Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Dusting off Ray of Light

I've got about an estimated 1600 CDs (not including CD-Rs), so I obviously don't have time to listen to them all. I do like to dust off ones that I haven't listened to in a while, though. The other day I brought out Madonna's Ray of Light.



Now, I'm not a huge fan of Madonna, but I am a huge fan of this album. When I first heard it I was blown away. I enjoyed a lot of her past singles, but this saw her adapting (like she always does) to a music genre that I was completely into at the time - electronica. And she did it well. Credit is due to her producer William Orbit for successfully blending the organic and artificial. Try and tell me that, after hearing the sonic swell towards the end, "Drowned World/Substitute for Love" isn't her best post-80s song (FYI, her best 80s era song: "Like a Prayer"). Nostalgia plays some role in my love of this album. It reminds me of college, driving down to New Orleans with friends (including spydrz and Shamrock) for spring break. Ah, good times.

Her subsequent releases failed to captured the same magic for me. Music and its embrace of electro was okay, although I'm not a huge fan of the production by Mirwais. And American Life? Let's just say an overtly political and rapping Madonna is not a good thing.

10 comments:

spydrz said...

After that trip, I don't think I listened to it again. 2000 miles with only that CD on kinda ruined it for me.

Kate The Great said...

Ahh! Someone just burned a cd with Ray of Light on it for me. Love that tune. Yes... I dance around to it when I'm getting ready to go out. Always looking for a great dance toon ;)

Micah said...

The weird thing is that "Ray of Light" is probably my least favorite track on that album.

And, spydrz, what better reason to pull out the disc? It's been, what, 6 years?

T0bI@H said...

Omg I know! I love that album, and Ray of Light and Power Of Goodbye are my favs. I found that album a while ago cleaning my room. Love it!

spydrz said...

Almost 7? Didn't Vic bring that CD?

spydrz said...

Just dusted it off and dropped it in to the cd player. Ahh, memories of that trip to the Big Easy in the ol' 525i. My first car with heated seats :)

spydrz said...

Going through my other old CDs and I came across "Out of the Closet and Flaming" by Dave Matthews. A great 90s CD. Takes me back.

Micah said...

Told you it was still a good CD. Haven't listened to DMB in a looooong time. There's a few songs on there that I like. Dammit - now I'm gonna have to locate that CD.

spydrz said...

You can borrow it next time you're in the Old Dominion.

Micah said...

No need...I gots my own, my brother.