Another Gem! Madonna Soars On Reflective Ballad “I Rise”

Mike Wass | May 3, 2019 12:05 am
Madonna & Maluma's 'Medellín' Video
The Queen of Pop's blockbuster 'Medellín' video is a rousing act of rebellion.

Madonna shows a different side of Madame X on “I Rise.” Co-written with Starrah and Jason Evigan, the mid-tempo ballad finds the Queen of Pop in a reflective (and unusually vulnerable) moment. “There’s nothing you can do to me that hasn’t been done, not bulletproof, should have run from a gun,” the 60-year-old sings in the opening verse. “River of tears ran dry, let ’em run.” But don’t get it twisted. This isn’t a pity party. Instead, it’s a declaration of strength and perseverance. “I can’t break down now, I can’t take that now,” she belts on the pre-chorus. “Died a thousand times, managed to survive.”

That leads us to the simple, but effective chorus. “I rise (I rise), I rise (rise), I rise up above it.” Madonna’s latest anthem is both specific to her, and the obstacles she has overcome, and universal. In that it’s a battle cry for anyone facing adversity or discrimination. This is the second of five tracks that the living legend will release in the lead-up to Madame X on June 14. And if “Medellín” and “I Rise” are any indication, it’s shaping up to be the hitmaker’s most eclectic and weighty work since American Life. Listen below.

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