Madonna offers an impassioned self-empowerment anthem with her the latest track from Madame X, “I Rise.”
Following her pretty great but also totally overhyped Billboard Music Awards performance of “Medellin” with Maluma, the Queen of Pop is ready to strike while the iron is hot.
Can we just talk about the BBMA performance for a second…the holograms we bloody brilliant, so much better than the Whitney one years ago, but the whole performance was a bit meh with a lot of backing track and a too many try hard moments (whipping).
Back to the track…
“I Rise” continues from the back of the mid-tempo stuff from Rebel Heart, a vibe that sounds good for Madonna at 60.
The track opens with a speech from Emma Gonzalez, the young activist is fighting for stricter gun control which helps set the story for the rest of the song.
The production rests mostly on a guitar, but during the chorus, light synths and airy vocals take control which help drive the lyrics of the song.
The uplifting nature of the production is kind of tarnished by the heavily autotuned vocals which make it sound really impersonal.
The track works extremely well as a promo track, it does what it says on the tin and gives us a bit of hype for the upcoming album out 16th June.
Check the track out below and let us know what you think in the comments!