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MDNA – Billboard Track by Track Review

Madonna is still very much the Queen of Pop.

Nearly 30 years after first hitting the Billboard charts in late 1982 with her debut single “Everybody,” Madonna is still showing the pop world how it’s done.

“MDNA” — her 12th studio album — is a collection of thoroughly pumping pop tunes, some of which are slices of sheer brilliance. Not only does Madonna take us to the club with “MDNA,” she exhausts us, drains us, and confides in us. Five minutes after an aerobic workout on the dance floor, we’re in her private booth, where she’s spilling her guts about relationships and how things just didn’t turn out the way they planned. Then, another five minutes later, we’re back to dancing up a storm to a song like “Gang Bang.”

Yes, “Gang Bang.”

The track is one of the album’s many stand-outs. It’s a dark, throbbing tune that is twisted and surprising and altogether pop-tastic. (Yes, that’s a word.)

Also notable is the summery pop nugget “Turn Up the Radio,” the full-throttle digital rave-up of “I’m Addicted” and the driving, clever word play of “Love Spent.”

“MDNA” reunites Madonna with her “Ray of Light” co-producer William Orbit, who polishes her songs with cosmic flourishes and rushes of fuzzy-retro bits. Madonna also enlists the production assistance of Martin Solveig, the Demolition Crew, Benny Benassi, Alle Benassi, Hardy “Indiigo” Muanza and Michael Malih. (Find production credits here .)

Curiously, the set’s first single — the rah-rah “Give Me All Your Luvin'” — doesn’t properly prepare the listener for what they’re going to get on the album. Basically: set it aside and go into “MDNA” with a clean slate.

Here’s a Track-By-Track Take on “MDNA”:

“Girl Gone Wild” The second single from “MDNA” is also the dance floor-ready opening number from the set. In a way, it’s very dance-by-the-numbers with Madonna — a “good girl gone wild” — singing about her “burning hot desire” to have some fun. The production is familiar Benny Benassi — all driving, thumping, electronic beats. It’s comparable to his remix of Madonna’s own “Celebration” single. The track does a good job of getting stuck in one’s head, thanks in large part to its “hey-yay-yay” sing-song chorus. One notable difference in hearing this track on a proper stereo setup with quality speakers: you get carried away a bit more by the “whoosh,” shall we say, of the song.

“Gang Bang” Commence freaking out, hard core Madonna fans, as “Gang Bang” is the song you’ve been waiting for. It’s dark, clubby, driving, thumping and altogether sickening. (Meaning: It’s fantastic, y’all.) Consulting our notes, the scribbles include the words “OMG,” “dubstep breakdown” and “GOD THE BEAT.” So yeah, it’s freaking amazing.
Eight songwriters, including British pop singer Mika (?!), collaborated on the song. On March 8, he Tweeted that it’s “weird as fuck, underground and lyrically cool, it’s amazing and bizarre. I love it, she sounds so good singing words so harsh.” Madonna sing/speaks over the tweaky production about how she keeps her “enemies close” and how she “shot my lover in the head.” Truly, “Gang Bang” is going to be one of the most talked-about tracks on the album and is completely unexpected after hearing “MDNA’s” first two singles (the cheery “Give Me All Your Luvin'” and dance-by-numbers “Girl Gone Wild”).
“Gang Bang’s” lyric “Drive bitch!” — so eloquently used in the song — will become quite the catchphrase in the coming months. (Notably, as “Gang Bang” is explicit — and perhaps un-editable — it will be omitted from the “clean” version of “MDNA.” A shame.)

“I’m Addicted” Hey, you wanna go dancing? We’ll meet Madonna at the club, as she’s got this fantastic, swirling, digital get-down number she wants to play for us. “Something happens to me when I hear your voice and I have no choice,” Madonna sings on the hypnotic, Daft Punk-y song. And when Madonna says in a cool, instructive tone, “I need to dance,” you know what — you’ll need to dance too. (And now we know where the title of the album comes from, as Madonna chants “MDNA” in “I’m Addicted.”)

“Turn Up the Radio” A cousin to “Girl Gone Wild,” this tune is a summery pop number that’s as effortless as it is simple. It’s mindless fun where Madonna sings about how the “temperature’s pounding'” and longing to “escape” and how she’s “sick and tired of playing this game.” (Haven’t we heard that before? Enough with the games Madonna!) — Basically the point of the song here is: “turn up the radio until the speakers blow.” While the lyrics aren’t provocative or necessarily new, it’s still a peppy little tune that would sound great “on the radio.”

