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Madonna “Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones” Album Review

Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones (2022 Remasters)

Madonna

    • Genre: Pop
    • Date: 19 Aug, 2022
    • Content: Not-explicit
    • Region: USA
    • Track(s): 50
  • ℗ 2022 Warner Records LLC.

Madonna’s brand new release, celebrating four decades of her club hits finally arrived. The collections, curated by the reigning Queen of Pop herself – are a homage to her unmatched chart success, marking the historical moment she topped the Dance Club chart for the 50th time, – making her the first and only recording artist to have 50 number one hits on any single Billboard chart.

Boasting more than 220 minutes of remixes, Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones covers decades of dance club chart domination. The album is arranged mostly in chronological order, showcasing the countless re-inventions that have made Madonna an international icon of both music and style. Sadly, the compilation’s selling point also turns out to be its Achilles’ heel, with Madonna making what can only be seen as some pretty weird selections from her remix archive.

Album Cover Art

Madonna &Quot;Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones&Quot; Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, November 28, 2022

A younger version of Madonna is seen donning a all-black outfit with both wrists embellished with fancy ornaments and jewelry, as she strikes a pose for the cam that captures all her in all her glory with a long list of her hits scattered on the brown background behind her.

Tracks and Features

Opener, “Into the Groove” (You Can Dance Remix Edit) is irresistible and influential. “Into the Groove” is arguably the template for the club-pop hybrids that started in the ‘80s and continue to be released to this very day. With instrumental effects, stammering vocals, and sporadic rhythmic flourishes, the “You Can Dance Remix Edit” of “Into the Groove,” which this compilation makes digitally available for the first time, is glorious even in its truncation. It gives one of Madonna’s most famous songs a sparkling alternative flavor. However, it invites unfavorable comparisons to Madonna’s earlier work.

“Vogue” (Single Version) is simply a perfect pop song that hasn’t sounded out of place on any dance floor at any time in the last 30 or so years. “Keep It Together” (Alternate Single Remix), the fifth and final single from 1990’s “Like a Prayer” stands toe-to-toe with the title track and “Express Yourself” as the album’s premiere floor-filler.

“Girl Gone Wild” (Avicii’s UMF Mix) which happens to be the best song on 2012’s “MDNA” got a blistering overhaul for the Ultra Music Festival by the late, great Avicii. This has a drop for the ages. “Frozen” (Extended Club Mix Edit), is the best of the “Ray of Light”-era remixes contained on “Finally Enough Love.” Swap it out with Madonna’s recent Sickick collaboration if you’re looking for something a little more contemporary.

“American Life” (Felix da Housecat’s Devin Dazzle Edit), Chicago’s Felix da Housecat softened the edges of Madonna’s prickly “American Life” by leaning into the “Modern life is not for me” refrain on this masterful remix.  On “Jump” (Axwell Remix Edit), Swedish House Mafia member Axwell wraps “Jump” in his trademark electro-house wizardry, adding to the long list of great “Confessions” remixes.

Moving forward in time, the “Junior’s Luscious Single Mix” of “Secret” by Junior Vasquez and the “David’s Radio Edit” of “Deeper and Deeper” by David Morales are dazzling instances of the early-1990s New York house sound: all harsh, swinging beats, cheery synth lines, and finely coiled tension.

Closing the compilation with “Erotica” (Underground Club Mix), the slinky, disco-tinged overhaul that Madonna gave “Erotica” on the “Confessions” tour is a triumph.

