MDNA is Madonna’s first album on her new label, so she seems to be playing it safe. She serves us a canned formula that has worked for her in the past. Does it still work though?
Girl Gone Wild: 8/10
The best track on the album, it’s a good dance song. The editing of the official music video is even better though.
Gang Bang: 6/10
A nice semi-atmospheric dance track, but it doesn’t go far-enough. It needed to blossom, but it didn’t.
I’m Addicted: 2/10
Yuck. Boring, unimaginative, uncatchy, goes nowhere.
Turn Up the Radio: 2/10
Reminds me of her late ’80s period. Nothing new here. Playing it safe.
Give Me All Your Luvin’: 3/10
Oh, shut up. This is fucking annoying. What is she? 13 years old?
Some Girls: 6/10
Not a bad song, it’s got a nice melody and atmosphere (atmosphere is the No1 thing I always try to find on music btw). But it’s not really exceptional either. It’s just ok.
Someone pass Acid Pro. I could write such a song too in a single afternoon.
I Don’t Give A: 2/10
We heard this song a million times before in the last 15 years. The only good part in it is its last minute, where it becomes operatic and grand. It’s one of the best moments in the whole album. Too bad it’s attached to the rest of this song.
I’m a Sinner: 2/10
This track is a mess. It tries to channel her 1998 period, but it ends up being a hot mess. It could have worked back then, but it’s 2012 now.
Love Spent: 2/10
This feels like a song that is sang by Cartman trying to become a pop star (the way South Park would have done it).
A nice ballad, written by different song-writers than in the rest of the album, people who actually know how to write music, it seems.
Falling Free: 4/10
Good ideas (channeling Irish/Celtic music) but it ultimately goes nowhere. This song asks for a buildup that never arrives.
Beautiful Killer: 6/10
A good dance track, mostly salvaged by its strong refrain. It could be realized even better though.
I Fucked Up: 1/10
She seriously fucked it up on this track. Useless bullshit.
B-Day Song: 2/10
Not album quality. It feels like a B-side.
Best Friend: 3/10
Wow, it’s R&B from 1996 all over again. Harmless.
Overall rating: 4.2/10
Madonna needs to push herself to innovate. Religion and sex themes can only get her so far in today’s day and age.