|The Super Deluxe Edition cover
What the rest said:
The Daily Telegraph writer Neil McCormick, Saeed Saeed of The National, Andy Gill of The Independent, Lewis Corner of Digital Spy and Lauren Murphy from The Irish Times all gave the album 4 out of 5 stars. McCormick felt that "For the first time in years, Madonna doesn't sound desperate", praising it in comparison to Hard Candy and MDNA.
Saeed called it "a fine collection of sturdy pop tunes in which Madonna finally allows herself to look back and sometimes pilfer from her peak periods of the late 80s and early 2000s". Murphy wrote "the indisputable pop icon is back with a tentative bang" after MDNA had "few memorable pop hits".
For Gill, the most impressive factor about Rebel Heart was Madonna's vocals, while it was described as "some of Madonna's most captivating work in years] by Corner. A four out of five star rating was also given by Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic, who found Rebel Heart to be a revival of Madonna's defiant side and her confessional mood.
Writing for The Quietus, Amy Pettifer praised the album, describing it as "a darker return to the club culture roots for Madonna, and it seems – on some level – to face up to the missteps of her more recent releases." Jim Farber from New York Daily News also gave a positive review, deeming Rebel Heart boasting with "some of the most finely structured pop melodies of Madonna's 32-year career"