Music Review: Madonna – MDNA. The critics praise Madonna’s MDNA!



The music is an outstanding mix of club rave anthems and evocative moods. You can’t help but groove along. The real gems are the nostalgic melodic “Masterpiece” and “Falling Free”. Crank this up and have an awesome sound system to boot. This is one of her greater albums surpassing that of “American Life” and “Hard Candy” which were more not as powerful. “Hard Candy” kept her hidden while MDNA shows her true self and will push you to smile, dance or work out without ever stopping.

“Ray of Light” showed the birth of her daughter and “MDNA” displays the death of her relationship, but also a more profound Madonna if there ever was one.

MDNA starts off with the heavier club trance stuff. Ignore the released tracks as they make great radio play, but the real gems are the rest of it. If you thought “Give Me All Your Luvin’ was what you were going to be stuck with on MDNA, think again.

“Girl Gone Wild” is catchy and gets the ball rolling, but then were slammed with something more ingenious by track two, “Gang Bang”, a song inspired by Quentin Tarantino flicks that tend to feature strong female leads as the warrior. The music is almost a Nine Inch Nails homage that you hardly recognize it’s Madonna. She’s back and stronger than she’s ever been which is causing some fear in others of hoping the previous menial pop artists we’ve been induced over the last number of years can still reign on top. Madonna shows with this that they were just opening acts before she gave us something great for a change.

There are some powerful tunes that allude to the break up of her marriage like “Love Spent” which even incorporates some brilliant Banjo playing. Her anger and honest feelings are cracked open on this uptempo rock dance song.

She also raises her middle finger to all those that continue to spread hate hoping she’ll just die and go away on “I Don’t Give A”. The song is a powerful anthem about following your dreams and living fast and enjoying each minute while ignoring the insects and parasites of society crawling around. They’re totally insignificant and she shouts that with great fervor.

By the end of this record you find the softer more expressive Madonna. This is a great ride and one of her best more profound works yet. You got to hand it to a woman who still cranks out the gold over a record 30 year career. No one has been able to do that. Michael Jackson could’ve done it, but simply wasn’t strong enough to keep going.

Lionel Richie is 62 and released his new album of re-arrangements of his older hits and no one touches him. Madonna who is 53 releases an energetic club album to lift everyone’s spirits and make them happy in this dull world and naysayers get uncomfortable that she’s not casting herself off to pasture yet. I would think that one would be praised for rocking the airwaves long after people want you to as a positive thing to be admired, but let’s just consider the source. Are you more willing to pay attention to something positive or marinated in negativity? It’s easy and effortless to criticize, but to praise takes actual work. Criticizing comes from an insecurity within you to build your own self up. That’s something that should be examined, not how old Madonna is.

The reviews from all the major worldwide publications are in and all are praising MDNA as one of Madonna’s best work. That’s a true testament to her staying power and being totally ignorant to anything remotely uninteresting as what anyone else has to say. The album has debuted at #1 in 50 countries. To give the average a buyer of how fun and infectious this album is:

“MDNA” is significantly better than we’ve been led to believe. It’s a trip worth taking.”

“Madonna’s timing is good for “MDNA”, her 12th studio album. It’s a bipolar collection that pumps out effervescent electronic pop before making way for a contentious personal agenda.”

“You simply have to take your hat off to a woman who continues to defy the rules and expectations by proving her staying power and relevance in a youth-obsessed industry now dominated by a tireless string of Gagas and Rihannas.”

“Brush the skeptics aside. Madonna can appear at Ultra with the precision of a military strike, have headliner Avicii spin her new remix, drop a drug reference and grab the attention of more than 165,000 ravers because she can.”

“If Lady Gaga can liberally borrow from Madonna’s textbook, why can’t the blueprint trade on her own distinctive pop style?”

“Like few Madonna albums in the past decade, the MDNA album has an emotional center, informed by the latest upheaval in her personal life. It finds Madonna once again in charge and apparently motivated.”

“Lady Gaga and Caribbean sensations such as Rihanna and Nicki Minaj have threatened to make Madonna irrelevant now that the Material Girl approaches her 54th birthday. But Madge, in a welcome surprise, still has some tricks left and lessons to impart now that he has reached the September of her life on her new album “MDNA.”

“MDNA is Madonna’s best album since “Music” (2000)”


Brimming with pumping electro-pop confections, Madonna’s newly arrived 12th studio album, MDNA, evokes an inescapable club ambiance, even as it compellingly reminds us why the music legend still reigns as the enduring Queen of Pop. In short, the album is a dancefloor slave/party animal’s dream record fueled by a channel-surfing of moods and emotions running the gamut from rage and longing to danger and desire. At a tidy 50 minutes, the 12-track CD deserves repeated listens. It’s so tantalizingly good that there’s hardly a dull moment.

Like the expert manipulator she’s always been, Madonna lures you into the groove and you can’t help but obey and play along – even when the lyrics occasionally dip into violent connotations, sly innuendos and sexual deviance. To wit, provocative song titles like “Gang Bang,” “I’m A Sinner” and flirty album opener “Girl Gone Wild” immediately arrest your attention. But upon giving them a couple spins, you are positively drawn into this perennial Material Girl’s uber-sexy world, where a kind of tongue-in-cheek brilliance is offset by the usual risqué sensibilities and slick production work from the likes of collaborators William Orbit and Benny Benassi.

Madonna’s signature dalliance between tough and tender, fun and fierce, plays out on cuts like snappy lead single “Give Me All Your Luvin” (featuring cheerleaders M.I.A and Nicki Minaj) and the brazen “I Don’t Give A .,” where Minaj reprises her one-of-a-kind rude-gal sass. But the real winners here are the slow-burning instant classics “Masterpiece” and “Falling Free,” two elegant slices of nostalgia and glamour that transport you back to Madge’s golden Ray of Light era.

Given her penchant for crafting timeless records that leave a lasting dent in the cultural psyche (“Like A Virgin,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” etc.), it’s no surprise really that the pop superstar has managed to strike gold again with 
MDNA, which is certainly a worthy entry into the esteemed Madonna canon. What’s more, you simply have to take your hat off to a woman who continues to defy the rules and expectations by proving her staying power and relevance in a youth-obsessed industry now dominated by a tireless string of Gagas and Rihannas.

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