Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild”: Review Revue

Feb 28th, 2012 // 20 Comments

Yesterday Madonna unveiled not only her new MDNA offering “Girl Gone Wild”, but also her body on the single cover art! Of course, at this stage in the game, are we really surprised about the latter? The Internet had plenty to say about Madge’s latest club track, and not all of it was good. In fact, some critics couldn’t help feeling that the song sounds a bit…reductive. Read our roundup of reviews below.

:: Entertainment Weekly‘s Music Mix sees the true colors of the song: “Compared to the album’s first single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin,’’ this track is less Gwen Stefani-at-a-pep-rally and more Cyndi Lauper-at-Le-Bain…”

:: Chart Rigger is torn: “I’m pretty much of two minds about Madonna’s second MDNA single ‘Girl Gone Wild’: 1.) lyrically, it’s extremely cliche (‘You got me in the zone, DJ play my favorite song!’) and 2.) musically, it’s the best thing we’ve heard from her since the Confessions On A Dancefloor era.”

:: Pink Is The New Blog is also feeling the Confessions vibe: “I love that album so I’m digging this track. It’ll take a few listens for me to really fall in love, tho. It does sound a lot different than ‘Gimme All Your Luvin’’ … but is it a better single or not?”

:: Arjan Writes is also divided: “Yes, the Benny Benassi-produced tune is a solid dance number that, yes, perfectly caters to her loyal fans, but it doesn’t quite live up to what I believe she can deliver.”

:: Vulture thinks the tune is reductive: “‘Girl Gone Wild,’ her latest single off MDNA, not only owes its title to the artistic vision of Joe Francis, but its chorus is built around the lyric, ‘Girls, they just wanna have some fun,’ which is of course a lesson that we learned from Cyndi Lauper about 30 years ago. It doesn’t help matters that the song is a paint-by-numbers, 808- and Tanqueray-referencing dance track that falls even flatter when compared to its source material.”

:: Forbes takes things step further by comparing the two ’80s icons: “The astonishing thing about this is that Lauper has always been the Madonna also ran — a real musician and composer who’s been overshadowed by her rival since they each started their careers. Madonna is in the Rock Hall; Lauper is not. Lauper writes her own music and has released some of the most underappreciated albums of the last 20 years without a lot of money behind her.”

:: Unicorn Booty feels Madge is a mechanical animal on her new single: “It sounds like they hired a Madonna robot to sing the track, but it works. Does this mean we’ll never be rid of Madonna, because she’s actually an android super-human who has been sent to force-feed us ridiculously catchy dance music for all time?”

:: Flavorwire, on the other hand, rakes Madge over the coals: “There’s no such subtlety here, only a mega-rich dominatrix ranting at you to HAVE FUN GODDAMMIT while you cringe on the couch and wish she’d just go away. The horror, the horror.”

:: Crave Online isn’t exactly going wild over it either: “A saccharine escapade, ‘Girl Gone Wild’ is a benign track meant for life inside the club. It’s safe territory for the Material Girl, whose team of producers and songwriters are meticulously dedicated to keeping her fanbase equally satiated and unchallenged (because we’re all still trying to get that atrocious ‘American Life’ clip, wherein she rhymes ‘latte’ with ‘Pilates’).”

Enough of the critics. What do you think of Madonna’s new single? Let us know below, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

  1. Sandy

    Their claim that the song is reductive because of Cyndi Lauper is invalid. Just because she says “Girls they just wanna have some fun”? That would be the only similarity? We’re not dealing with Born This Way and Express Yourself here. Critics are that, critics. They don’t represent anyone other than themselves. They don’t speak for everyone.

  2. Jonas

    Sandy, Express yourself used the same chorus as Respect yourself. So really, Madge should think before she plays all knowing god.

  3. why is no one pointing out that it sounds just like celebration?

  4. godonna

    Vulture is on somebody’s payroll..”Joe Francis’ artistic vision”? Titles are not copyrightable! That’s why there are over 50 songs with Girls Gone Wild slapped on them. And guess what? Francis never sued them! He’s just being a social-climbing scumbag by targeting Madonna.

