What does it mean to be awake in 2019? Does this mean that you have to shout out injuries and pain from the street or from the front of your iPhone camera to be a freedom fighter and a warrior of change and to be noticed? Madame X, also known as Madonna, is in the same world as us, and to your surprise, she deeply thinks about everything you think about.
Many people have always been repelled by the thought that Madonna has some deeper thoughts about spirituality, existentialism or cultural commentary because of her privileges in society (being one of the most distinguished live pop icons in the world and all that), but in her most powerful job to date, Madame X, she knows this, and she copes with this conflicting anger, coming to the recognition that she can only be herself, and to be herself is to “dance.” With the help of Maluma, “Medellin” opens a recording through the sleepy sequence of the world in which Madonna separated from the reality of her fame and plunged into the world where she is considered as someone for her soul, walking in a ballroom with a hot Latin singer. We learn that Madame X is not a nihilist. "This time I did not need to hide …"
It is also a heartbreaking reminder that Madonna had to fight to show her pain to the world so that it would always be perceived as opportunistic, corporate or manipulative. All that she does is not enough – what seems to be puzzling to her, because all she wants is for people to listen to her and help others. And this is how she nurtured so much purposeful advertising about using shock in her career to raise her consciousness around everything from AIDS to LGBT rights and to tools of the magic belief system in Kabbalah.
Despite the fact that Madonna’s activity was not recognized as part of her legacy, she was erased and forgotten instead of such cliches as her age, what she decides to put on her body, and dirty signatures on Instagram. Madonna has grown in epochs thanks to her art, and while she has to take a nap, she is still struggling to create the art she wants to see in the world. Why is it not celebrated? Talking about the age of Madonna and her personality is so boring.
We can never understand or recognize the unique position of the goddess of power, which Madonna has in the world in which she is almost something abstract or divine, but we know that there is a person who causes this power, and this person is the one to who can we all connect to. This man fights to be heard on Madame X
“Dark Ballet” is powerful in presenting her understanding of parody and power in a place of hopelessness, where our world can sometimes seem that we live in some strange pop-bizaro novel. After 4 minutes of the horror of Electronics, she gets a clown: “Can't you hear outside of your Highest Hoody? / They think that we do not know about their crimes … ”. This hints to the listener that there is another, more sublime spiritual consciousness. available at our disposal and we could reach it, but not many are open. Madame X is laughing at this: “There is so much pain in your world. Your world is on fire! "
On “God Control,” Madame X takes power to pop and parodies to an eccentric level in which a song begins as a spiritual revelation, and then transformed into a simulated-disco chants about “new democracy, god and pornography.” This is the longest song on the record And for good reason: the song’s “shift” seems to reflect the euphoric way we react to the world around us, filled with optimism and “positive vibrations” in one second, and then the next fucking rock next.
Madame X calls Quavo "The Future", a diplomat saying "how not everyone comes to the future." This casts doubt on how the concept of what the future is, is different from each person, and how, perhaps, we all cannot come to a single version of reality. “Killers who are parties”, provocative in their name, reflect our impotence. The role of the rebel and defender of the devil is something that still holds close to her heart in a world where she observes how the identity of each is persecuted and destroyed as a result of daily violence and injustice: "I will be gay if the gay are burned / I will be Islam if Islam is hated. ”
Even Madame X is not immune from unrequited love. In The Worm, her young mistress, played by Sue Lee, she confesses: “Feelings never fade, I don't think we should play with that.” It seems that Madonna sings about love is always lonely, as if she becomes attached to anyone with whom she makes a choice to be vulnerable to.
The most powerful moment of the recording, “Extreme Occident”, sounds like you were trapped in the elevator of a luxury hotel with Madame X, thanks to the collaboration with Madonna Mirvays, a long-time creative partner (whom we can thank for the cult classic Impressive Instant). “What hurt me the most was that I was not lost.” MX said everything. To find a safe place in the world, something to grieve? This is what enlightenment is, and Madame X is no longer afraid to feel free.
“Bitch I’m Loca” is the chaotic concept of Madonna’s long-time love for world music and Electronica from another fucking dimension, which embodies what the soundtrack tells the story of this album and the story of Madame X through grace and power.
“I'm not looking, I find” returns us to Madonna, which everyone seems to be trying to embrace nostalgically, the disco queen of our childhood, but reminds us all that “we live between life and death, this is our gypsy blood, Before we saying goodbye forever, Madame X reminds us that we can kill her, but she will still return to “I Will Stand Up”, stating that “I died a thousand times, managed to survive”, a song dedicated to artists and ostracism, marginal people who should fight to be seen or heard in this world. Madonna is a person, but, like everyone else, she is a soul, and above all a spirit, and in times when we are obsessed with binary files and break them, this is a little about the slaughterhouse that no one can listen to in the art she creates, which is perhaps the most chaotic, advanced version of the strange popularity that our world has found.
The identity and social construction of themselves is what most people with a smartphone face. Whether it is subconscious or conscious, it is always in play because of the tendency of social networks to force us to present our avatar versions of ourselves. The sense of having to hide herself and the freedom of anxiety Madonna gained Madame Xthe freedom to be vulnerable in this world is much more difficult than in the past because of the commercial version of ourselves that we present. The highs and lows of fame are not only exceptional for celebrities, because anyone who ever has an Instagram account has to deal with the anxiety of the public and private themselves, as well as the possibility of being “burned at the stake” by the flames of the “receipt” reveals the risk of losing everything this.
Maybe we should challenge ourselves as a culture to become better, in how we treated her with misogyny, lack of openness and understanding, and creating tests that made her so symbolic for the pain that many women and artists experience every day .
We can all try to nullify Madonna’s pain, but she has one for us, because she already knows what will happen next, and now she seems to not care, and in today's society we are all Madame X: for a quest, lost , search for oneself and one's identity, an attempt to achieve an idea or aesthetics of perfectionism, to show what is happening to us inside, and an attempt to tell our story, whether it is built or real. Maybe no one cares. And this is the time. We have to go dance.