17 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Queen of Pop may be growing older and she may be writing about things she never dreamed she'd be contemplating back when she was telling Papa what not to preach, but Madonna is still musically as youthful and limber as ever. MDNA is her "divorce" album, an idea that gathers steam when you hear words like "pre-nup" and "ex-wife" bounce up in the mix. A committee of producers ensure she gets the sleekest sounds currently available and when she toys around with her image, it's mostly to prove that Lady Gaga still has competition. "Give Me All Your Luvin'" features a cheerleading section that includes M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. "Superstar" unashamedly pushes a chorus that's simplistic but effective. The most interesting moments are the most explicit, when Madonna sheds whatever politeness she's maintaining for what she's really thinking. "Gang Bang," whose violence seems aimed right at ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and "Some Girls," where the hurt and bitterness sounds a bit like the pot calling the kettle black, represent Madonna 2012-style. The Deluxe Edition includes five bonus cuts, including the retro-pop "B-Day Song" with M.I.A. and the self-explanatory, "I F****d Up."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Queen of Pop may be growing older and she may be writing about things she never dreamed she'd be contemplating back when she was telling Papa what not to preach, but Madonna is still musically as youthful and limber as ever. MDNA is her "divorce" album, an idea that gathers steam when you hear words like "pre-nup" and "ex-wife" bounce up in the mix. A committee of producers ensure she gets the sleekest sounds currently available and when she toys around with her image, it's mostly to prove that Lady Gaga still has competition. "Give Me All Your Luvin'" features a cheerleading section that includes M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. "Superstar" unashamedly pushes a chorus that's simplistic but effective. The most interesting moments are the most explicit, when Madonna sheds whatever politeness she's maintaining for what she's really thinking. "Gang Bang," whose violence seems aimed right at ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and "Some Girls," where the hurt and bitterness sounds a bit like the pot calling the kettle black, represent Madonna 2012-style. The Deluxe Edition includes five bonus cuts, including the retro-pop "B-Day Song" with M.I.A. and the self-explanatory, "I F****d Up."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
7.2K Ratings
7.2K Ratings
LeooAyala ,

Amazing! The QUEEN of pop is back!

Flawless album!!! It's honestly the first album that I can listen from start to end without skipping a track!!

Broken Headphones ,

NOT HER BEST WORK...

Look, I've always been a huge fan of Madonna and her catchy, infectious brand of pop music, but it seems these days that the Queen has begun to lose her edge. With her twelfth album "MDNA", she delivers more of the same club-worthy dance tracks that have helped make her an international phenomenon, and that's just about it. It doesn't contain any stand-out singles, nor does it have that special "oomph" in order to set it apart from every other Madonna LP. Sure, it has its moments of inspiration here and there, but overall, "MDNA" is just a boring, clichéd disappointment. I think the main problem with this album is that Madonna continues to put so much visibly desperate energy into looking and sounding like a teenager that it takes away from her credibility as a maturing artist. I'm not saying it's her worst release ever, but I'm not saying it's her best either. In the end, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. Madge may be the "Queen of Pop", but based on the poor quality of this lyrical letdown, you'd never guess it.

xian ,

Madonna is back with a vengeance!

From the start of this album my head was bopping up and down. From The act of contrition like opening prayer of Girl Gone Wild all the way to the end of Best Friend, you will be dancing like wild. Best album released from Madonna in the last couple of years.

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