“Give Me All Your Luvin” (featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.) You’ve already heard “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” the album’s lead single, which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The throwback cheerleader-like song almost seems like it was a commercial for Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show as opposed to a proper promotional single for “MDNA.” Its lyrics and vibe aren’t indicative of “MDNA” as a whole and mislead the listener into thinking the album is going to be full of singsongy jingles with by-the-numbers lyrics.

“Some Girls” The album’s second William Orbit co-production, “Some Girls” will likely remind listeners of his work on the “Ray of Light” album. The tune has his trademark swirly, cosmic-like flourishes that zig-zag out of the speakers. On the track, Madonna lyrically references herself with the line “put your loving to the test” (oh hay “Express Yourself!”) whilst elsewhere singing “I never wanna be like some girls.”

“Superstar” Notably this track features the backing vocals of Madonna’s eldest child, Lourdes (credited as Lola Leon), and name checks everyone from Marlon Brando and Michael Jordan to Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln. The gist here is: “Ooh la la, you’re my superstar” and “I’m your biggest fan, it’s true.” Armed with yet another kicky dubstep bridge, Madonna also amusingly sings about how the “Superstar” subject of her devotion is “like John Travolta, getting into the groove.” (Get it? She’s referencing herself again — but in a smart, cheeky way.)

“I Don’t Give a F” (featuring Nicki Minaj) A very rat-a-tat-tat song, where Madonna barrels through a list of rants that vaguely reminds one of her rapping on the “American Life” single. She sings about how she “tried to be your wife” (Hey, Guy!) and “in the end it was a failure.” Nicki Minaj puts in her second appearance on the album, where she closes her feature with the swipe “There’s only one Queen and that’s Madonna. Bitch!” The song ends with a rather lengthy orchestral bit that’s epic and sweeping, but comes out of nowhere.

“I’m a Sinner” Reminiscent of William Orbit’s own Ultra Violet remix of the “Ray of Light” single, the chugging track is so very, very Orbit. It’s like the love child of “Beautiful Stranger” (another Orbit co-production) and “Ray of Light.” Mid-way through, Madonna gets inspirational and recites “Hail Mary full of grace / get down on your knees and pray” followed by “Jesus Christ hang on the cross, died for our sins it’s such a loss” and so on. (Yes, there’s more, but we couldn’t write that fast.)

“Love Spent” “You played with my heart, till death do we part,” Madonna sings on this driving, building track. It’s got these whooshes (yes, a technical term) that hark back to ’80s tracks like Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes.” It’s a mesmerizing song that includes a wonderful little strummy bit (possibly a banjo?). The lyrics work some clever word play comparing love to money: “I want you to hold me like you hold your money / hold me in your arms till there’s nothing left.” Madonna co-wrote this track with a team of professional writers, and the assistance is evident and welcome. (We love you Madonna, but we also love it when you collaborate and produce amazing, beautiful pop, like “Love Spent.”)

“Masterpiece” This was the first taste the public got of “MDNA,” as it was unveiled late last year as the closing-credits song of the Madonna-directed film “W.E.” (Though, at the time, it was unclear if the track would ultimately turn up on “MDNA.”) The Golden Globe-winning track is very pretty — percolating along with a clicky little beat, an acoustic guitar and delicate strings. Madonna’s vocals are lovely, comparing someone to “a rare and priceless work of art.”

“Falling Free” The quite gorgeous ballad reunites Madonna with her brother-in-law Joe Henry, who has co-written at least one song now on four different Madonna albums. He co-penned “Don’t Tell Me” from 2000’s “Music” album, as well as “Jump” from “Confessions on a Dance Floor” and “The Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You” from the diva’s last set, 2008’s “Hard Candy.” As an album-closer, it’s perfect, with the lyric “I let loose the need to know / we’re both free — both free to go . . . ”

“Beautiful Killer” A concept song, certainly. Madonna goes on about how there’s a “gun in my mouth” and “maybe that’s what you’ve been dreaming about” and “maybe I’ll let you shoot me down.” There’s an persistent string element here that brings to mind “Papa Don’t Preach.”

“I F****d Up” It’s Madonna just straight out saying how craptacular a particular relationship turned out (we’re guessing her marriage to Guy Ritchie). She sings, “I’m so ashamed, you’re in so much pain,” “wish I could take it back” and how she “destroyed the perfect dream.” There’s a whole lot of “couldas” here that just strike us as odd, as Madonna never was the “I’m sorry” kind of gal. She’s all about no regrets and no apologies.

