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===Composition===
 
===Composition===
"Ray of Light" was a notable departure from Madonna's previous work, and has been described as her most "adventurous" record.
 
 
An electronica, trip hop, dance and techno-pop album, it also contains elements of several different types of music, including house, ambient, drum and bass, rock, new wave, eastern and classical music.
 
 
Vocally, the album was also a marked change from Madonna's previous work; as she underwent vocal training lessons for her 1996 film "Evita", her vocals exhibited greater breadth and range, as well as a fuller timbre.
 
 
In many songs, Madonna also abandoned the vibrato which was present in her previous work. Critically, it is said to have Madonna's most full-bodied vocals.
 
 
The album's opening track and third single, "Drowned World/Substitute For Love" is a downtempo ballad drawing influences from jungle, drum and bass and trip hop music.
 
 
The title is inspired by J.G. Ballard's post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, "The Drowned World."
 
 
"Swim", the second song, has a spiritual tone. She sings: "Swim to the ocean floor/So that we can begin again/Wash away all our sins/Crash to the other shore".
 
 
"Ray of Light", the third track and album's second single, is an up-tempo electronic dance-pop song which contains strong techno tendencies and influences of trance music.
 
 
Described as a "sonically progressive" track, it also incorporates elements of rock music, with a prominent electric guitar riff. The melody also has several sound effects, including whistles and bleeps.
 
 
"Candy Perfume Girl" has a grunge intro and continues to pair post-modern beeps and beats with old-fashioned electric guitar flare ups.
 
 
In the next song, "Skin", Madonna sings "Do I know you from somewhere?" in a yearning voice over the beats of an electronic orchestra.
 
 
The sixth track, "Nothing Really Matters", is an up-tempo dance track which contains influences of techno.
 
 
"Sky Fits Heaven" focuses on Madonna's spiritual studies and her daughter Lourdes. Some lyrics include: "Sky fits heaven so fly it, that's what the prophet said to me/Child fits mother so hold your baby tight, that's what my future can see."
 
 
Elements of the lyric are taken from the poem What Fits? by poet Max Blagg, the poem used for a 1993 advertisement for Gap Inc.[22] "Shanti/Ashtangi" is a Hindu prayer and up-tempo techno song sung by Madonna in Sanskrit, over a driving dance rhythm.
 
 
The techno dance track features Madonna singing the adapted version of Shankaracharya entirely in Sanskrit with lines such as "Vunde gurunam caranaravinde/Sandarsita svatma sukhavabodhe."
 
 
"Frozen", the ninth track and album's first single, is a mid-tempo electronic ballad which has a layered sound enhanced by synthesizers and strings.
 
 
The song additionally contains ambient qualities, a moderate dance rhythm during the chorus and techno-influenced beats towards the end.
 
 
Madonna's vocals throughout the song lack vibrato, and have drawn comparisons to medieval music. Lyrically, the song is about a cold and emotionless man; nevertheless, subtexts have been noticed.
 
 
According to Jarman-Ivens, lyrics such as "You're frozen, when your heart's not open" reflected an artistic palette, "encompassing diverse musical, textual and visual styles in its lyrics."
 
 
"The Power of Good-Bye" is an emotional ballad which lyrically meditates on loss and longing. It was released as the album's fourth single.
 
 
"To Have and Not to Hold" is about a distant lover and "Little Star" is about her daughter, Lourdes. Both songs are superficially vibrant but with underlying subtlety and restrained arrangements prevailing.
 
 
"Mer Girl", the album's final track, is a surreal meditation on mortality and the death of Madonna's mother, in which she sings, "And I smelled her burning flesh/Her rotting bones, her decay/I ran and I ran/I'm still running away."
 
 
 
===Album Title & Artwork===
 
===Album Title & Artwork===
 
According to spokesperson Liz Rosenberg, Madonna considered titling the album "Mantra" which she thought was a "really cool title." However, she changed the title to "Ray of Light" as her albums were always titled after one of the songs from that album.
 
According to spokesperson Liz Rosenberg, Madonna considered titling the album "Mantra" which she thought was a "really cool title." However, she changed the title to "Ray of Light" as her albums were always titled after one of the songs from that album.
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