s vocals on Ray Of Light are in top form. From sky high, pitch perfect to billowing, moaning echos Madonna has vocally matured since her four year hiatus and previous album, Bedtime Stories
In lyrics and themes about mysticism, vast oceans, iced grey deserts, planets, stars, galaxies, karma, meditation, Madonna taps into feeling a higher power than oneself. A surrendering to the unknown and reinvents herself as cosmic earth mother
Heavily inspired by spirituality and the birth of her first child. Madonna draws out deep self realization and self awareness. Through thoughts and feelings of humility,love,acceptance, understanding, selflessness,sympathy, compassion, loyalty and forgiveness. Ray Of Light is a pop masterpiece. Surrounded in dreamy soundscapes and lush, rippled, oceanic, ambience. Classic and modern at the same time. Truly a beacon in the realm of pop perfection. Twenty years ago this month, Ray Of Light cast its mystical spell and it has yet to be broken.