171 SCORE: 6.461 2015 PLACEMENT: 140 of 210 (6.564) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 2 (@joeee @phoenix123) LOWEST SCORE: 1.5 x 1 (@RainOnFire) MY SCORE: 4/10 This is a bit shite isn't it ladies? Taken from the Super Duper Mega Ultra Okay Fine No More Songs Promise Oh Wait Here's A Few More Right Now We're Finished Edition of Rebel Heart, this leaves "Addicted" as the last remaining track from that little epilogue that was tacked onto the already gargantuan album. The song that sounds like the afterbirth of "Hung Up" just to jog your memory. How surprising, but I digress. Here, Madonna arrives a good few years late to the empowerment anthem trend to remind us that - spoiler - did you know that, like, your bad things are also what make you good? Yes, like every edgy MySpace bio back in the day, Madonna's been through some tough shit but she's come out the other side stronger! Join the club, sister. Well adjusted people are a minority these days. I just find the entire package a bit insipid to be honest. Madonna's brand of empowerment has always been more, "What the fuck are you doing on the floor? GET UP!" rather than, "God mistakes no mistakes, you're on the right track baby you were born this way! <3" so to have her dip into indulging that fairly dry well by 2015 was just a bit tedious, pointless, and - dare I say it - reductive. It's about as close as she comes to throw pillow sentiment in terms of lyrical matter. That fresh out the tin disco_prod_014.mp3 production isn't helping things stand out either, sounding downright out of place in the context of the lyrics. It's just a meh track all around. The fact that this was all we got out of sessions with Rick fucking Nowels is a travesty. I'm including a video to the demo below, purely because I think it's one of the few cases for Rebel Heart where the demo was, in fact, better. That lovely, warm guitar riff really just adds a bit more heart and melancholy to proceedings rather than Madonna bopping to her mental scar tissue in the final version. But it's like the difference between a 4/10 and a 6/10 at the end of the day, so. Madonna has far better songs that start with "Beautiful...", but we'll get to them in due course. Enjoy!