  5. Critics are stupid… What do people expect from this song? A cure for cancer??? It’s a Dance Song! Chill out already and show some respect for a person who dared to live life to the fullest. Further, the ONLY opinion that matters is MY opinion and I say that this is an awesome dance track and I L-U-V it, got it? Keep on doing what you be doing, Madonna! Everybody be talking about you…

  6. lacy

    but see it borrows from so much in todays pop landscape
    the opening beat sounds like ushers DJ got us falling in love
    and its so unoriginal that its proposterous for madonna and her fans to claim that shes original

  7. lacy

    additionally madonna fans are so pressed and keep saying just how the queen is back and yet her first two singles have been let downs i mean atleast the chanting in GMAYL was somewhat catchy this song is flat and boring and thematically boring and cliche

  8. #2 THOSE SICK DEMENTED PIGS BEEN DESPERATELY TRYING TO TAKE HER DOWN ANYWAY THEY CAN AND NOTICE HOW THEY ALL GOT THEIR FRIENDS OR WORK WITH GAGA AND HAVE THEIR HEAD UP HER FAKE GENERIC CHEAP IMITATION A.S.S SOMETHING TO INVESTIGATE… AND MAKE U SAY HMMM?

  9. #1 WHAT A FUKIN SICK CHAUVINISTIC PIG THIS JOE FRANCIS IS. HOW DARE HE SAY SUCH BULLSHT! U CANT TRADEMARK A SONG NAME U IDIOT..NOTICE HOW HE DIDNT HAVE BALLS TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT 50CENTS NEW SINGLE WITH THE SAME TITLE OR LAST TIME I CHECKED THERES OVER 50 SONGS IN ASCAP WITH THAT NAME SO WHOs HE FOOLING? HES JUST ANOTHER ONE OF HER MIDDLE AGE WHITE MALE CHAUVINISTIC PIG USING HER FOR PUBLICITY LIKE THOSE NARCISSIST JEALOUS DESPERATE BITTER ENGLISH TEABAGS HATERS SIR ELTON JOHN & PIERCE MORGAN.

  10. AND WHAT A BULLSHT ARTILES SHE DOESN’T HAVE NOTHING TO PROVE SHES IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN AND DONE IT ALL THAT’S WHY SHES THE OTHER TRUE GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL MEGASTAR MULTI TALENTED GROUNDBREAKING DARING VISIONARY ARTIST AND PREFORMER ON EARTH AND THAT’S WHY SHE HAS RECORD BREAKING SELLOUTS ALL OVER THE WORLD LIKE STADIUMS THAT SHE SELLS OUT IN RECORD TIM AND HAS ALBUMS GO TO FREAKING NUMBER IN OVER 54 RECORD BREAKING COUNTRIES B4 ITS EVEN RELEASED JUST ON PRESALES ALONE!

  11. LUV

    LOVE IT! Madonna shows she can have fun..not always dark and deep.

    Looking forward for MDNA- already sold 2 million on Itunes pre-order.

  12. Miao

    Amen to that! Express Yourself is not “original” in the first place!

  13. John

    Song is nothing different from Celebation remix. And lyrics of the song… It seems like she is going for money of 12-15 yo children with that.

  14. MusicManDave

    Gotta L.U.V. MADONNA! She is once again showing us that she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Keep it current girl and keep us still interested after all these years. You are still the queen of Pop and will always be!!!

  15. 17days

    I’m curious what the criteria is for being included in the “review revue”? Some of these outlets have legitimate music writers on their staff, but are we now relying on any Tom or Dick on twitter with a fancy URL to provide us with insightful music criticism? What a waste of space.

  16. The new single lacks lot of depth, but it’s catchy.

  17. Giuls

    I am worried for her, she is getting old and not as sharp as she used to be.
    It is starting to be embarrassing seeing her wobbly in her high heels dancing away..
    Both singles from MDNA are flat as if she isn’t interested or too tired to take it to the next level…
    I feel we are experiencing her fall from grace, shame!
    Btw I am a fan too but we all have to be honest and admit it she s ruined her career in 4 minutes…

  18. Dj Isaac

    Screw all you Madonna hating critics. You all suck! You have all always been jealous of Madonna. Without a doubt she is the number ONE selling female artist of all time. Her new song is HOT! I don’t care what you say. I have been mixing club music since the 70′s and have seen all the trends. Girl Gone Wild is a very european club sounding track. If you don’t like it turn it off and bitch at someone. else. It will go to the top of the charts just like all the past Madonna tracks. Get over it people Madonna is Back , actually she never left. So THERE!!

  19. David Johnson

    Her voice sounds nasally, the music is 4 years old, and so much for female empowerment Madonna, Now we have her singing songs written by men like Jenson Vaughan talking about getting drunk on Tanqueray so you can lose your inhibitions, go wild, sin, and go astray. Is the music industry now owned by various brands of alcohol or something?

    So much for wanting to be a positive influence Madonna–and it’s sad to see you posing in this way. There’s a middle ground between Kabbalah and Ke$ha you know.

  20. scott

    why does no one care that every adele and tranny gaga song sound EXACTLY THE SAME and they’ve barely been around? oh, that’s right- people don’t like longevity in this business. #FlashesInThePan

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