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It seems as though my generation (those in their late teens and early 20s) don't really "get" Madonna, suggested by utter lack of radio plays her songs get. Which completely baffles me because I find her to be a lot more original and creative than current pop stars like Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Britney Spears.
MDNA offers pop perfection that is irresistibly catchy,edgy, aggressive, dark, but also extremely introspective. When I first heard lead single Give Me All Your Luvin' I was kind of disapppointed but when I heard the entire album as a whole, it just shows that a mere one single cannot fully represent the whole scope of the artistic message of the album.
That being said, there are very few fillers. Almost all songs were instantly recognizable and sticks in your head by the virtue of genius layers of melody and hook, the lyrics can be predictable at times but more often than not they are simple yet revealing.
Highlights of the album are Girl Gone Wild, Gang Bang (which is just wild and crazy and an amazingly aggressive dance song), I'm Addicted (the climax of the song really gives you that chills and euphoria one can only experience from a good dance song), Turn Up The Radio (perfect feel good summer song), Some Girls, I Don't Give A (revenge track against Guy Ritchie, with biting lyrics and Madonna and Nicki Minaj rapping), Love Spent, Masterpiece (probably best ballad she has released since You'll See...really does have that 90s Madonna feel), and Falling Free (strikingly simple but sad and touching ballad).
Overall, I think this album is on par with Confessions and Ray of Light, infinitely better than Hard Candy. Return of form for Madonna. The album really shows that Madonna is a consummate dance artist.
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Initial post: Apr 2, 2012 10:32:57 AM PDT
Don Jr says:
Excellent review and I haven't even heard the album. You need to think about a career in writing, maybe with Rolling Stone..
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 8:57:33 AM PDT
I totally agree
Posted on Apr 4, 2012 8:57:18 PM PDT
Yeah the writing came out good even though I didn't agree with it totally. It definitely caught my eye amongst the tons of reviews. I love Hard Candy so that's were I differed a bit.
Posted on Apr 6, 2012 1:23:20 PM PDT
Alan N. says:
Your review was spot on until you mentioned that 'Masterpiece' was probably her best ballad since 'You'll See'.
'The Power of Goodbye', 'Drowned World/Substitute for Love', 'Gone', 'Forbidden Love', 'The Devil Wouldnt Recognize You'... lets just toss those babies out with the bathwater even though they are LIGHTYEARS better.
Even the ballads on MDNA are way better than 'Masterpiece'... 'Falling Free' is brilliant. Masterpiece is just...meh.
Your review is nice, and I know that taste is open to personal interpretation but lets get real here.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 9:29:19 PM PDT
J Martinez says:
I feel exactly the same - it's scary I thought I was the only feeling this for madonna. she's amazing in MDNA!
Posted on Apr 12, 2012 9:22:01 AM PDT
D. Benson says:
I didn't care much for Hard Candy but you are right that it is on par with Confessions & Ray of Light. Always had a soft spot for Madonna's music in my collection and this one is no exception :)
Posted on Apr 21, 2012 3:10:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2012 3:11:11 AM PDT
Red Horse says:
Great review. Indeed, MDNA is brilliant.
Posted on May 13, 2012 8:46:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 8:48:00 AM PDT
Igor Delovski says:
Nice review, and I agree that like Confessions and Ray of Light, MDNA is definitely one of her best albums. And both Masterpiece and Falling Free songs are very good, but the later is one tiny bit touching my senses more than the other.
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