Mad Love is Linda Ronstadt's 10th studio album that was released in February of 1980 by Asylum Records.


  1. Mad Love 3:40
  2. Party Girl 3:22
  3. How Do I Make You 2:25
  4. I Can't Let Go 2:44
  5. Hurt So Bad 3:17
  6. Look Out For My Love 3:29
  7. Cost Of Love 2:38
  8. Justine 4:00
  9. Girls Talk 3:22
  10. Talking In The Dark 2:12

Album Background[]

The album contains versions of Elvis Costello's songs "Party Girl", "Girls Talk" and "Talking in the Dark" as well as Neil Young's song, "Look Out for My Love".

Three songs from The Cretones' first album "Thin Red Line" were also featured on the album was well.

Chart Performance[]

"Mad Love" debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 and became her 7th consecutive album to sell over one million copies. It was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Critical Reception[]

Stephen Holden of Rolling Stone wrote in his review of the album: "More than any other Linda Ronstadt album, Mad Love raises fundamental questions about the relationship between studied interpretive singing and rock & roll. Can rock & roll - supposedly a disposable, spontaneous pop form -yield to the sort of academicism with which Asher and Ronstadt invest it? Does it lose its life as soon as it becomes "serious"? Or, treated "seriously," is it transformed into something that's neither art song nor rock & roll?"

Jason Elias from AllMusic wrote: "For the most part, Mad Love stood the test of time and is certainly different from the Ronstadt albums that preceded and followed it."

Noel Coppage of Stereo Review called it "a well-intended, spirited, almost plucky little album."

Robert Christgau gave the album a grade of "B-", writing: "I had hopes for this album--Linda's always been underrated as a rocker--but it falls way over on the strident side of powerful. The songs could be sharper, although except for "Justine" those from Richard Perry's prefab Cretones are more than adequate, but the real problem is the basic fallacy of L.A. punk--Linda doesn't understand that the idea is to use a sledgehammer deftly. This is how Ethel Merman would do Elvis Costello, only Ethel Merman has a better sense of humor. And though the other covers sound pretty good, only "I Can't Let Go" fits in conceptually, and I'd rather hear them from Little Anthony or Young Neil or Ye Olde Hollies."