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The new DNA of Music!,
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This review is from: MDNA (Audio CD)
It's WOW! If I wanted to describe it with just a few words, those wouldn't be disappointing, underwhelming or boring! It has everything you ask from an album, beats and fun from another time and space. As The Queen herself described this record, it's "unapologetically happy". It dynamically begins with hardcore electro-dance tracks and then it's gradually stripping down to more acoustic sounds. Imagine a graph that has "time" for (x) and "dance" for (y) and a line beginning at the top of (y) and slowly dropping as the time goes by. And the time passes damn fast! I listened to the whole album and thought "It's too short", but it seemed that 70 minutes had flown away.
Track by track review:
1. Girl gone wild: 5/5. It's a perfect warm up for everything that's going to follow. Dance-ready and hypnotic. Caught myself listening to it on repeat for half an hour when it first came out.
2. Gang bang: 5/5. My personal favorite. It's explicit, shameless and raw. A homicidal, almost whispered techno-ish track with samples of dubstep and a gun shooting, almost throughout the whole song. From start to end flawless! Drive B!**h!
3. I'm addicted: 5/5. So electropop that will have you hooked. It "fits like a glove" to this album.
4. Turn up the radio: 5/5. Do what she says! Reminds me of a remixed "Beautiful stranger", that for some reason failed to make "Confessions on a dance floor" and popped into the middle of MDNA to show everyone how music should be made.
5. Give me all your luvin': 5/5. Listening to it by itself gives you a wrong idea of the album and can't really love it, but it blends greatly with the rest of the tracks. It's bubble gum pop mixed with dance and hip hop (provided by Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.).
6. Some girls: 5/5. Lyrically poor, but the beat ain't fooling around. Not that lyrics really matter, since you can't clearly make out what she says. At parts, it reminds me of the ending from "Intervention". Was destined to get 4/5 but its deep "electrism" won me!
7. Superstar: 3/5. Total album filler. Boring and "stale".
8. I don't give a: 5/5. No kidding, she really doesn't! She comments on her divorce with her husband and as she does, she raps her a** out. Nicki's part is the best!
9. I'm a sinner: 4/5. Listened to it a few times, but it still grows on me. It reminds me of her "Ray of light" era, which wasn't my favorite.
10. Love spent: 5/5. A great hybrid with a dance body and country parts. When I first listened to it, it reminded me of a Mexican telenovela. Maybe it's the intro!
11. Masterpiece: 5/5. A great acoustic ballad. Really dig the lyrics. It has also won a Golden Globe Award, so this must mean something.
12. Falling free: 4/5. A very calming ballad that travels you to medieval times. Maybe a thing that's missing is some dance breakdown at the end...
Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
1. Beautiful killer: 4/5. It's good and could have easily been added at the main tracklist.
2. I f***ed up: 4/5. It's OK but not for MDNA, maybe for "Ray of light" since it's not that fresh. It sounds like it's an old unreleased track.
3. B-day song: 3/5. No comments but that it's really silly...
4. Best friend: 4/5. Maybe the best of the bunch on disc 2. I really love the fact that is feels like the bass is moving around!
5. Give me all your luvin' (Party Rock Remix) (featuring LMFAO and Nicki Minaj): 5/5. Great remix, but could have lived without it.
The bonus disc left me kinda indifferent, but every single song of Madonna's is welcome. The more the merrier!
Generally, MDNA has some elements from her previous works, but in a unique and fresh way that only Madonna could have managed to pull off. I haven't got that excited about an album for quite a while, since everything has become the same, and it was totally worth the wait. Recommended to everyone who loves pop, dance, electronic music and Madonna!