ALBUM REVIEW – MDNA – MADONNA – AN ALBUM OF TWO HALVES
ALBUM REVIEW – MADONNA – MDNA
Welcome to popledge’s review of Madonna’s 12th studio album ‘MDNA’ set to top the UK charts this weekend we look at the deluxe version of the LP on a track-by-track basis.
- First up it’s hey yay eee ya hey hey like a Girl Gone Wild! I love the spoken intro to this, it’s a great introduction into the album and perhaps about its subject matter ‘I want to be good’ says Madonna…but can she? The best thing about this track is the chorus though, instantly catchy and memorable. I guess the one thing I don’t like about this track is that sometimes I feel like her singing is too fast, like the track is a bit rushed in places, but at the same time I can see that this is a dance style track with a fast beat so that is just a preference.
- Gang Bang -from the title of this track I’m expecting it to be about sex, again I really like the start of this track, the spoken part of it with the low drum beat is great, congrats to William Orbit. The track gradually builds and builds adding in a faster drum beat as the background noises get slightly louder and louder up to the chorus. It’s still quite an under-stated track even at it’s ‘highest’ moment. The track is about ‘shooting my lover in the head’ and for pop fact fans Mika co-wrote this track! The end words and sound effects to this track and epic as well!
- I’m Addicted – Madonna is addicted to someone’s love in this track, lots of flicks and production tricks in this track on Madonna’s voice. This is the track that directly references ‘MDNA’ – it’s a pretty dodgy area for me, this week she has been in a ‘fight’ with Deadmau5 about endorsing drugs, but when you are singing about being addicted to MDNA in a track then to me that’s pretty obviously endorsing drugs..which just ain’t cool.
- Turn Up the Radio is the first more ‘pop’ track on the album but it still has all those synth beats underneath it, Madonna’s voice is also a lot more clearer on this track and all in all to me it’s just more uplifting in it’s message it’s essentially a song about escaping through music. There is also an awesome moment in the track which you definitely need a left and a right speaker to full enjoy!
- Give Me All Your Luvin’ – meh I never got into this track and it pretty much flopped as MDNA’s lead single, it doesn’t represent the album very well either. Nicki Minaj and MIA add to this cheerleader chanting song.
- Some Girls – I didn’t like the vocal effects used on this track, I felt it was ‘played with’ a little too much by Indiigo. Plus the lyrics are a little female bashing. Actually I really like the vocal effects on this track as it progresses I find myself pulling a face. Skip, skip, skip.
- Superstar – again a more poppy sound, lots of ‘oohh laa laas’ out in force which I like, also Madonna’s voice sounds so sweet on this song, lyrically it reminds me of an updated ‘Open Your Heart’ which can never be a bad thing. The song is basically a auditory representation of love and I love it! You will sing along to this song after one listen.
- I Don’t Give A – this is the second track that Miss Minaj appears on…it appears to really write about Madonna’s divorce from Guy Ritchie, a track about talking about what you are pissed off about but also about moving on and ‘living my life right’ – again we hear talk about ‘trying to be a good girl’ and ‘trying to be your wife’ – she then sings defiantly ‘if I failed then I don’t give a ….’ Minaj adds a little rap to the track, I actually enjoyed her appearance as she rapped to the beat, it felt right. The track also featured a massive ending, loved it.
- I’m a Sinner – this track has moments in it that remind me of ‘Beautiful Stranger’ – the guitar in the track is very similar. The track is about being a bad girl and how everyone else wants to be that way for a night.
- Love Spent – another song that is apparently about Guy Ritchie, lots of talk about how money and cars etc went to someone’s head, there is also a pretty blatant reference to marital vows. The track perhaps suggest that Guy liked his money more than Madonna in the end.
- Masterpiece – I really like this track, it has been on my iPod for a while already, it’s a Madonna slow track which the star has won a Golden Globe for as it was included in her film ‘W.E.’ – I really like the idea of comparing a person to an incredible work of art and I think the vocals are wonderful. It is also an excellent track to sing-a-long to in the shower.
- Falling Free – this songs melody reminds me of a Medieval track in it’s lilts, it’s another slower track and one where Madonna’s vocals are left a bit freer from production. A sound about clearing your mind it does actually feel very relaxing to listen along.
- Beautiful Killer – I can see why this is an additional track, it fits in well with the sound of the album but it doesn’t have that ‘killer’ hook or grab to it. I couldn’t really get into it.
- I Fucked Up – quite a candid track from Madonna about regrets and mistakes. Again you could think about her dovroce in relation to this track, it’s about a very proud woman who finds it hard to stop ‘fucking up.’ The tracks lists all the things they could have done together and she sings that she’s ‘sorry’ and that she ‘wishes she could take it back’ – it’s a very personal track and I really enjoyed listening to it.
- B-Song – this is the second track with M.I.A sampling a bit of ‘The Beat Goes On’ – I’m not quite sure what to make of this track, it’s hard to tell whether the subject is happy about it being her birthday or whether she is just going through the motions of another year…a bit bizarre with an almost cartoon quality to it. MIA doesn’t add much to preceedings either.
- Best Friend – Again this could be another song about Ritchie, it’s about a love on the highest level and again lets us into their relationship, Madonna talks about comparing all other men to him and how they were both head-strong characters and how you can’t have two drivers on the clutch. She feels like she lost her very best friend
- Give Me All Your Luvin – with LMFAO…I don’t get how LMFAO are being taken so seriously by people like Madonna, yeah they are ok but to me they are a novelty act. This mix doesn’t raise the track out of it’s duldrums for me.
- Love Spent (acoustic) – a nice addition to the album, yet an even more personal performance of a personal track.
An album of two halves…on one hand it’s an out and out dance album and on the other it’s a highly personal album which tells of a brilliant relationship hitting the breaks and ultimately ending. Both half’s are equally good, if you want an interesting album then you’ve got one – just listen to the lyrics. If you want a fun dance record then you’ve also got one – just enjoy the production, the beats and the synths from her awesome production team.
I really enjoyed listening to it as a whole rather than just judging it on individual singles.
Therefore I deem MDNA – 8/10 – it loses a couple because I didn’t enjoy some of the tracks.
Stand out tracks: Gang Bang, Turn up the Radio, Superstar, I Don’t Give A, Masterpiece and Falling Free
If you like this then try Britney’s Femme Fatale, Robyn, Little Boots and Natalia Kills.