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Attitude magazine review of MDNA

Most of MDNA is about having fun, but this is also a very dark album! If Like a Prayer was her divorce record and Hard Candy suffered, one senses, from being put together as her relationship with Guy Ritchie was falling apart. Then MDNA is a f*ck you - to her marriage, the life that came with it, and partly to herself for losing her identity in a partnership. She is out there to recpature who she is, and she has demons to slay!

Girl Gone Wild - biggest pop stomper on the album.

Gang Bang - very theatrical vocals about taking revenge on a lover who ruined her life. She apparently yells on the record 'Drive bitch, Die bitch!' Kind of Stupid, kind of amazing, kind of funny and kind of fucked up! Full of one essential thing that her contenders lack: DRAMA!

Shot you dead,
Shot my lover in the head...
I'm going straight to hell...
I've got a lot of friends there
Drive bitch, die bitch!

I Don't Give A - tour-de-force moment on the album. recounting a typical day, becomes intensely honest, telling-off of her critics. The track builds up to a genius, choral, almost Tom Burton-esque conclusion.

Wake up,
This is your life,
Children on your own,
Gotta plan on the phone,
Meet the press,
Buy a dress,
Do all this to impress...
Do ten things at once
And if you don't like it
I don't give a...
I tried to be the perfect wife...
I diminished myself...
It swallowed me...
If I was a failure
Then I don't give a...

Turn Up The Radio - Strongest most immediate section on MDNA. Begins like a delicate ballad, pleading the audience to stop for a moment and get away from the world through music. May sound trite, but there's urgency in it's simplicity. Transforms into the albums most pounding moment, reaching a climax that threatens to blow the speakers. Some might find it unusually generic, but she makes it her own. Sure to please fans, fill dancefloors, shake clubs and find a slot on the next series of Glee.

Superstar - one of the later highlights on the album. The sweetest song she has released since 'Cherish'. Twirls along, an open-top summer anthem. Serenading a new lover with a hypnotic chorus. It's simple and pretty and a perfect song to sing on her summer concerts! And should definately be a single!

Falling Free - deep melancholia! One of the saddest songs she has ever written.

Beautiful Killer - 80's sounding, string laden song as a tribute to french actor Alain Delon.

'I Fucked Up' - Only described as confessional.

Conclusion:
Overall it might not have the serious pop intensity of Confessions, it's not as a drastically new or experimental as music critics might like, but it's fun, fucked up, dancey, and full of drama. It's what her fans have been waiting for: a wallop enough of an album to put her back up there, a checkmate against Lady Gaga, who despite her brilliance, doesn't quite give you songs that are as easy to disco dance to as some of these are. Is Madonna still 'the Queen' as Nicki Minaj gabs at one point? On the strength of MDNA, it's hard to argue against.

From Attitude Magazine - thanks to markm

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Mee

@ Fitsy:

Because Madonna sets herself up to be critiqued, that's why. If she didn't want to be, she'd retire to The Hamptons and ride her horses.

M is the archetypal ballsy lady who, in reality, is highly insecure. She *needs* attention, she *craves* it... it is *vital* to her. Her output and her imagery is testament to this. It's a Diva-thang.

And it is not a bad thing.

Fitsy

How can anyone label GaGa as 'brilliant' ? I dont call plagiarism or recycling of Madonna's old ideas 'brilliance'. Gay culture is to easily pleased nowadays! How and why are we critiquing Madonna when she has more than proven her worth over 30 years of revolutionising pop. GaGa is the one who needs to be under scrutiny! She has EVERYTHING to prove! MDNA is brilliant, i 'get' it now, i get where shes at... And i love it!

Mark

Jo - that is not the actual review here. Google the full review. This is a summary of the review.

Fitsy

Now i am excited! Attitude is very honest in its opinions

Luc

I'm a huge Madonna fan but i just don't know what to think. For the first time I feel like Madonna is gonna disappoint. These "Gang Bang" and "I don't give A" lyrics sound terrible. I'm looking forward to "Superstar", "Falling Free" and "Beautiful killer" as they might be somewhat better.
"Turn up the radio" sounds to me a little to much like other Solveig songs like "Hello".

tracy

i hope this review is correct.looking forward to hearing 'falling free' & 'i fucked up'.i will admit i havent been impressed with what ive heard from the album,as yet-but im open to hearing it & hope it will be amazing and an improvement on the singles shes chosen to release.fingers are well and truly double crossed,lol!!xx

kevin

Gang Bang sounds so dark and controversial.
I Don't Give A... features Nicki Minaj it's a big FUCK YOU to all her haters,Nicki better deliver a hot rap on this! Superstar sounds like a fun ride around town with the top down Summer pop song!Falling Free(love when Madge does ballads,it's been a while!)
Beautiful Killer love 80's songs with strings!
I Fucked Up love when Madge gets personal.Yes! TUTR sounds like a club-banger!I wanna here how:I'm Addicted, I'm A Sinner,Love Spent,B-day Song, and Best Friend are described as well! I read that Some Girls is like Ray Of Light crossed with Beautiful Stranger and D.A.D. ( 60's pyshedelic/electronic sound)

Miguel

I can't believe this. I just got out of a 2 year relationship that almost destroyed me. I changed (he changed me) and I forgot who I was. I can't believe Madonna is singing about the same feeling I have. We must be synchronized! God bless you my angel!!

jo

so far not impressed by the 1st 3 songs we've had released off the album. Hope the rest are better. Love how Madonna is such a poser, I remember her saying how she loved her life as an english housewife with Guy. Confused the reviewer states "she apparently yells on the record....". Didn't he listen to the record?

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