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  • Madonna "MDNA" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars

    Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:31:31

    Madonna "MDNA" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - MDNA (Interscope)

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    Madonna has returned to making music with MDNA and it's about time. Popular music needed the equivalent of a Jesus, returning to save music fans from the trifle that's currently being peddled. She hoists the genre on her well-toned, in shape back and carries it to redemption. If anyone can show the newbies how it's done, it's M to the D to the N to the A.

    The album meshes classic Madonna-patented pop ("Give Me All Your Luvin,'" "Love Spent," "I Don't Give A") with synthy songs ("I'm Addicted," "Gang Bang.") The latter is a style she has cultivated since the late 1990s, but she still makes it sound fresh. Madge samples from the EDM buffet with the album, and it's a wise move, since the genre is popping right now. But as stated previously, she has always had a love for electronic music and those bells and whistles, ranging back to Ray of Light, her most EDM-sounding album, which is also one of her best.

    The Material Girl ends the album with "Masterpiece" from her directorial debut W.E. and "Falling Free," which fills your speakers thanks to its effective and beautiful usage of stringed instruments. The former is certainly a term that could apply to MDNA as a whole, since the album is solid from the opening breathy strains of 'Girl Gone Wild' until it closes by "Falling."

    Drenched in drumbeats, soaked in synths and basted with beats, MDNA is electro pop that'll have you shaking that ass and making confessions on the dance floor from the intro to the final fade out... well, maybe not the final fade out of "Falling Free," since it's a bit of a slower tune that you need to dance to with a partner, with their arms around your lower back and their face nuzzled in your neck.

    Lyrically, the album is full of sexual innuendo as well as blatant sexual statements. It's incredibly hot.

    MDNA will easily be one of the fave albums of her diehard fans, of which there are many. Nice work, Madge. At 53, you are still the sexiest bitch in pop.

    —Maggie Pannacione
    03.27.12




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