“B-Day Song” A fun girl-group ditty that’s a throw back to Madonna’s “True Blue” era of good time goof-off songs. It’s light, fluffy and effortless — and very stripped down. Think Go-Go’s meets Madonna with lyrics like “Light my candles,” “make a wish” and “give me a spankin’!” (Yes, really.) Sample silly lyrics include: “I wanna diamond, don’t give me a fake!”

“Best Friend” Perhaps too personal of a song to be included on the “standard” version of the album, “Best Friend” can only be read as being about her ex-husband, Ritchie. Absolutely confessional in tone, Madonna sings “I feel like I lost my very best friend” but she has “no regrets” and that she “survived the biggest test.” The song closes, monumentally, with the heartbreaking lyric: “It wasn’t always perfect, but it wasn’t always bad.”

“Give Me All Your Luvin'” (featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.) (LMFAO Remix) LMFAO reworks “Give Me All Your Luvin'” party rock style, dumping M.I.A.’s rap for lyrical insertions from Redfoo and SkyBlu.

  • Adrianotachi

    Pre-order MDNA card from France
    you can buy in Fnac shops to pre-order Madonna’s MDNA album in France with a 5 € discount.

  • Adrianotachi

    William Orbit is asking you all on Twitter: “Which are the best Madonna fan sites?”
     
    We kindly ask you to suggest him also All about Madonna even though there is many haters and lady reductive ‘s monster disguised as Madonna fan here.Thank

    • Madgefan

      This is a great site. I love coming here for all the latest news. They just need to stop some of the rude comments and obvious haters.

      I would recommend it though to William Orbit.

  • Adrianotachi

    MDNA Pre-Order Offer in Hong Kong

    from Hong Kong’s local famous music store, Hong Kong Records.
    When you pre-order MDNA (Deluxe or Standard version) can get a bonus one-track Give Me All Your Luvin’ (No Rap) CD single.

  • Leo

    Twenty something seconds of “love spent” stuck in my head and March 26 seems like lifetime

    • Madgefan

      Hehe I had the same thing all day too. Just from hearing the snippet now I have it in my head all the time:) Same with Turn Up the Radio, I am so looking forward to 26th March.

  • Adrianotachi

    The Phillippines will also be having some freebies pre-ordering the Deluxe version of Madonna’s MDNA from the Astroplus music stores.

    A free “Give Me All Your Luvin'” CD single, posters and stickers for every purchase of the MDNA Deluxe album (PHP650) are available at six different Astroplus/Astrovision branches from March 7 to 23 only.

    From March 24 to 26 customers will still be able to pre-order the album and get the free poster and stickers, nut if you want the free CD single, order on or before March 23! Starting on Monday, March 12 customers can start claiming their posters and stickers at the branch where the pre-order was made. an on release date they will get the MDNA Deluxe album and the “Give Me All Your Luvin'” CD single.

  • goltzius

    in all honesty I rly don’t understand how is it possible that all those one’s music is better than the other fights still exists on any music forum tbh ? Aren’t we all missing the real point music brings ? maybe it’s a fucking time for us to evolve and learn how to love little things that gives us only joy cause till then maybe we won’t be able to truly embrace the real ‘big’ love that is coming our way , and by saying this I don’t think of ‘ how you gonna love some1 else if you don’t start loving yourself ? ‘ we graduated on the latter .

  • Ronald

    MDNA is a no.1 album!! I will get the deluxe version.

  • Lady Gaga

    Random new artist that is better than me and more successful: Katy Perry : Katy perry can play piano and guitar, and she wrote all her songs and other songs to other artists, also, any person would notice that katy’s lyrics are much better, firework is better written than born this way, BTW is just flat and stupid (don’t be a drag just be a queen :rolls eyes: ). Also , katy writes melodies for most of her songs that are played with real instruments,gaga relies on DJs to make her songs good, if it wasn’t for REDONE gaga would still be stefani with boring piano songs.

    • M4Matt

      I noticed yesterday how much her songs sound alike, though.

    • Adrianotachi

      Rumors spread lady gaga hard sell her concert ticket thru gay sauna as lucky draws in gay sauna in Australia and asia

      • IDIOT – Alert

        I have NO DOUBT Australia has a stronger economy than WHATEVER country you live in?? YES ??

