Can Beyonce please give Madonna some pointers on keeping your tracks under wraps? The pop icon’s Rebel Heart campaign suffered another major setback today (December 23) when 14 new demos leaked. This follows the early arrival of several songs last week, six of which were subsequently rush-released on iTunes. Unless the enduring diva has another dozen or so songs locked away, her 13th album is now online in one form or another.
It’s an irritating development because Rebel Heart already feels/sounds like the 56-year-old’s most convincing set since 2005’s Confessions On A Dance Floor. The six legally-available tracks give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new material. Nothing matches the quality of ’90s-referencing lead single “Living For Love” or gorgeous synth-ballad “Ghosttown,” but there are plenty of gems that demand multiple listens.
Protest anthem “Freedom” is as timely as it is pretty, while “Beautiful Scars” finds Madonna at her most vulnerable. There are, however, some unfortunate duds. Self-help floorfiller “Iconic” doesn’t live up to its title, “God Is Love” is well-intentioned but awful, and “Veni Vidi Vici” sounds like a reject from Hard Candy. These tunes may or may not make the final cut, but, at the very least, they prove the Material Girl is on the right track. See a list of the latest leaks after the jump.
The following tracks leaked today:
— Iconic — Veni Vidi Vici — Beautiful Scars — Freedom — God Is Love — Hold Tight — Best Night — Inside Out — Tragic Girl — Nothing Lasts Forever — Holy Water — Graffiti Heart — Body Shop — Back That Up (Do It) feat. Pharrell
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