Music: Heading For The Light

Madonna, her baby on her mind, rejects her old ways and embraces mysticism and electronica

Until there's a body count, until there's a tearful post-rehab Barbara Walters interview, until there's vehicular wreckage in a Parisian tunnel, most of us have limited tolerance for celebrities who gripe about the supposed burdens of fame. That Madonna, of all people, of all celebrities, should make the rejection of stardom and materialism the major theme of her new CD, Ray of Light (Maverick/Warner Bros.) should rightly make thinking people pause. Didn't she, from the very start, insist that we love her, demand that we worship her golden calves, her exposed iconic midriff, her conical Jean-Paul Gaultier bras? Didn't she, Marilyn-like,...

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