Tracklist

NO

TITLE

ARTIST

TIME

1 Holiday (7″ Version) Madonna 4:18
2 Like A Virgin (7″ Version) Madonna 3:36
3 Material Girl (7″ Version) Madonna 3:58
4 Into The Groove (You Can Dance Remix Edit) Madonna 4:44
5 Open Your Heart (Video Version) Madonna 4:26
6 Physical Attraction (You Can Dance Remix Edit) Madonna 3:52
7 Everybody (You Can Dance Remix Edit) Madonna 4:34
8 Like A Prayer (7″ Remix Edit) Madonna 5:42
9 Express Yourself (Remix Edit) Madonna 4:59
10 Keep It Together (Alternate Single Remix) Madonna 4:51
11 Vogue (Single Version) Madonna 4:20
12 Justify My Love (Orbit Edit) Madonna 4:31
13 Erotica (Underground Club Mix) Madonna 4:52
14 Deeper And Deeper (David’s Radio Edit) Madonna 4:02
15 Fever (Radio Edit) Madonna 5:07
16 Secret (Junior’s Luscious Single Mix) Madonna 4:15
17 Bedtime Story (Junior’s Single Mix) Madonna 4:52
18 Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Miami Mix Edit) Madonna 4:28
19 Frozen (Extended Club Mix Edit) Madonna 4:36
20 Ray Of Light (Sasha Ultra Violet Mix Edit) Madonna 5:06
21 Nothing Really Matters (Club 69 Radio Mix) Madonna 3:43
22 Beautiful Stranger (Calderone Radio Mix) Madonna 4:02
23 American Pie (Richard “Humpty” Vission Radio Mix) Madonna 4:25
24 Music (Deep Dish Dot Com Radio Edit) Madonna 4:11
25 Don’t Tell Me (Thunderpuss Video Remix) Madonna 4:08
26 What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above And Beyond Club Radio Edit) Madonna 3:43
27 Impressive Instant (Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Radio Mixshow Mix) Madonna 5:30
28 Die Another Day (Deepsky Radio Edit) Madonna 4:06
29 American Life (Felix Da Housecat’s Devin Dazzle Edit) Madonna 3:21
30 Hollywood (Calderone & Quayle Edit) Madonna 3:59
31 Me Against The Music (feat. Madonna) [Peter Rauhofer Radio Mix] Britney Spears 3:42
32 Nothing Fails (Tracy Young’s Underground Radio Edit) Madonna 4:30
33 Love Profusion (Ralphi Rosario House Vocal Edit) Madonna 3:55
34 Hung Up (SDP Extended Vocal Edit) Madonna 4:56
35 Sorry (PSB Maxi Mix Edit) Madonna 4:31
36 Get Together (Jacques Lu Cont Vocal Edit) Madonna 4:22
37 Jump (Axwell Remix Edit) Madonna 4:44
38 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) [Bob Sinclar Space Funk Edit] Madonna 3:22
39 Give It 2 Me (Eddie Amador Club 5 Edit) Madonna 4:55
40 Celebration (Benny Benassi Remix Edit) Madonna 3:58
41 Give Me All Your Luvin’ (feat. LMFAO & Nicki Minaj) [Party Rock Remix] Madonna 3:59
42 Girl Gone Wild (Avicii’s UMF Mix) Madonna 5:14
43 Turn Up The Radio (Offer Nissim Remix Edit) Madonna 4:54
44 Living For Love (Offer Nissim Promo Mix) Madonna 5:52
45 Ghosttown (Dirty Pop Intro Remix) Madonna 5:20
46 Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) [Sander Kleinberg Video Edit] Madonna 3:21
47 Medellín (Offer Nissim Madame X In The Sphinx Mix) Madonna & Maluma 5:28
48 I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix) Madonna 3:50
49 Crave (Tracy Young Dangerous Remix) [feat. Swae Lee] Madonna 4:46
50 I Don’t Search I Find (Honey Dijon Radio Mix) Madonna 5:22

Album Theme

“Finally Enough Love” is supposed to represent the singer’s own favorites from her extensive remix catalog. It’s an intriguing premise, promising a candid look at what this musical magpie makes of her excursions into club culture. But equally, “Finally Enough Love” is about reconnecting with the dance music giants of yesteryears.

Production Credits

Producers, Alan Parker, Alle Benassi, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Avicii, Axwell, Benny Benassi, and many more worked on production.

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