  • Ronald

    Madonna is worth it! She worked ahrd for it. And MDNA just revealed how fans really love an album. Compare our excitement with the release of Hard Candy and American Life. More Madonna!!! Cant wait for the Girl Gone Wild!!!

  • M4Matt

    There won’t be a question of who is queen again for at least another 20 years, and it will probably still be Madonna.

  • Juice

    Billboards Top 100 Artists of All Time

    (1958-2008)

    Top 10

    1.The Beatles

    2.Madonna

    3.Elton John

    4.Elvis Presly

    5.Stevie Wonder

    6.MariaH Carey

    7.Janet Jackson

    8.Michael Jackson

    9.Whitney Houston

    10.Rolling Stones

    http://www.billboard.com/specials/hot100/charts/top100-artists-20.shtml

    She literally is the Queen of the Billboard US Charts of ALL TIME based on chart performances since it first started back in 1958(same year Madonna was born?)

    She’s also the Top Solo Artist of all time on this chart composed by Billboard itself!

    Madonna is at the stage where she’s undeniably untouchable.She could of quit making new music during the mid 90s and she’d still be considered a LEGEND.She doesnt need to prove anything anymore,hate her or love her you can’t deny her power of longevity that even other music legends cant seem to find.Sure it’d be nice to have another #1 single but do people seriosuly think these disposable artists nowadays making flava of the month singles would ever reach Madonna’s status 15,20,30 years from now?FAT chance

    • Ronald

      The undisputed, unbeatable Queen of Pop did not let us down again!

      MDNA is coming at us! Now what does WO is syaing about this surprising marketing campaign! They are doing it differently without any upcoming promo tour. Cant wait for the album! Music matters first.

  • eD

    hahhaaahhahahahahahahahahahaha

    it so much fun to come here and read all your silly ass kissing garbage hahahahahahahahahahaha
    now, its time to go and buy your tickets and waste your money watching a whore doing the same thing, over and over,,,,,the opening of her legs, maybe this time her vagina is bigger

    • Woah

      Ooooooh meow to you and a saucer of milk to, I’m sure Madonna is crying with laughter if she ever read your comments .Madonna is always on your mind isn’t she Ed …

    • Woah

      Madonna is obviously very important to you which is the opposite of what you are saying Ed otherwise you would not be hear ….

    • Lady Gaga

      Buy my tickets eD, i’m worth it.

    • Mega-Madoona-Fan

      LOL! I got your IP and I can see that you also pose as Mawhorna! Hahahahahahaha poor little devil. I old you I would find out who you are.

      • eD

        why do i care. you are taking the time to find out who im? i must be important, dont bother i careless who you are

  • MOOV

    Hey guys stop hating on GAGA, he’s a nice dude

    • Adrianotachi

      She don’t have a dick , mr noob,haha

      • MOOV

        her mr. sushi . she did , before the surgery LMAO

  • day4night

    Shee been in hiding for weeks
    That can only mean one thing

    • MOOV

      that means she’s gonna come back with a masterpiece music vid

  • Goddess Madonna
    • Rodrigo

      LOL I think it fits better!

    • ErikCardman

      GREAAAAT!!!

      • Goddess Madonna

        Thanks :) I think it fits so well together, haha

  • Adrianotachi

    We can also reveal that the “Girl Gone Wild” single will be available for pre-order on iTunes on March 12th and for sale on March 19th.
    Tracklist:

    Girl Gone Wild
    Girl Gone Wild (Justin Cognito Extended Remix)
    Gmayl

  • MassiveTrackRailWail

    Break News Probably this Year Madonna will receive A GUINESS RECORD for reborn the word “reductive” the vocabulary most spoken who a Celebrity could say .and now Millions of people use the word “Reductive”, when she touches something turns gold seriously , well this is not Reductive so LOL

  • MDNAtheQueenOfPop

    Eat this, haters!

    Mark these words too!

    ‘Madonna is still very much the Queen of Pop.’

