Madonna: ‘MDNA’ – Album Review

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Released: March 23, 2012

After a four year album break (the longest she has ever had), Madonna had the world screaming her name with the announcement of MDNA, the pop stars twelfth studio album. Unlike any Madonna album, she decided to jump on the bandwagon of EDM and enforce the listeners to a trip of catchy hooks and powerful melodies. The album’s opener “Girl Gone Wild” couldn’t be better; it’s simply catchy, full of EDM thrills, and has a banging hook. Further club tracks, including the tingling European house track “I’m Addicted”, the fun summer jam “Turn Up the Radio”, the fluffy psychedelic pop song “I’m a Sinner”,  and the folk-crossover “Love Spent”, further Madonna’s sound and adapts quite well into the 2012 realm. Things go dark with the gritty house “Gang Bang”, which offers a sharp dubstep breakdown, whilst the alarming electro house track “Some Girls” and Nicki Minaj collaboration “I Don’t Give A” demonstrates the diva-ish behavior of the queen of pop herself.

As a wholly album however, just like her previous album Hard Candy, Madonna fails to be as inspiring and captivating that she once was with her music past Confessions on a Dance Floor. She grabs as many producers as she can, and offers a colorful yet rather cold and calculated delivery. But the worst offence on this album is her lyrics; tracks like the cheerleading “Give Me All Your Luvin’”, its sister track “Superstar”, the modish “Masterpiece” and many other album tracks are horrendously clichéd, and are victims of overusing several references from her previous music, which gives an indication that she wants her older music to just be as relevant as her current streak. They’re iconic and legacy, not current for the new generation love. The album closer, “Falling Free”, is a droopy ballad that whilst the lyrics are the album’s only saving grace, is plastered with unnecessary arrangement. The bonus tracks have mixing results; “Beautiful Killer”, “Best Friend”, and “I Fucked Up” offer more sincere sides of Madonna, whilst the rest are disposable. Overall, MDNA is a colorful effort that showcases Madonna’s energy, enthusiasm, and pop realness, but next time, try something a bit more restraining and less embarrassing in some areas.

Track list (Bold means best tracks)

  1. Girl Gone Wild
  2. Gang Bang
  3. I’m Addicted ~Liam’s favorite~
  4. Turn Up the Radio
  5. Give Me All Your Luvin’ (feat. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
  6. Some Girls
  7. Superstar
  8. I Don’t Give A (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  9. I’m a Sinner
  10. Love Spent
  11. Masterpiece
  12. Falling Free
  13. Beautiful Killer
  14. I Fucked Up
  15. B-Day Song (feat. M.I.A.)
  16. Best Friend
  17. Give Me All Your Luvin’ (feat Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and LMFAO [Party Rock Remix])

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