Single Review: Joan of Arc by Madonna

Madonna continues to release bits and pieces of her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart, and after her solid turn performing at the Grammy Awards, she dropped three more tracks. With a total of nine new tunes legally available (not quite half of the sprawling deluxe edition), it's clear that Rebel is going to be a varied affair, moving between harder dance tunes and mid-tempo dance-inflected ballads. "Joan of Arc"  falls in the latter camp and is the best of the newest songs (though I also appreciate the straight-up club sounds on "Hold Tight"). Like stronger Madonna ballads, "Joan of Arc" shows a softer diva who has grappled with the pressures of public expectation. However, more importantly, the song has an intimacy because it is pitched as a communication between the singer and a lover; rather than being about pop stardom, it is about someone reaching out to a partner when the world seems too harsh. It is the kind of accessible and sweet tune any fan could appreciate.

1 comment:

Leslie Lim said...

I would like to share it with all my friends and hope they will like it too.