Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' pulses with pop urgency

March 9, 2015 11:26 PM

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Madonna doesn't so much reclaim as reassert her pop throne on "Rebel Heart," online and in stores today. It's a complex, consistently strong album -- her most vibrant since 2005's "Confessions on a Dance Floor."

It leaked in full weeks ago, uncovering collaborations with Kanye West, Diplo and Avicii. But it's Madonna herself who makes for the most convincing moments. The album is full of contrasts: defiance and submission, strength and vulnerability, sex and loss. She shifts easily from lush dance grooves t...

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