GUEST SPOT #44 - Madonna "Ray of Light"
This weeks guest post has been submitted by Bryn!
Madonna - 'Ray of Light'
So it's 2012 now, and Madonna is out on tour with yet another new album. Even considering that Madonna put her first single out thirty years ago, somehow it's still difficult to believe that 'Ray of Light', which represented her most drastic self-reinvention up to that point, is now nearly half her career ago. That turning point in 1998 brought a lot of new people into Madonna's fan circle. I hadn't ever really been crazy about her, but at the time I was well into the style of William Orbit, and when I first heard 'Ray of Light' on the radio I just knew the song had something to do with Orbit. That his presence is felt so strongly both on the song and throughout the album is a credit to it, and was something so very different from anything Madonna had done before. The song came out on CD (remember those?) in May, and I pretty much spent the entire summer with it on repeat. This was very out of character for me; I had never really been a Top 40 kind of girl and 'Ray of Light' gave me hope that chart music could actually be decent. Obviously radio pop has taken a lot of twists and turns since that fateful summer, as has Madonna's career, but this will always be a standout song for me, and pretty much takes me right back to 1998 every time I hear it.