  • MAWHORNA

    YES, YES , YES MY DEAR ASS KISSERS, KISS MY ASS SOME MORE AND GO AND PAY FOR MY GREAT, GREAT RECORD.
    I JUST WANT YOU GUYS LET YOU KNOW THAT EVEN THOUGH I HAVE EVERYTHING IN LIFE , IN CLOSED DOORS IM A MISERABLE BITCH; NO MEN CAN HANDLE ME.
    PLEASE GO AND BUY MY TICKETS THAT STIMULATES THE ECONOMY IN THE US AND I WANT ROCO TO GO TO COLLEGE .
    DONT WORRY MY DEAR ASS KISSERS , IM STILL THE SAME WHORE EXPRESSING MYSELF, IM STILL THE SAME EGOTISTIC BITCH THAT YOU ALL LOVE; AN I WILL ALWAYS OPEN MY LEGS I ALWAYS HAVE MY CAKE AND EAT IT TOO! YES, YES, YES.
    THE OSCARS FORGOT TO GIVE ME MY AWARD BUT WHO CARES WHO NEEDS HOLLYWOOD? I FORGOT ! ALL OF YOU HAHAHAHAHAHAH
    ITS LONELY AT THE TOP, BUT IT FEELS BETTER TO CRY ON THE LIMO THAN ON THE TOYOTA.
    WELL , I HAVE TO GO DONATELLA IS CALLING.
    I LOVE UUUUUUUUUUU
    I JUST DO

    • CONFESSIONS

      GROW UP LITTLE BOY/GIRL.

    • Mega-Madonna-Fan

      Miserable? No! She is so wise and so much fun, if only you would open your eyes, but your hate for her won’t let you, and I can understand that, Madonna is not for narrow minded people.

      Oscar? She is far way beyond that! An Oscar cannot stop Madonna from being who she is: Madonna THE QUEEN OF POP!

      Lonely? No! She has learned so much during her life, because I have seen her grow as a person, as a mother, as a wife, as a MEGA STAR who keeps on fighting and working hard to give us something that MAKES HAPPY SO MANY MILLIONS of people like us, her adoring fans around the world.

      Donatella? In your fucking dreams!

      Open her legs? Yes! It’s fun! just like your mom did to conceive you. You should open your legs some times, not just spread your cheeks or open your mouth wide, you need to get fucked, maybe that will loosen you up a little and make you less of an uptight cunt, so you can be happier and don’t spread so much hate.

      Wake up to yourself!

      • MOOV

        great response

      • MAWHORNA

        you are really stupid . people like u make like madonna even less. thank u.

    • Juno

      You need help, so childish

  • Maverick

    i cant wait to have this album, does anyone know where to buy MDNA in Australia in a good price? in some shop, the deluxe album cost $27, so expensive…

    • MassiveTrackRailWail

      since 2003 Maverick is out of Madonna Business , RUMOURS said that Interscope have a “Super Strategy” for MDNA so i don’t understand , i just Trust them and i want the Deluxe Gold Version Too

    • Adrianotachi

      Maverick, our queen is worth the price, for yr info,I preorder us , Japan and Taiwan deluxe of MDNA, she is not some lady 99 cents, my dear!!

      • Leo

        LOL!

    • Scott Morgan

      One million dollars I heard! Start savin up!

    • Leo

      I can see now why She’s not coming to Australia….just kidding.

      • unlikeavirgin

        rumor has it, she is!

    • Mega-Madonna-Fan

      I can send you one from the US. I mean it

  • Let’s Talk Trash

    Gez .. how long is March 26 taking to come around …
    I like the new pics on your site much better than the ones from the Super Bowl – much fresher.

  • M D

    I love Bilboard where Madonna belongs.

  • LMFAO

    “It wasn’t always perfect, but it wasn’t always bad.”
    :( Now I’m really looking forward to listening to ‘Best Friend.’ This album really sounds amazing! :)

  • Madgefan

    Another very positive review. They are simply pouring in now. This album is going to be amazing :)

  • Adrianotachi

    Jean Baptiste talks about the acoustic version of Madonna’s Love Spent – he co-wrote – on his Facebook page.
    “The acoustic version of Love Spent is probably the most amazing/beautiful song I’ve ever been apart of in my entire career thus far,” says Jean Baptiste. “When you guys hear it I think the hairs on your skin will rise. Very very honored and proud!!! Madonna sounds like an angel.”

    Read more: http://www.drownedmadonna

    • madgefudger

      can she do more acoustic-naked voice stuff?? I am so looking forward to this and falling free (as well as everything else, but I love me some acoustic Maddy!!!)

  • candystore

    i hope these great reviews get people to buy this. where the hell is the second single for europe?

    • Madgefan

      It’s odd we can buy karaoke tribute versions of GGW on UK itunes but not the actual song :) They need to release it ASAP.

      BTW if you get a chance listen to some of those karaoke versions they are really funny:p

      • Adrianotachi

        Mafgefan, just make a joke,ggw gonna say’ bye bye uk, bye bye

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