Blue Madonna

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Blue Madonna
Borns - Blue Madonna.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2018
Recorded2016–17
Length41:40
LabelInterscope
ProducerThomas Schleiter
Børns chronology
Dopamine
(2015)
Blue Madonna
(2018)
Singles from Blue Madonna
  1. "Faded Heart"
    Released: July 28, 2017
  2. "Sweet Dreams"
    Released: September 29, 2017
  3. "I Don't Want U Back"
    Released: December 15, 2017
  4. "God Save Our Young Blood"
    Released: January 2, 2018
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic67/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]

Blue Madonna is the second studio album by American musician Børns. It was released on January 12, 2018 through Interscope Records.[3]

Background[edit]

On July 28, 2017, Børns released the single "Faded Heart" on Interscope Records. On September 29, 2017, he released his next single, "Sweet Dreams". Two promotional videos, "The Search for the Lost Sounds" and "The Faded Heart Sessions", were released on his YouTube channel along with the singles.[4]

The album was announced via Instagram on December 4, 2017. A pre-order on blue vinyl (1,500 copies) was available on the Urban Outfitters website in December, 2017, but the limited-edition sale was removed before its official release on January 12, 2018.[5]

"Faded Heart", "Sweet Dreams", I Don't Want U Back" and "God Save Our Young Blood" featuring Lana Del Rey were released as singles prior to the official album release.[6]

The official lyrics to "Supernatural" released the day prior as bonus material for Spotify users who pre-saved the album. Additionally, Børns, using an account on Genius.com, has taken to leaving personal commentaries regarding written lyrics on certain songs appearing on the album.[7] For example, Børns says, "I pictured Lou Reed when I wrote this singing about being a glowing star with a fragile heart," about his song "Faded Heart".

Blue Madonna was officially released on January 12, 2018.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Note: All tracks produced by Thomas Schleiter, who also goes by the name "Tommy English".

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."God Save Our Young Blood" (with Lana Del Rey)
3:53
2."Faded Heart"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
3:34
3."Sweet Dreams"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
3:20
4."We Don't Care"3:33
5."Man"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
3:57
6."Iceberg"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
3:30
7."Second Night of Summer"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
  • Jakob Bjorn-Hansen
3:24
8."I Don't Want U Back"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
3:51
9."Tension" (interlude)
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
1:34
10."Supernatural"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
3:45
11."Blue Madonna"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
2:20
12."Bye-bye Darling"
  • Borns
  • Schleiter
4:59
Total length:41:33

Notes

  • "Supernatural" features theremin-playing by Armen Ra
  • "Blue Madonna" features background vocals by Lana Del Rey.

Personnel[edit]

Long time collaborator Thomas Schleiter ("Tommy English") produced all the songs on the album, while it was mixed by Tony Maserati. String arrangements were by Steve Weisberg.

All tracks were published by These Are Songs of Pulse (ASCAP), while some were co-published by Me Gusta Music. Covers for the album and the singles were photographed by Lana Del Rey's sister Caroline "Chuck" Grant.[9][10][11][12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[13] 80
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[14] 8
US Billboard 200[15] 49
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[16] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[17] 6

Appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. "AllMusic Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  3. ^ BØRNS. "Blue Madonna new album out 1/12/18pic.twitter.com/6GBNUSgKop". Twitter.
  4. ^ ""The Search for the Lost Sounds" and "The Faded Heart Sessions"". YouTube.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Børns - Blue Madonna Limited LP". Urban Outfitters.
  6. ^ Morris, Damien (2018-01-14). "Børns: Blue Madonna review – the best is surely yet to come…". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  7. ^ "Børns' account". Genius.com.
  8. ^ "Børns - Blue Madonna Limited LP $25.98". Urban Outfitters. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Your Girl Chuck on Instagram". Instagram.
  10. ^ "Your Girl Chuck on Instagram". Instagram.
  11. ^ "Your Girl Chuck on Instagram". Instagram.
  12. ^ "Your Girl Chuck on Instagram". Instagram.
  13. ^ "Borns Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  14. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Borns Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Borns Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  17. ^ "Borns Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  18. ^ "BØRNS – Faded Heart (FIFA 18 Soundtrack)". EA Sports' FIFA 18.